The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist


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    The mountains surrounding Asheville and Hendersonville serve as a moderating influence from extreme conditions. Major snow storms are rare and annual precipitation is around 50 inches and average annual snowfall is about 15 inches. The mountains serve to keep the area cool also during the summer months, and with their higher elevations are usually 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the lowlands of the Carolinas and Georgia.
     Spring in the Appalachians is a wondrous time, with mild days and nights. Wildflowers are blooming
 abundance and all chance of snow has virtually disappeared by April. Summer brings more humidity and heat, although nothing like what the lowlands experience. Late afternoon thunderstorms are common and August usually brings a few weeks when it is hot enough for air conditioning. Temperatures can reach over 90 degrees in Asheville and Hendersonville. Such extremes are rare, however, at elevations over 4,000 feet. Winter doesn’t make its presence shown until after Christmas, and January and February can be very cold with temperatures dipping down below 20 degrees occasionally. Light snows and ice storms occur frequently, although the snow rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days. Big snowfalls can occur but they are rare. The Blizzard of ’93 dumped three feet of snow on the ground in less than 24 hours! 

Western North Carolina

Autumn Glory
    One of the most beautiful seasons in the mountains is autumn, when the colorful display of fall foliage Fall in Western North Carolinaspreads throughout the mountains. The peaks and valleys take on deep shades of crimson, brilliant orange, translucent yellow and earth brown every fall during September and October. Every year millions of visitors return to the mountains to admire this natural pageant of beauty, and one of the major routes is the Blue Ridge Parkway with its unbroken vistas and towering mountain peaks.
    The fall foliage usually reaches its peak in October, but the intensity of color and peak for each area is also determined by elevation. The higher elevations come into color first, followed by the lower ranges. Views from the Parkway can show you various stages of this transformation, with full color above you on the higher peaks and lush green in the valleys far below.




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