Piedmont color peaking this weekend

All signs were pointing to a lackluster display of fall color in the Piedmont this year: An exceptionally hot and dry summer stressing out the trees; a wet early fall, which in the leaf peeping world is akin to throwing water on a sparkling fire; a first freeze that came late, that freeze often being the light switch that turns on the fall show.

Yet with even with those key factors working against a good show, color has come to the Piedmont. By all appearances — based on scouting hikes to Umstead and Eno over the past two days — it appears to be peaking this weekend. Coupled with seasonal fall weather — cloudless skies, temperatures in the 50s — it is the perfect time to get out and explore. Odds are there’s a North Carolina State Park near you that’s currently in full bloom.

Use our slideshow for inspiration, then consult the state parks Web site for nearby viewing opportunities. Whatever else you have going on can wait.

Get out and enjoy this weekend.

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