Fall colors envelop a barn on U.S. 221 beween Crossnore and Linville Falls in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Barn quilts have been a part of rural North Carolina culture for years and continue to charm visitors to the area today. Arts Councils in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties have created reference maps to help motorists locate these hidden gems.

Visitors to the area should expect to see plenty of color along U.S. 332 and N.C. 181 headed up the mountain this weekend, when pleasant temperatures and sunshine are on tap.