A Very Late Autumn along the Blue Ridge

Today is October 25, and the mountains below 3,000 feet are still waiting for their first frost. This is historically late, and the trees know it. Aside from the Sumac and Sourwood along the roadways, the ridges remain green, with only the occasional Maple showing its flash of red and orange.

the maple in my back meadow

Ten days ago, I drove along The Parkway to the Linn Cove Viaduct, and although the color on the slopes of mile high Grandfather Mountain was dramatic, the colors along the Parkway were just not happening.

Blue Ridge Parkway at U.S. 221 below Grandfather Mountain
Linn Cove Viaduct
Grandfather Mountain Summit

On Saturday, October 23rd, I entered The Parkway from U.S. 70 east of Asheville, and drove north to a 3,000 foot Overlook. This was the only tree I found with color, and the slopes above 3,000 feet were still almost as green as Summer.

Hopefully, that first freeze will come soon, but the peak of color along The Parkway is still a week or more away. My fingers and toes are crossed.

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