Grave yard fields red color

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Foliage 2013 – October 2nd

We went up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and also drove over into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park this morning, and captured some really great photos of both the early morning mist and the current Blue Ridge Parkway fall foliage.

You may be thinking, “but I thought the parks were closed”.  Well, officially they are, but the Parks are still accessible, with some limitations.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Foliage Update – October 2nd

Bottom line:

  • Grave yard fields area (milepost 418) is at or very close to peek.  This week and this weekend will be optimal colors in this area.  See below for a few pictures we took today of Grave yard fields.
  • The rest of the parkway has splotches of color here and there, but still mostly green.  There are some really pretty reds, oranges and yellows starting to show.
  • The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is also still mostly green, with some splotching.  We found the Parkway to be more colorful right now.
  • About 1-2 more weeks, and we should be at peak season.  If I had to predict, I would say the weekend of the 19th should be peak time.

We caught the Parkway in Waynesville, and went east to towards Asheville.   We stopped at almost every overlook and took photos.   If you’ve never been on the Parkway early in the morning, it’s a sight to see with the mist sitting in the valleys between the mountains.

Blue Ridge Parkway Early Morning Mist

Mist in the valley from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Foliage Mist

Looking back on the Parkway from higher up.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall Color

Blue Ridge Parkway – Splotches of fall color as the mist begins to pull back some.

Blue Ridge Parkway Graveyard Fields

Second Falls – Graveyard Fields from the Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway Second Falls

Close-up view of Graveyard fields second falls.

Grave yard fields red color

Lots of red color in graveyard fields.

Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel

Tunnel on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Watch our Facebook page, we’ll be posting a lot more pictures!

Leave a Comment:

Austin says October 3, 2013

Thanks so much for the pictures. We had plans to be in Townsend the week of 10/27 but due to a change in our status we will not be able to make a trip this year. We where really looking forward to this trip so the pictures help relive some of the pain.
Thank you.

    Larry says October 3, 2013

    Hey Austin, you’re most welcome. Thanks for your comment, but sorry to hear you can’t make it. So glad to hear our pictures help, we’ll definitely keep posting them!

Dhwanit says October 3, 2013

What will be a better weekend for FALL colors on Blue-ridge and Smoky mountain
Starting 10/12 or the one starting 10/19

Larry says October 3, 2013

Dhwanit, honestly it’s hard to say and depends on what elevations. Above 5000 feet, 10/12 would be good, but below 5000 feed, 10/19 would be best. Above 5000 feet, we’re already seeing color change. If I had to pick one or the other, I would pick 10/19.

    Dhwanit says October 4, 2013

    Thanks Larry

Dale Allen says October 11, 2013

Would the week of October 25 be a good time to visit the Smokey Mtns. as far as peak color?
Thanks, Dale

Larry says October 11, 2013

Hey Dave, you might miss peak, at least at the 3000/4000+ level, but it should still be very pretty. The leaves seem to be turning a little slower this year. You can keep up to date on the foliage on our foliage tracking page:

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