Beautiful fall color lines the drive between Blowing Rock and Linville this week! It’s a favorite route for many in autumn. It’s easy to see why.

This weekend looks like it will be a good time to view beautiful color in Blowing Rock and similar elevations in the High Country. Appalachian State University biologist Dr. Howard Neufeld (“The Fall Color Guy”) stated on Saturday “The take home message is this: the best color can be found starting at the Yonahlossee Overlook near Grandfather Mountain and on up north to the Rough Ridge Trail on the Parkway. Even so, it is not yet at peak. There is still a lot of green, which means that next weekend [Oct 20-22] should be even better. And it’s supposed to get cool this week, which should hasten color development.


Highway 221 in Blowing Rock NC with fall foliage

October 17, 2017 | Highway 221 outside Blowing Rock | elevation near 4000 feet

Here’s the view of the Linn Cove Viaduct from Highway 221, also called Yonahlossee Road. This section was once known as “The Little Parkway” as it runs nearly parallel to the National Park road in this area.

view of the viaduct from 221 near blowing rock nc

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