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Price Lake, off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is another location that has transitioned to fall a bit earlier than normal this year.  The trees around the lake have been beautiful for the last couple of weeks and now the leaves floating on the water’s surface are just as nice as the ones that have yet to fall.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)

The widespread peak for the area is expected to be this weekend.  Brilliant color can be found all the way down to elevations of 2,500 feet, including the towns of Todd and Spruce Pine.  The area offers a wide variety of ways to experience and enjoy fall color including hiking and biking trails, lazy rivers to fly fish or boat on, scenic drives and great downtown walks in Boone, Blowing Rock and West Jefferson.