Oct. 26, 2016, 4:51 p.m.

Fall Color Report - Week 8


Today, October 26th, the weather AND fall colors are close to perfection. I traveled between Linville Falls and Little Switzerland, taking in a few back roads. As predicted, the southern mountainsides are showing about fifty percent green leaves, while the northern views remain colorful. Although, a few trees have lost their leaves, there are miles of gorgeous countryside!

From downtown Marion, traveling north on U.S. Hwy. 221 towards Linville, I turned right onto American Thread Road and merged onto Old Linville Road.  This 8+/- mile road parallels U.S. Hwy. 221, crossing the Linville River and opening to stunning views of the south side of Linville Mountain and the Little Switzerland community.

Picking up U.S. Hwy. 221 North, the North Cove community boasts long range views of the Linville Mountain Range.  Colors are more than fifty percent and spectacular.  You'll pass English Farmstead Cheese on the right, they're open Friday and Saturday only.  Definitely worth the time to stop, taste and buy!

I entered the Blue Ridge Parkway, driving south and for the next ten miles, the road is lined with color.  In some areas brilliant yellows, oranges and a few reds grab your attention, as you wind through the Pisgah National Forest.  

As I continued south, the elevation lowered and the mixture of green leaves to colors became 50/50.  At Milepost 328.3/The Orchard at Altapass, northern views are stunning.  If you stop, walk out onto their back deck.  The southern mountainsides have been waiting on colder weather, displaying quite a bit of green color.  They may take another week or so, before showing off their reds, yellows and golds.

Check out our Facebook page, I'll post more photos there, with locations.  We have another week to two weeks before all the colors have changed.  Stay tuned!