Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Colors
Scenic Drive with Best Fall Foliage
A Blue Ridge Parkway fall colors scenic drive from Blowing Rock to Asheville offers the best fall foliage spots, great walks and the renowned craft shops of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild.
This is one of the premier fall color tours in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. Partly because there are so many things to see and do along the way, and mostly because the parkway traverses so many different elevations that there are almost always great displays of color throughout the fall foliage season.
Start at Moses Cone Mansion just south of Blowing Rock and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile post 293.5 for a look at the fine crafts of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and then take a few minutes to enjoy the wonderful view of the autumn colors spread across the mountains from a rocking chair on the porch.
A few miles further along this Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive is Price Lake. At the height of fall colors, this is one of the prettiest spots in the mountains. The lakeside trail is a great choice for an easy walk 2.3 mile round trip walk with dazzling autumn colors overhead, all around and dancing reflections of the fall foliage on the surface of Price Lake.
Two short walks just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway scenic drive lead to spectacular fall color views. The first is at the top of Grandfather Mountain, exit the parkway at mile post 305.1, where a short walk crosses the mile high swinging bridge to an overlook with fall foliage views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The fall colors scenic views from the middle of the mile high swinging bridge are as breathtaking as they are from the scenic overlook.
If you are in the mood for hiking, this Blue Ridge Parkway fall colors scenic drive passes three great hiking areas: Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell (the highest peak in the east) and Craggy Gardens with a short 20 minute hike to spectacular Craggy Pinnacle.
And if you just want to enjoy the incredible autumn scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway fall colors are seen all along the drive and from the many look offs. The parkway autumn forest boasts many colors as Maple, Oak, Sumac, Sourwood and Tulip-Poplar all contribute various shades of red, bright orange and glorious gold to the autumn color palette. Even the rocky mountain sides are resplendent with bright red Virginia Creeper.
Be sure to pull off at the parkway overlooks for incredible views of waterfalls, individual trees at the height of fall color and even fall blooming flowers like Queens Ann Lace and Astor. Another stop worth making is the Historic Orchard at Altapass where you can buy many varieties of North Carolina apples, enjoy autumn activities and hear mountain music.
The parkway fall views of Linville Cove Viaduct, mile post 304, and Grandfather Mountain, mile post 305.1, are sublime, and there are plenty of other parkway autumn look offs and stopping places to enjoy. The Blue Ridge Parkway fall scenic drive is often busy, with cars driving slowly along this popular scenic drive as leaf peepers enjoy the profusion of fall colors..
Best of all, Asheville, with all its fine shops and restaurants is at the end! But before you leave the Blue Ridge Parkway you may want to stop and see the acclaimed Folk Art Center and the premier craft shop of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.
We have a detailed description of this, and other parkway scenic drive with more fall color photos at Blue Ridge Parkway. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the driving directions, or click these links, from Blowing Rock to Asheville or from Asheville to Blowing Rock. If you would rather enjoy the parkway autumn colors along a different section of the parkway, there are detailed instructions from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park or from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville.
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