Today’s featured image was taken on the Sim’s Creek Bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Blowing Rock. It’s between Moses Cone Park and Julian Price Park, and there’s a parking area just before the bridge when heading south. The parking area also provides access to the Green Knob Loop trail, which travels under the bridge and along Sim’s Creek, then over to Sim’s Pond before looping back through pastures and forests. At 2.2 miles in length, the trail is a moderate hike with a fair amount of elevation change. Hiking is an incredible way to enjoy fall color! When hiking, please stay on trails and obey any posted signage. Some of our plant communities are very fragile and we all want to keep them healthy to enjoy for years to come.

All the views in today’s images were taken from along the roadside- no hiking required. If you are stopping to take a photo, be sure to pull completely off the roadway. Please do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road. At overlooks and parking areas, keep six feet of distance between you and others; wear a face covering if you cannot. It definitely gets crowded on the Blue Ridge Parkway during peak leaf season, so we need your help to keep everyone healthy!

These photos are in order heading south on the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Grandfather Mountain. We’re seeing peak color in spot around and above 4000 feet, so that’s where we went! Through Price Park and on to milepost 303 with a view of the Linn Cove Viaduct, enjoy these scenes from peak week!