Do You Know… why autumn leaves change color?
The way plants turn water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and sugar is called photosynthesis. A chemical called chlorophyll gives leaves their green color and helps make photosynthesis happen. In the fall, the summer-loving dominant chlorophyll disappears from the leaves, and reds (anthoscyanins) and yellows and oranges (carotenoids) emerge. Awesome
For sweeping views this October, consider a drive along the Cherohala Skyway and Blue Ridge Parkway. Great hiking sites to enjoy fall foliage include Mount Mitchell State Park near Burnsville, West Jefferson State Natural Area, Uwharrie National Forest near Troy and Dismal Swamp State Park near South Mills.