Each fall a wave of brilliant colors starts in the mountains, rolls across central, urban landscapes and eventually washes out at the coast. If you time it right, you can surf its entire length. Leaf-peeping season usually starts mid-September in the mountains and can last into November on the coast. In all regions, the first trees you’ll see turn color are usually sourwoods and black gums, but what color you’ll see is up to chance. Sweet gums may be reddish-purple or yellow while sassafras may be yellow, red, orange or even purple. Regardless of the color, your best views will come from hiking trails.
via Fall Foliage Hikes.