Having lived in Western NC for over 25 years, I can honestly say that I have never seen a fall that wasn't beautiful. In some years, a hotter and drier fall may cause the leaves to drop over a faster period, but they are still beautiful.
We have had a VERY wet summer here at Mill House Lodge, so a dry fall doesn't appear to be in the forecast for this year and we are anticipating a gorgeous leaf season! To read more about what the experts are saying, read this recently published article in from the Citizen Times. Although we can never tell exactly when the peak will be (normally it lasts several weeks) we can say that the best bet is early through late October. Though it's up to Mother Nature, Romantic Asheville has their best guesses posted here.