Autumn Arrives Late along the Black Mountains
In past years, October 11th would have been the peak of color along the high ridges facing the iconic Black Mountain range, home to Mt. Mitchell, the tallest peak of all. Not this year. Although the colors have begun to roll down from the higher slopes, they are still five to seven days away from their maximum.
Wait a few more days before you visit this portion of the Parkway. Next weekend should be really beautiful, with pockets of bright color lasting through October 25th. After a dry summer, the colors should be brighter and deeper than ever, once they actually arrive.