Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 20, 2017

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color 9/17/17

Appalachian State University reports

So what ‘might have been’? Well I was out scouting the leaves and encountered a closed Blue Ridge Parkway just up from Asheville about 7 miles, and had to turn around. The Parkway was closed for the next 20 miles until Park personnel can remove downed branches and trees from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. This means I could not get to the Craggies, one of my favorite stops on the Parkway. . The good news is that by next weekend that section should be re-opened.

The other thing that ‘might have been’ was a visit to Mt. Mitchell. But instead, my car died on the way there. Luckily, for me, it did so at one of my favorite ice cream stops (Dairyland, at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Rt. 80 just west of Marion). Try the coconut ice cream – to die for! Rt. 80 is a very windy road that will take you up to the Parkway and from there you can go to Mt. Mitchell State Park. Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak in the eastern United States, at 6,684’ elevation.

See full report and photos at  Fall Color Report for Week of September 17, 2017 | Department of Biology | Appalachian State University

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