Asheville Balloon Company flies in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. You will ride with a highly experienced FAA certified pilot. Asheville Balloon Company rides are a great morning excursion for visitors and residents alike. Our hot air balloons lift off just west of Asheville, NC for a fantastic view of the mountains of, Read More
There is no simple formula for predicting fall color during the month of October, usually mid to late month, but it depends on your elevation. Leaves begin changing first on the highest peaks and conclude in the lower elevations.Intensity of fall color and time of peak color vary and are determined by complex environmental factors, as well as the genetic makeup of the plants themselves.
The “best” fall color for an area occurs during the shortening days of autumn when days are bright, sunny and cool, when nights are cool but not below freezing, and when there has been ideal rainfall. Adequate rainfall also keeps the leaves on the trees longer and enhances the color. Wet, cloudy, warm weather or exceptionally low temperatures in early fall tend to mute the much anticipated autumnal display.
Asheville has one of the most dramatic displays of fall foliage in the country. Extreme elevations, and more than 100 species of deciduous (leaf shedding) trees, give the Blue Ridge Mountains one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons. Be sure to book your flight and overnight accommodations early because most places sell out for this sought after season. Call Asheville Balloon Company at 828.707.2992.
The pilot will brief passengers on safety and procedures before they launch. During the flight passengers are encouraged to let the pilot know of other balloons, or obstructions such as power lines, ditches or fences that he may not be aware of. If the pilot has to cancel due to wind and/or rain, your flight can be rescheduled to the next mutually convenient day.
Passengers are required to sign an “Acknowledgement and Release” waiver prior to flight. Captain Tom Mackie has over twenty-five years experience in ballooning and safety is his top priority. Feel free to ask questions. We fly seven days a week as the wind and weather permit.