The late portion of the season brings color from more mature sassafras trees, hornbeams, and oaks. The oak trees in particular have been especially varied in hues this year, and vibrant as well. Though color at this elevation is thinning, the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock to Deep Gap still offers lots of pops of bright foliage. The main photo above features a firey scarlet sassafras tree at milepost 282.4. For reference, Blowing Rock is located at milepost 294. More below:

View from milepost 282.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Oaks at the intersection of Aho Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway.