Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn at Grandfather Mountain

I’ve found that the earliest Fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway occurs above 3,500 feet around Grandfather Mountain during the first week of October. This year, it actually began a little early, and my drive there on October 12th, found vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, in abundance.  An early morning visit allowed for the glow of a rising Sun, but as happens often along that iconic roadway, clouds and fog rolled in just as the colors were brightening. The Linn Cove Viaduct offered little visibility of the eastern mountains that has made that view so breathtaking. Undeterred, I was still able to capture the splendor of this annual event, and a return trip scheduled for next week will find a very different, but equally memorable scene as Autumn continues to work its magic.

Blue Ridge Parkway  NorthwestNorthwest view toward Sugar Mountain…

Grandfather Mountain Autumn parkwayGrandfather Mountain in fog…

Blue Ridge parkway autumn

Blue Ridge parkway north view

blue ridge parkway Grandfather Mtn.

blue ridge parkway  Linn Cove ViaductThe entrance to the Linn Cove Viaduct…

parkway Linn Cove ViaductOn the Linn Cove Viaduct in the clouds…

Blue ridge parkway Wilson CreekWilson Creek from the Viaduct bridge…

I made this three minute video during the drive… You must click on the site to see the video….





3 thoughts on “Blue Ridge Parkway Autumn at Grandfather Mountain

  1. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of my favorite “WV” season of the year…..only now that I am older, it reminds me of what comes next. Patsy

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