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Sept. 21, 2016, 8:53 p.m.

Blue Ridge Traveler's Week 3 - Fall Color Report

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Today, September 21st, offered a variety of weather conditions and colors!  Have you seen Mountain Ash with these brilliant red berries?  They are spectacular and dot the Blue Ridge Parkway landscapes between Milepost 344 (intersection of NC Hwy. 80 aka The Devil's Whip) and Craggy Gardens.  

Mountain Ash, Maple, Sassafras, Dogwood and Poplar trees continue to develop colors at the higher elevations.  Today, elevations ranged between 2900 feet and 5000 feet above sea level.  As you approach the entrance to Mt. Mitchell, colors begin to brighten, particularly those growing between rock outcroppings.

Appalachian University "professional leaf forecasters" are predicting an extended leaf season!  The weekend of September 23 and September 30 will be ideal.  Why?  Fewer people and color along the Parkway between Linville Falls and Mt. Mitchell.  Search our website to find a great cabin, cottage or hotel in and around the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Have questions?  Call us, toll free, 888-233-6111.

Enjoy our gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, any day, week or month of the year.  They are always spectacular!  

Happy leaf looking!