The middle of October is here, but the peak is at least a week away due to the dry conditions we had this summer. We have plenty of green landscape left for you to enjoy as the leaves continue to lighten and change, creating a striking contrast on our two-mile tree-lined drive.
We're also starting to see more leaves on the ground.
The arbor overlooking our lake is a great spot for leaf and bird watching:
Never fear leaf hunters -- there's plenty of color popping up throughout the Pisgah National Forest where we're located, and certain spots in our area are starting to see vibrant foliage.
We're especially starting to see some bright reds.
Heading out for a drive? One suggested fall foliage drive would be to go up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Grandfather Mountain, which has a mile-high swing bridge. We recommend taking the scenic route from the Inn to US-70 and from there, take US-80 up to the Parkway. Very scenic (and very curvy for those of you who like to drive in the mountains). Alternatively, drive down Route 9 to Chimney Rock. The views are expansive at both locations and you'll be sure to see reds, golds and oranges dotting the landscape.
Our county, McDowell County, has begun publishing periodic leaf reports. Check them out for details on where to catch the best leaf shows east of us.