Fall in Blowing Rock

FALL COLOR BLOG

  • Fall 2015

    • Fall Photo: October 29, 2016

      We will close our Daily Fall Photos this season with an image from today’s Halloween Festival in downtown Blowing Rock. Several maple trees in Memorial Park are still clinging to bright foliage, though about half have dropped their leaves. That’s

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    • Fall Photo: October 28, 2016

      Drives along local roads and highways are still spectacularly colorful. This shot was snapped from the passenger seat, the perfect place to enjoy the late-season color show.  Old Highway 421 near Deep Gap elevation 3325 This weekend is still a

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    • Fall Photo: October 27, 2016 view from the Blowing Rock attraction

      Now is the best time to enjoy the views from overlooks like The Blowing Rock attraction. The foliage in the John’s River Gorge is showing lots of beautiful shades of red and yellow. Over the weekend and in the coming

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    • Fall Photo: October 26, 2016

      Much of the foliage color in the area is taking on a softer quality, a slight shift from the brighter colors of early fall. Oak trees in the area are showing rich color now, too, and their colors tend to

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    • Fall Photo: October 25, 2016

      Downtown Blowing Rock is still decked out in fall finery, despite the local area being just past peak color. Of course, “past peak” doesn’t mean all the color is gone. Here’s the view of the Chamber of Commerce on Park

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    • Fall Photo: October 24, 2016 autumn oaks in high country nc

      Though we are just past peak at Blowing Rock’s elevation, there is lots of autumn color in town and on the nearby Parkway. The view areas, like those from the Blowing Rock and other local overlooks, are just starting to

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    • Fall Photo: October 23, 2016 fall foliage at Tweetsie railroad blowing rock nc

      Tweetsie Railroad is surrounded by ridges full of fall color. Saturday was windy, but there is still lots of foliage left on many trees at this elevation, as seen in this view. Tweetsie Railroad is open for one final weekend

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    • Fall Photo: October 22, 2016

      Today has been blustery and chilly, feeling more like fall than the warm days of the last week. Peak color is easy to find in the High Country this weekend. Views are filling with warm colors, like this one from

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    • Fall Photo: October 21, 2016 New River fall color

      Foliage along the New River is thinning, but still colorful and stunning. This view is from a bend in the river right near the Todd Mercantile. We would definitely recommend stopping in the shop for a taste of the baked goods

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    • Fall Photo: October 20, 2016 fall color at rough ridge near blowing rock nc

      More peak color could be found at Rough Ridge and the Tanawha Trail on Thursday. There were lots of hikers enjoying the views at sunset.  Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway Previous Color Update >> Next Color Update >>

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    • Fall Photo: October 19, 2016 fall color at bass lake in blowing rock nc

      Peak color is on display in areas around Blowing Rock. At Bass Lake, many of the water-side maples have dropped a lot of their leaves, while those on the ridge around Flat Top Manor are showing beautiful foliage. This maple

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    • Fall Photo: October 18, 2016

      There is so much fall color to enjoy today! Blue skies with big, puffy clouds are providing the perfect backdrop to all the warm hues. Today’s feature image is from Railroad Grade Road in Ashe County, which follows the path

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    • Fall Photo: October 17, 2016 fall color at Chetola resort

      Fall color is on display across the entire area. While we hesitate to say there is consistent peak color in a given range, there are definitely some spots showing peak color right now. Yesterday’s view of the Linn Cove Viaduct

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    • Fall Photo: October 16, 2016 fall color at the linn cove viaduct on the blue ridge parkway

      The areas around Grandfather Mountain are showing spectacular color today! This coming week will be an optimal time to enjoy fall foliage in the High Country. We just want to share several photos from this morning! Linn Cove Viaduct on

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    • Fall Photo: October 15, 2016 fall color in blowing rock nc

      We are getting very close to peak color here in Blowing Rock. There are a few isolated spots that are showing max color, but many look like this view on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Higher elevations, like those around Grandfather

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    • Fall Photo: October 14, 2016 broyhill park in the fall

      Broyhill Park in downtown Blowing Rock is a favorite scenic spot in the area. Today, you can see plenty of fall color in the shrubs surrounding the park.  There is more color coming on the trees, and the view here

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    • Fall Photo: October 13, 2016

      According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, cool mornings, moderate daytime temperatures and abundant sunshine have accelerated leaf color development in the High Country. In fact, since last weekend, hillsides in

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    • Fall Photo: October 12, 2016 fall color

      Foliage in the area is getting more vibrant every day as we get closer to peak color. Forecasters are predicting peak conditions at higher elevations this weekend. Right now, the drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Blowing Rock and

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    • Fall Photo: October 11, 2016 fall color on green hill in blowing rock nc

      There is more fall color to enjoy every day. These maples at the top of Green Hill Road have been shifting over the last week, but it seems like most of the color seen here happened overnight! It’s beautiful in

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    • Fall Photo: October 10, 2016 fall color at rough ridge

      The hike at Rough Ridge Overlook is a massively popular one. On an early Monday morning, however, the trail is beautifully quiet. Being up on the ridge in a bracing morning wind, surrounded by fall color and clear blue skies…

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FALL ACTIVITIES

  • Fall Articles

    • 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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    • Pumpkin Patch!

      The Blowing Rock Farmer’s Market will feature a Pumpkin Sale during the September 29th and October 6th markets. A Pumpkin Patch will be created on the Chamber of Commerce lawn, adjacent to the Market on Park Avenue. Veggies, whole foods,

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    • Area Hiking Trails

      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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    • Tweetsie Railroad’s 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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    • Family Halloween Fun in the High Country

        Halloween events for families abound! Follow these links for details about the following: Blowing Rock Halloween Festival Saturday, October 29, from 3:00 to 8:30pm. FREE activities at the Museum and park games, trick-or-treating, and a Scavenger Hunt. The highlight

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    • Fall Festivals in the High Country

      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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    • Waterfalls Near Blowing Rock

      Blowing Rock is home to several waterfalls, and there are even more to be found in the nearby region. See below for directions to more than a dozen waterfall viewing sites. Several require hiking, so they are arranged by trail

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    • Fall Fun for Families at BRAHM

      Special fall and Halloween-themed activities are planned at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum to celebrate autumn! Down in the Willow Garden: Scary Appalachian stories and Ballads for Halloween will be on Thursday, October 13. Featuring the eerily talented team

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    • Blowing Rock Halloween Festival

      Presented by Blowing Rock Parks & Recreation October 29, 2016 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 Creepy Crafts at

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