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view from peaks

Oct. 8 –  It is a beautiful day in the High County with the fall color putting on a show above 4,000 feet.  Only about 20 percent of the trees have started to turn in the 3500-foot elevations, so there is plenty of color left to enjoy this fall.

Today’s photograph by Helen Moss Davis shows visitors enjoying the view from the far side of the Swinging Bridge.  The warm weather has the skies a little bit hazy, but the views are still fantastic!

The best route for color right now is the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Grandfather Mountain exit at milepost 305 north to Blowing Rock.  That section will take you across the Parkway viaduct.

Other colorful routes are NC 105 from Seven Devils to Linville; NC 184 from Tynecastle to Banner Elk; and Beech Mountain Parkway to the top of Beech Mountain.

Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season.