Linn Cove Viaduct at Grandfather Mountain

Linn Cove Viaduct in late September

Hugging the rocky cliffs on the eastern slope of mile high Grandfather Mountain, the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway features a series of bridges that allow the traveler unlimited panoramic views of the many mountain ranges thousands of feet below. The crowning engineering achievement along this stretch of roadway is the Linn Cove Viaduct, a winding creation of steel and concrete, perched precariously on the steep, boulder strewn mountainside, seeming to float away from the confines of traditional roadways. You sense that you are flying far above the valleys below. This Viaduct is not merely a bridge, but is a destination unto itself. Vehicles slow to a crawl, wanting to make the experience last as long as possible. No one is in a hurry to leave. The sensation is magical.

Completed in 1987, the Linn Cove Viaduct has become the most visited spot along the most visited scenic roadway in America, and the perfect time to be there is in mid-October when the Autumn colors are at their peak. These images were captured on October 15th, 2020, and the attached video was made just after high noon. If you’ve never experienced this place, it must be added to your Bucket List.

This four minute video speaks for itself…

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