Near Parkway Viaduct

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Oct. 17 – Another sunny day at Grandfather Mountain, less breezy than the past few days. Helen Moss Davis took today’s photo early this morning from the Blue Ridge Parkway just south of the Viaduct.  The pictures she gets almost make the idea of getting up before dawn seem attractive!

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,
  • Beech Mountain Parkway to the top of Beech Mountain,
  • NC 181 from Gingercake Acres to Newland,
  • NC 194 from Elk Park to Banner Elk (road construction between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis),
  • US 19E from Spruce Pine to Cranberry
  • US 321 from Boone to Watauga Lake
  • US 421 from Boone north to Trade, TN
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  • I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
    Ryan
    Sugar Mtn, NC
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