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.

Blue Ridge Parkway East View
Looking east, the colors have a few more days to brighten…

Grandfather Mountain Cadillac
The first view of Grandfather Mountain in autumn is always memorable.

Grandfather Mountain October
The peak is almost 6,000 feet, but in the early days, this was believed to be the tallest mountain because of its exposed granite and impressive profile.

Boulder Field at Linn Cove
A large boulder field is suspended high above the Linn Cove Viaduct as evergreens mix with hardwoods to provide a full autumn palette.

Linn Cove Viaduct Autumn
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”.

2 thoughts on “Driving to Grandfather Mountain in Early October

  1. Vann scores another Winner !

    Perfect Vann…perfect!

    William Harrell

    Sent from William N Harrell Jr Personal Blackberry PDA

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