Fall colors increase tourism in North Carolina mountains

Fall is starting to show its vibrant colors in the North Carolina High Country and leaf-lookers are taking notice.

SEE PHOTOS: Fall colors in the North Carolina mountains

Channel 9 checked with several hotels in Boone and Blowing Rock on Friday and discovered only a handful of rooms were available and many were booked up. In downtown Blowing Rock, most of the parking spaces were filled up and popular overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway were busy.

Oct. 7, 2022: The vantage point from the Mile High Swinging Bridge parking area above the mountain’s famous switchbacks provides a nice look at fall color filling the landscape around Grandfather Mountain. In the foreground, blueberry bushes display their gorgeous, deep-red hue.
Oct. 7, 2022: The vantage point from the Mile High Swinging Bridge parking area above the mountain’s famous switchbacks provides a nice look at fall color filling the landscape around Grandfather Mountain. In the foreground, blueberry bushes display their gorgeous, deep-red hue.
Oct. 7, 2022: A view of Buckeye Lake from the Beechmtn.com live cam.
Oct. 7, 2022: A view of Buckeye Lake from the Beechmtn.com live cam.
Oct. 7, 2022: This photo was taken at Sims Pond (Milepost 295.9) on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Oct. 7, 2022: This photo was taken at Sims Pond (Milepost 295.9) on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Oct. 6, 2022: A particularly great spot for seeing fall color right now is outside the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, looking up at Linville Peak. The sugar maples near the parking area and habitats have turned a mix of orange and red (as illustrated in this photo), and the striped maples on the paths to the habitats are now turning yellow.
Oct. 6, 2022: A particularly great spot for seeing fall color right now is outside the Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, looking up at Linville Peak. The sugar maples near the parking area and habitats have turned a mix of orange and red (as illustrated in this photo), and the striped maples on the paths to the habitats are now turning yellow.
Oct. 5, 2022: Nice pockets of fall color are developing at the highest elevations (above 4,000 feet) in the NC High Country, as illustrated by this image from the Rough Ridge area. An extremely popular spot in fall for long-distance views, the trail to Rough Ridge is located at Milepost 302.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain.
Oct. 5, 2022: Nice pockets of fall color are developing at the highest elevations (above 4,000 feet) in the NC High Country, as illustrated by this image from the Rough Ridge area. An extremely popular spot in fall for long-distance views, the trail to Rough Ridge is located at Milepost 302.8 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain.
Oct. 4, 2022: This photo was taken at the top of Grandfather Mountain, near the Top Shop parking area. Typically a showstopper early in the season, the wild blueberries, also known as huckleberries, have turned a beautiful red at higher elevations. Grandfather Mountain and its immediate area are still mostly green with hints that a nice fall season is ahead of us. The weather this week is picture perfect with sunny days and chilly nights, also great ingredients for fall color progression.
Oct. 4, 2022: This photo was taken at the top of Grandfather Mountain, near the Top Shop parking area. Typically a showstopper early in the season, the wild blueberries, also known as huckleberries, have turned a beautiful red at higher elevations. Grandfather Mountain and its immediate area are still mostly green with hints that a nice fall season is ahead of us. The weather this week is picture perfect with sunny days and chilly nights, also great ingredients for fall color progression.

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A recent article by Appalachian State University estimated the economic impact of visitors to western North Carolina during the fall is around $1 billion.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Dave Faherty talks to visitors and local business owners who are expecting large crowds this weekend.

(Watch below: App State professor talks about fall foliage with Meteorologist John Ahrens)