Here’s when you should hit the road to see fall foliage

We’re helping you plan when to peek the peak of leaves changing near Greenville, SC.

Fall Foliage | Photo by @upstateoutdooradventurer

And it was all yellow…and red and orange. | Photo by @upstateoutdooradventurer

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It’s September, which means it’s time to unpack the flannel, pick some apples, and rewatch “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix. Plus, leaf it to us to help you plan the perfect time to peep the fall foliage.

We’ll be breaking it down by elevation, with trees at the top changing color first.

For reference: Greenville’s elevation is ~1,000 ft.

5,000+ feet

In early October you’ll see peak fall foliage at the highest elevations in the Blue Ridge Mountains like Graveyard Fields, Waterrock Knob + Mount Mitchell (each ~2-2.5 hours from Greenville).

4,000-5,000 feet

If you’re planning to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway or visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park (~2 hours from Greenville), circle early- to mid-October on your calendar.

3,000-4,000 feet

Mid-to-late October is when the fall foliage creeps closer to the Upstate and the road trips to the NC mountains get shorter. Think: Pisgah National Forest + Looking Glass Falls (both ~1.5 hours from Greenville).

2,000-3,000 feet

Late October is when the Upstate will start to peak, especially around our own mountains. Pro tip: A State Park Passport gets you access to Paris Mountain State Park, Table Rock State Park + Caesars Head State Park — three local spots with peeks of peak foliage. See Discover SC’s full list of state parks with prime viewing of fall covers.

Remaining Elevations

By early November, you’ll see fall foliage in your favorite Greenville spots, like Falls Park and along the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail.

What’s your favorite spot to see the changing leaves? Let us know.

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