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The view from Chestoa View Overlook (Milepost 320 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) looking back toward Grandfather Mountain.  As the season progresses, the areas south of Grandfather on the Parkway and at lower elevations, see more and more color.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Elevations above 4,500 feet are past peak but most of the region is at its best right now.  Particularly nice spots are the drive on NC 105 between Boone and Linville; the towns of Todd, West Jefferson and Spruce Pine and the area surrounding the Linville Gorge.