It finally feels like fall mid-October in Western North Carolina, and the leaves are starting to reflect that at the upper elevations.
While everything remains green down below, there’s plenty of color to be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway at around 5,000 feet of elevation.
A good bet to see color this weekend is a drive around Graveyard Fields and Black Balsam Knob off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There, plenty of red and yellows can be found. The overlooks around the area looking north offer views from the higher elevations and thus better color.
Overlooks offering views to the south, such as from Devil’s Courthouse and the many viewpoints of Looking Glass Rock, are still worth the trip, but the low-lying areas are filled with green vegetation.
The drive along U.S. 276 becomes more colorful, not surprisingly, as you drive up from the Pisgah National Forest entrance to the parkway. Several colorful trees can be found in the Pink Beds Picnic Area shortly before reaching the Parkway.
The National Weather Service is reporting a 60 percent chance of rain throughout most of the day Saturday with a high of 66 degrees for Pisgah Forest. Clear skies are in the forecast for Sunday with a high of 56 degrees.