Fall in Blowing Rock

FALL COLOR BLOG

  • Fall 2015

    • Family Halloween Fun in the High Country jburns_halloween1hch

        Halloween events for families abound! Follow these links for details about the following: Blowing Rock Halloween FestivalSaturday, October 31, 3-9:30. Free games, trick-or-treating, and the Monster March. 828-295-5222 Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Halloween FestivalFriday and Saturday nights in October,

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    • Daily Photo- October 26 IMG_4595

        While the most vibrant and consistent color can be found at elevations around 3000 feet, there is still a lot of autumn beauty to be found at nearby elevations. Today was again overcast, but even a dim day can’t

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    • Daily Photo- October 25 20151025_143845-900x5431

      At Moses Cone Manor, most of the color is found in the views today. But the ginko trees right by the manor are bright and golden. Moses Cone was an avid horticulturist, so the ginko trees fit in perfectly in

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    • Daily Photo- October 24 IMG_4587-900x5571

      The day started out incredibly foggy. Along the Parkway, if you were adventurous enough to brave it, the yellow and orange foliage turned the fog to warm colors in close areas. It’s quite beautiful to drive through, but it doesn’t

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    • Daily Photo- October 23 IMG_4566-900x6171

        As peak foliage color shifts to lower elevations, places like downtown West Jefferson have become even more beautiful. We had another day of blue skies and warm sun, and the day could not have been more perfect for being

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    • Daily Photo- October 21 Main Street Blowing Rock with Fall Color

      Just because this elevation is “past peak” doesn’t mean all the color is gone. While there are some bare trees here and there, all of the green has pretty much filled in and rich shades are replacing the brighter tones

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    • Daily Photo- October 20 IMG_4499-900x6001

      Afternoon light warms up the slopes behind the Blowing Rock Country Club on another beautiful afternoon. This is another spot that is still showing peak color. In general, though, areas around 3500 feet are past their peak. Higher areas, at

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    • Daily Photo- October 19 IMG_4492

      This morning at Rocky Knob Bike Park, the sun was lighting up the trees on the slope. Rocky Knob was built for both mountain bikers and hikers, and the trails here are just beautiful. It looks as though peak color

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    • Daily Photo- October 18 IMG_4488h

      The last few days have been full of blue skies, crisp mornings, and light breezes. Just glorious.  While higher slopes are beginning to thin, many trees right around Boone and Blowing Rock are still showing bright color. Some, like this

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    • Daily Photo- October 17 IMG_4472

      Sunset is an ideal time to take a fall drive along the Parkway. The warmth in the light turns everything golden and red. This view of the carriage trails at Moses Cone Memorial Park takes on a burnished quality, making

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    • Daily Photo- October 16 IMG_4460h

      Peak color in the area means that nearly every drive is a beautiful one. Particularly, the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Boone, Blowing Rock, and Deep Gap areas is incredible today, and should be for several more days. This means

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    • Daily Photo- October 15 IMG_4429

      Elk Knob State Park is located in the northern part of Watauga County, close to the Tennessee state line. The area is largely rural and undeveloped, which means beautiful scenery and views. Elk Knob is the third tallest mountain in

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    • Daily Photo- October 14 IMG_4392

      This is the week to enjoy a wide range of foliage in the High Country! According to the local “Fall Color Guy” and experts at Grandfather Mountain, “this is the peak week for the Blowing Rock-to-Grandfather Mountain section of the

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    • Daily Photo- October 13 booneforktrail

      While most of the region is showing fantastic fall color, there are some spots in the area that are more wind-blown than others. Price Park is one of them, but several trees are still hanging on to colorful leaves. Today’s

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    • Daily Photo- October 12 IMG_4270

      The views from Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway were amazing today! The trail was busy with people hoping to enjoy the sunset with peak color, and I think it’s safe to say that none of them were disappointed.

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    • Daily Photo- October 11 IMG_4180-900x6001

      The sun has returned today, and the foliage is really lighting up in the entire area. Today’s image was taken in Ashe County, where elevations are a bit lower than Blowing Rock. The color is really starting to fill in.

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    • Daily Photo- October 10 Vibrant fall color near Seven Devils, NC

      Light rain and heavy mists and fog in the area today make long-distance color viewing difficult. However, the mists always add a certain beauty to the scene, so there is still plenty to enjoy about a foggy fall day in

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    • Daily Photo- October 9 IMG_4134

      Downtown Blowing Rock is just beautiful right now. Often, it seems that trees along roadsides and in developed areas show color before those on surrounding hillsides, and the trees in town are certainly demonstrating. Today’s main photo was taken in

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    • Daily Photo- October 8 IMG_4117

      After a beautiful morning, the clouds returned for the evening. Despite that, the leaves in town still light up the scene!  Some rain is in the forecast for this weekend, offering chances to see the vibrant leaves cloaked in mists

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    • Daily Photo- October 7 AppSkiFall

      Today’s photo is from the top of Appalachian Ski Mountain along Flat Top Road in Blowing Rock. The elevation at this vantage point is about 3600 feet. It’s evident from this long range view that more color will be here

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    • Daily Photo- October 6 IMG_4096

      The High Country is set to begin showing amazing fall color, now that cloudy skies have cleared. Warm tones are showing in pockets all over, and views along the Blue Ridge Parkway don’t disappoint. While driving south to Grandfather Mountain,

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    • Daily Photo: October 5 IMG_4094-900x6111

      The sun is back! We saw lots of blue sky and sunshine today. It was a beautiful day, and the perfect opportunity to enjoy the increasing fall foliage. Today’s photo is from the community of Fleetwood in Ashe County. This

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    • Daily Photo- October 4 IMG_4085

      The rain is on the way out, and the colors around 3000 feet are beginning to get a bit more vibrant. Today’s view is from Carroll Gap Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Patches of color can be seen on

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    • Daily Photo: October 3 20151003_142443

      Even relentless rain can’t dim the beauty of the fall in the High Country. While there hasn’t been much sunshine to accelerate the foliage change, the cooler weather seems to be doing the job well enough. But be sure to

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    • Daily Photo: October 2 IMG_4079

      The views along the New River in fall are unparalleled, though it is still early in the season for consistent displays here. To show you how it’s coming along, here are a few photos from Railroad Grade Road in Todd,

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    • Daily Photo: October 1 Fall Color at Tweetsie Railroad

      It’s another wet day in the area, but that doesn’t stop the arriving fall color from lighting up the views. Today, the trees around Tweetsie Railroad and High Gravity Adventures are starting to show really nice fall foliage colors, especially

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    • Daily Photo: September 30 beaconHeightsSept30

      Today’s break in the clouds was such a welcome sight after nearly a solid week of rainy conditions! It was even better to see some bright colors lit up by the sun. As is usual this early in the season,

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    • September 23 Fall Color Update PriceLakeSept23web-2015

      Fall has arrived! There has been an unmistakable crispness in the air as the season moved in, and today is the official start of autumn. According to forecasters, this year’s foliage displays will be spectacular. Kathy Matthews, an associate professor

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    • Forecast Expert Sees “best leaf color season in recent memory” oct15Cone

      Kathy Matthews, an associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University, specializes in plants systematics and makes annual predictions about regional fall color. Recently she was quoted in the Asheville Cirizen-Times, saying, “This fall could be one of the best

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FALL ACTIVITIES

  • Fall Articles

    • Fall Festivals in the High Country OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

      There are lots of annual fall festivals across the High Country! Check out these fun events and round up your whole crew to enjoy. Bear in mind that the routes to most of these festivals can get heavy with traffic,

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    • Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train Ghost_Train

      The chilling sound of a long train whistle echoing through a fall High Country night signals that it’s time once again for Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival! This year’s Ghost Train will take place Friday and Saturday nights from

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    • Area Hiking Trails parkway_pricelake2_toddbush-300x3001

      Adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Julian Price Park, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock is the perfect place to begin your hiking adventure. Also nearby is Grandfather Mountain, the Linville Gorge Wilderness area, part

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    • Halloween Radio Drama wolfman-poster-2015-EDITED2

      Ensemble Stage Company presents a spooky Radio Drama each Halloween season! Classic stories come to life with live sound effects, local celebrities, and plenty of fun twists.  This year, it’s the radio adaptation of the 1941 movie horror classic The Wolfman starring

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    • Fall Fun for Families at BRAHM FallFables

      Special fall activities are planned at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum to celebrate autumn. Check out the program on Appalachia in Horror Films and Ghost Shows in the High Country on October 13, with terrifying treats and repulsive refreshments! Then,

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    • Halloween Festivities halloween_blowingrock

      Presented by Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation October 31, 2015   All events are free! Join us in Blowing Rock for some family-friendly fun all afternoon!   Prizes Awarded for the Costume Contest & Scavenger Hunt   Spooky Stories and

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    • High Country Wine Trail grandfather winery

      The High Country has a wine trail! If you haven’t visited our local wineries, you’re in for a real treat. Great wine and beautiful views combine for a unique experience at each location. Grandfather Mountain Winery is in Foscoe, just

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