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Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season.

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,
  • NC 181 from Gingercake Acres to Newland,
  • NC 194 from Elk Park to Valle Crucis (expect road construction in Matney),
  • US 19E from Spruce Pine to Cranberry
  • US 321 from Boone to Watauga Lake
  • US 421 from Boone north to Trade, TN.