The slopes around beautiful Lake Lure and along the Rocky Broad River near Chimney Rock are always the last to turn as autumn wanes. Above, the entrance to Hickory Nut Gorge is a little past peak with Lake Lure in the foreground.
On the banks of the river, the colors of the maples and oaks are still vibrant, above.
A lone chalet hugs the mountainside along the south bank of the river, above.
Due south of Lake Lure is Tryon Mountain, just north of the South Carolina state line.
Just north of the lake, a young Bald Cypress makes up in color what it lacks in size.
The trees along the Cedar Creek Gorge near the lake seemed to have saved the best for last.
A 16 degree morning finally slams the door on Autumn 2013. It was quite a colorful run.