Driving to Grandfather Mountain in Early October
A drive north on the Blue Ridge Parkway is always a treat, but to drive to Grandfather Mountain when the colors are near peak is something special indeed. Yesterday, October 9th, found a profusion of yellows and oranges, and most of the slopes above 4,000 feet are already nearing peak color.
Linn Cove Viaduct seems to float around the mountain. It was built this way so as not to disturb the natural rock formations that cover the steep slope. On the horizon is Table and Hawksbill Mountains along the eastern rim of Linville Gorge.
Below is a short video that will give you the three dimensional effect that makes driving the Parkway so exciting. The piano is Chad Lawson playing “”As Only Yesterday”.