The foliage-viewing season is about to begin here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The season usually begins at the end of September when the leaves of dogwood, sourwood, and black gum trees turn to deep red then yellow poplars and hickories burst into yellow, while maples bring red and sassafras turn orange and reach their peak in mid October. Finally, in late October, at the end of the season, oaks add a touch of brown and deeper reds.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best highways to view the fall foliage. The Parkway will become packed with plenty of the leaf-lookers, as thousands of visitors jam the highway (especially on weekends) to get a glimpse of the scarlet sourwoods, orange sassafras and the golden poplars. Drivers will enjoy the route's speed limit of 45 mph which is strictly enforced. Drivers can pull over at any if the overlooks and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
But no matter where you are, the way to cover the most ground—and take in the biggest eyeful of color—is behind the wheel. So gas up the car, get plenty of film for your camera, pack a picnic and head out to take in a breathtaking view of nature's best show of the season.
While your out and about viewing the beautiful array of colors take time to travel on into historic West Jefferson NC. West Jefferson is only a short distance from the Blue Ridge Parkway and is best known for it's arts district and murals that are throughout town. There is plenty to do and see here in West Jefferson. Upon your visit, come by A1 Mountain Realty where the dedicated staff of Ashe County Realtors will asset you in finding that perfect piece of Ashe County Real Estate.