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Leaf Season Running Late

Hotels are booked up and mountain businesses are booming for fall leaf season.

But some people are showing up at Chimney Rock State Park and asking, where are the colors? "We were expecting a more spectacular view of reds and yellows," said Ben Manley, who came from Atlanta to see the leaves.

The park estimates that it won't see peak leaf color for another 2 weeks. The Chimney Rock and Lake Lure areas often see color later in the season because of their lower elevations compared to the majority of the mountain region.

"In order to get the colors to really pop you need kind of a cold snap, we haven't really seen that yet," said Matt Popowski who manages public relations for the park.

Popowski says the leaf season schedule is likely behind due to the weather.

"The weather pattern here recently has been warmer and wetter than what would be maybe ideal conditions," said Popowski. But Popowski cited the weather pattern in the coming week - cool nights and sunny days.
"I think we're actually going to see a pretty good fall down here."

Click here for a link to the park's Fall Leaf Report

Click here to like Chimney Rock Park's Facebook Page


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