Autumn at Peak Color on N.C. 80

Beginning in Marion, N.C,, and ending between Burnsville and Spruce Pine, Highway 80 snakes its way to the Blue Ridge Parkway at the 3,600 foot Eastern Continental Divide, then heads down into the Toe River Valley along the eastern side of towering Mt. Mitchell, before heading north to Micaville, and U.S. Highway 19. Near Marion, it weaves around Lake Tahoma before climbing 2,000 feet to the Parkway. On this November 1st, the colors were incredible.

Lake Tahoma
Lake Tahoma Reflections

At the 2,500 foot level, the colors were vibrant in every direction…

Every curve offered nature’s best work…

Reaching the summit at the Parkway, NC 80 passes under one of the iconic stone bridges from the 1930’s…

The twenty minute drive down into the valley is filled with breathtaking views of the surrounding ridges…

My ultimate destination on this mild blue sky morning was the Mount Mitchell Golf Course, part of a vacation community of townhomes and mountain residences, with views of the Black Mountains, and 6,700 foot Mt. Mitchell…

No matter the season, NC-80 always offers a memorable journey, but when the colors of Fall are surrounding you, there’s no better place to be. Don’t miss it.

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