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
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.
Mist in the valley from the Blue Ridge Parkway
Looking back on the Parkway from higher up.
Blue Ridge Parkway – Splotches of fall color as the mist begins to pull back some.