From Chimney Rock to Grandfather Mountain

On Wednesday, October 9th, I went to the top of Chimney Rock, then drove to the Blue Ridge Parkway below Grandfather Mountain, with a few stops in between. Fall colors will be about ten days late this year because of a very hot September, and no rain for five weeks. That just gives us a little more time to enjoy Summer.

chimney rock

pumpkin kidChimney Rock Gift Shop

hicko ry nut gorgeHickory Nut Gorge to the west…

east mountainsNorthwest Rutherford Mountains to the east…

Lake Lure HorizonsLake Lure at east end of the gorge…

lake lureLake Lure with Bill’s Mountain to the east…

vann 2Yours truly atop “The Rock”

ej 3Oldest tourist attraction in  the Mountains…

Lake Lure 1Lake Lure looking northwest…

Rumbling BaldRumbling Bald Mountain above Yacht Club Island. Exposed granite is part of the Sugarloaf earthquake fault.

pinnacle peakNorthwest Rutherford Mountains ten miles north of Lake Lure, looking to northeast…

viaduct 1North entrance to Linn Cove Viaduct on the Parkway below Grandfather Mountain…

brp 1Looking south toward Linville Gorge… A cloud bank covered the entire area with a temperature of 57 degrees.

brp 2The “Viaduct” was visible below the clouds at 4,800 feet…

toward linvilleFor an instant, the clouds parted to reveal the distant peaks of Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain on the northern rim of Linville Gorge.

ej 7Along The Parkway…

wall

Granite retaining wall built in 1986 to keep cars from plunging 1,000 feet below.

 

One thought on “From Chimney Rock to Grandfather Mountain

  1. Thanks for the beautiful pictures from Chimney Rock to Grandfather Mountain……..great picture of decorative storefront.  I can see the changing of colors is a bit later this year…..Patsy

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