Oct. 12 – It is rainy and chilly at Grandfather today, but Helen Moss Davis captured lots of color beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct when photographing from US Highway 221.
The rain will knock some of the leaves to the ground, but after the rain comes through we can expect a new flush of color for this weekend’s Valle Country Fair and Woolly Worm Festival. Only about a third of the trees between 3,000 feet and 4,000 feet have turned, so there are plenty of leaves left out there to add color to the weeks ahead.
The best route for color right now is the Blue Ridge Parkway from Spruce Pine to Virginia. Other colorful routes are NC 105 from Linville to Boone, NC 184 from Tynecastle to Banner Elk, Beech Mountain Parkway to the top of Beech Mountain, NC 181 from Jonas Ridge to Newland, NC 194 from Elk Park to Banner Elk (road construction between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis), US 19E from Spruce Pine to Cranberry, US 321 from Boone to Watauga Lake and US 421 from Boone north to Trade, TN.