Although I love all the seasons in our area, fall in western North Carolina is my favorite. Fall officially starts on September 23 this year and soon our trees will change to colors of orange, yellow, red and gold. If you have never experienced the fall you will want to make a short trip to our area. Watch the weather channel and find out when peak time is.
Like Florida has the “snowbirds” we have the “leaf peepers.” The town of Murphy and surrounding areas start to swell as tourist come to witness the spectacular colors. There are plenty of rentals for a long weekend or you can move around our area and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The Blue Ridge Parkway extends 469 miles through the southern Appalachians of Virginia and North Carolina. It links the Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive and the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. To travel the entire Parkway will take at least 12 hours of driving time. You will be traveling slowly since the speed limit is 45 mpg, but you will want to stop often at the pull offs to enjoy the splendor.
There are eleven Visitor Centers along the Parkway. Each is designed to provide information on the activities and facilities in the area. Also, there are 3 concession lodges and a cabin complex, along with 7 restaurants, 3 service stations, and other facilities. Check out the concession website.
Among the more popular things to do along the Parkway are: hiking, wildflowers and fall color viewing, photography, bicycling, historical and cultural demonstrations, and ranger guided walks and evening programs.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac – “The autumnal equinox is when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. (The celestial equator is the circle in the celestial sphere halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth’s equator projected out onto the sphere.) Another definition of fall is nights of below-freezing temperatures combined with days of temperatures below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The word equinox means “equal night”; night and day are about the same length of time. This occurs two times each year: Vernal in late March and Autumnal in late September.”
Here is a link to a map that shows you the timing for fall color.
Come and enjoy the fall with us….it doesn’t last very long!
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