I have been to this area many times in the Fall, including Chimney Rock, Lynville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, etc. I believe the leaf changes are more spectacular here than in New England. We are planning to go back this year but cannot decide weather the peak color changes would be best in the 3rd or 4th week in October. Basically we would be coming from the Northeast along I81 to I77 to Boone and Blowing Rock continuing though the Pisgah Mountains to Ashevile then through the Great Smokie Mountains NP and north through Daniel Boone Nat Forest and the Cumberland region to Lexington, KY. It's about an 11 day trip. We can't decide whether the leak colors would peak from October 16 - 26 or from the Oct 26 - Nov 2. Any help or general comments from knowledgable persons would greatly appreciated.