Fall Foliage Report for the High Country, Boone, Blowing Rock and The Blue Ridge Parkway.
Fall Foliage is in full swing here in the high country, with many areas showing brilliant reds, golds and yellows. The earlier part of the change is my favorite time. It seems like the colors are typically more brilliant and even though the valleys haven’t quite turned, I like the beautiful greens mixed in with all the colors. It creates some contrast to highlight those brilliant colors.
I take the Parkway home every day after work, even when work doesn’t take me in that direction… I see that it does. It’s a nice way to decompress from the day and catch the beauty that I call home. Before I give the Fall Leaf Report, I should mention that I’ve noticed uniformed rangers in marked vehicles at the gated areas on the Blue Ridge Parkway over the last couple of days.
I’m not exactly sure what that means… maybe they know something we don’t.
The Parkway is still open to vehicle traffic and the overlooks are all open. Only the manned areas like campgrounds, Moses Cone, Price Park, etc… are closed for the time being.
Now, for that Fall Foliage Report!
Overall, the Parkway is showing good color in the Moses Cone through Linn Cove Viaduct areas. Areas along the road are simply stunning. Showing great fall foliage. Down in the creek bed areas of Boone Fork and Wilson Creek watershed are turning nicely. The areas right at water level are close to peak. Photographers, don’t wait to photograph the lakes… one good wind usually will take them down overnight!
The Viaduct area is good, but spotty, my guess is that early in the week will be peak. Higher areas like Rough Ridge, Grandfather Mtn. and the Boone Bowl(Cragway Trail) are in full color. Some of the most brilliant color I have seen yet has been at the Cragway Trail and Boone Fork Creek. Access this from the Boone Fork Parking area and follow the signs.
Areas like Beacon Heights, Crabtree Falls and Price Park will be quick to follow. Around the middle to end of next week, we will begin to loose a little color up top and the winds will take their toll, but the color will begin to make it’s trek down the ridge lines into the valleys. This is a favorite time for most as the valleys will be a blaze in fantastic color! Pull up to almost any overlook and get your camera ready for the breathtaking view before you.
We hope your fall is a great one and please don’t hesitate to contact us for additional information. Charge those batteries and get on out there. Happy Shooting!