I’m always a sucker for some gorgeous fall color drives. On Saturday, I had to make a trip over to Watauga Lake to check on some weatherproofing that I had done on my boat. While there is still a lot of Autumn color to be enjoyed in the higher elevations such as those that you can find at ANY of our mountain communities from Wisp Resort in Maryland, to Snowshoe Mountain, Canaan Valley, Timberline and Winterplace in West Virginia to every mountain in Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee – there is also no question that MOST of the higher elevations are now past peak color.
Our usual, peak-fall-leaf-gawking season is from around October 5th through perhaps October 20th or so, however I can tell you that many locations across all of our mountain communities are still quite stunning. As I drove up and down Hwy 105 and Hwy 184 this past week I marveled at how the fall-season is still in brilliant display…and NOW the roads are not bumper-to-bumper with vehicles.
As previously mentioned, I made the short trek from Banner Elk to Hampton, Tennessee on Saturday and I thought you guys might enjoy a bit more of God’s handiwork.
After checking in our my weatherproofing, we headed back on Hwy 321/67 and I decided to make a short detour off the road, onto Dennis Cove Rd. I have been going to Watauga Lake since about 1988 or so and never once have I ventured down Dennis Cove Road. It is a short 4-5 mile drive to Black Bear Resort and the Dennis Cove Rec Area, and it was a nice day to just get off the main road.
Boy was a glad I did. The drive was really beautiful and offered some sweet, late-season fall color.
I hope you guys enjoy the virtual version of the trip.
If you have the opportunity to make a short trip to the mountains over the next few days…there is still plenty of color to experience.
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