Saturday, October 11, 2008


The color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it.
--Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian scientist and artist

Ventured into the high country of North Carolina and was not disappointed. I think I took enough photos today to keep me busy for a week or more -- The fall colors were absolutely amazing! And the good news is that it's not yet peak, so if you haven't gotten out to take a look-see, there's still time. I'd guess that next weekend will be the peak in and around Grandfather Mountain. If you're planning a visit to Grandfather Mountain or locations nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I'd really recommend going during the week. But if you can't go until next weekend, then I'd plan on arriving early (8-10 am) in order to beat the crowds. If you're heading that way, here are some places to consider visiting...

Grandfather Mountain
Linn Cove Viaduct
Rough Ridge Overlook
Beacon Heights Overlook
Price Lake
Moses Cone Estate
Bass Lake
(If you have other places in the area to recommend, please leave us a comment below!)

Already at peak this weekend are the stunning maple trees lining Bass Lake (pictured above) outside of Blowing Rock, NC. What a beautiful place! The lake, which was once part of the Moses Cone estate (click here to learn more), is the perfect spot for a stroll or jog (0.7 mile loop). If you've never been there, I really recommend you check it out! To see my previous Bass Lake posts, click here.

Directions: Bass Lake is easily accessed on Route 221 south (a.k.a. Yonahlossee Road) just outside of Blowing Rock, NC. Click here for a map of the area.

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