Cruising Down the Blue Ridge Parkway in Autumn
A big advantage of living in the mountains is the ability to visit The Blue Ridge Parkway more than once when Autumn arrives. Each year, the progression of leaf color is different, and only with multiple visits can one find the best display. Last Thursday I drove up to Grandfather Mountain, and the leaves were already falling. On Saturday, I drove south of Linville Falls, and there were no vibrant yellows or bright reds yet. Just three days later, on October 16th, everything had changed. Driving south toward Mt. Mitchell, the colors were the best I’ve seen this season.The peak of the color doesn’t happen all at once. You have to find those pockets where all of the factors that create these hues work together for the perfect show on any given day.
From the same overlook…
Mount Mitchell is the tallest of them all… Below is a short video that will take you along for the ride. The creek at the beginning is just one of many that flows down from the slopes below the Parkway.