Blue Ridge Again

(Maggie Valley to Cherokee NC)
In my continuing quest to find some fall colors, I decided to drive a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. With elevations over 5,000ft, I though it would provide a better chance.

Great Smoky Mountains

Blue Ridge Parkway Viewpoint

There were lots of pull-outs, and nice views; but, little in the way of fall colors. Some wildflowers and sumac bushes did provide a glimpse of what was to come.

Great Smoky Mountains

Wildflowers and Rocks

Great Smoky Mountains

Sumac bush colors

While up there, I spoke with a professional photographer who was on the same quest. He said the colors were a bit late this year. Then he suggested some places nearby, and shared a few of his favorite spots to shoot.

Great Smoky Mountains

Some colors beginning to appear

After driving that segment, I stopped in Cherokee for lunch. It was very crowded, and way too touristy for my tastes. So, I headed to my next camp in the mountains.

Camp: Deep Creek CG-NPS drycamp
Scene: Mountain overlooks

Note: This visit occurred in October.

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