First Day of Fall along the Blue Ridge

Wednesday was the official beginning of Autumn this year, and I wanted to see what the colors were like above 3,000 feet along the Blue Ridge. I was shocked to find that many areas were already experiencing bright bursts of color, even this early in the season.

In the company of a good friend from Minnesota, I first went to the east side of Linville Gorge. Here is the view toward Brown Mountain that we found as we worked our way toward Hawksbill Mountain.

Brown Mountain Vista

A View of distant ridges from steep Hawksbill trail...

A View of distant ridges from steep Hawksbill trail…


After a strenuous hour long climb to the summit of 4,000 foot Hawkbill Mountain, we were rewarded with these incredible views of Linville Gorge…
Linville Gorge from Hawksbill

Linvlle Gorge Horizoni

Linville Gorge northern view

Table Rock Mountain to the south was capped with fog…
Table Rock at Linville Gorge

2,500 feet below, the Linville River continues it’s relentless work at carving this “Grand Canyon of the East”.
Linville River Gorge

Two tired climbers paused to enjoy the view and have a Coors…
Linville Gorge Buddies

The vegetation on the summit was stunted from the harsh conditions in that exposed area.

Mercy discovered that the Hawksbill summit was nothing like Minnesota.

Mercy discovered that the Hawksbill summit was nothing like Minnesota.


We made the difficult descent back to the car, and headed for the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway below Grandfather Mountain. The yellows and oranges were already in plentiful supply…
Blue Ridge Parkway Stopover

Linn Cove Viaduct Biker

Linn Cove Overlook
Perched on a rock above the viaduct, Table Rock Mountain on the horizon to the left, and Hawksbill Mountain to its right, reminded us of our earlier climbing accomplishment at Linville Gorge.

6 thoughts on “First Day of Fall along the Blue Ridge

  1. Wow!  Beautiful and it does seen early for leaves to change.ThanksPatsy From: Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog To: pjcar119@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, September 25, 2015 10:49 AM Subject: [New post] First Day of Fall along the Blue Ridge #yiv5119891149 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5119891149 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5119891149 a.yiv5119891149primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5119891149 a.yiv5119891149primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5119891149 a.yiv5119891149primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5119891149 a.yiv5119891149primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5119891149 WordPress.com | Carolina Vann posted: ” Wednesday was the official beginning of Autumn this year, and I wanted to see what the colors were like above 3,000 feet along the Blue Ridge. I was shocked to find that many areas were already experiencing bright bursts of color, even this early in the ” | |

  2. Beautiful photos and blog. I am originally from the nearby area. As a teenager we used to climb up the rock wall at Linville Gorge and jump into the water below. I now live in Austria. Your photos brought me nice memories of home!

  3. I would love to move to this area! so beautiful, cant wait to see it all again next weekend. Your photographs are breathtaking

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