Fall is one of the most popular times to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. In Asheville and Waynesville fall is welcomed by festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, outdoor activities, seasonal beers, and of course scenic drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
There is no other place in the world like the Blue Ridge Parkway for leaf peeping. The Parkway consists of 464 miles, stretching from Tennessee to Virginia. 46 of those miles are right outside our doors at East Fork Ranch, located in Haywood County, NC.
From East Fork Ranch the Blue Ridge Parkway can be accessed using 276, and is just a short 20 minute drive to the entrance traveling through some of the beautiful Pisgah National Forest. You will enter the Blue Ridge Parkway at approximately mile marker 412. Once on the parkway you can either head North towards Asheville, NC or South towards the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Either direction offers some great overlooks for fall leaves.
Here’s a great list of North Carolina experiences by milepost numbers. http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/v.php?pg=827
To mark the fall equinox today, September 22, 2016, we thought it would be fun to share some photos of our weekly fall adventures on the Blue Ridge Parkway last year.
Fall Photos From The Blue Ridge Parkway – Fall 2015
September 24, 2015 – Blue Ridge Parkway
It was still early in the season, but we could definitely begin to see some of the leaves changing in the higher elevations.
October 8, 2015 – Blue Ridge Parkway
The leaves were definitely starting to show their colors at this point. Still mainly in the higher elevations, but we can see the colors working their way down the mountains. This photo is from one of the first pull off on the Blue Ridge Parkway entering from 276. It is view of the famous Cold Mountain.
October 12, 2015 – Blue Ridge Parkway
The colors have now become more widespread. There was still some green in the lower valleys, but the higher elevations were beginning to peak. These photos were taken at the Pink Beds overlook about 35 minutes from East Fork Ranch.
October 18, 2016 – Blue Ridge Parkway
We can now see lots of color and some beautiful blue sky days had been gracing the area at this point last year. The colors were continuing to peak and the valley were starting to to completely turn. This day we decided to take a drive towards Asheville, NC. These photos are from the Bent Creek area which is about an hour from East Fork Ranch.
October 21, 2016 – Blue Ridge Parkway
The colors were definitely peaking at this point. These photos were taken at Funnel Top overlook which is about 40 minutes from East Fork Ranch.
October 24 – Blue Ridge Parkway
Knowing that the colors had peaked we decided to take one more venture on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this time for the sunrise. If you ever have a chance to watch the sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we highly recommend that you do. These photos were taken near the Pisgah Inn which is about 50 minutes from East Fork Ranch.