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The Enchanting Blue Ridge Parkway Near Asheville, Where "The trees are in their autumn beauty..."

Blue Rdige Parkway just outside of Asheville, NCThe Blue Ridge Parkway ...

 

 THIS  may be the most unique of all the parks in the US Park System. A haven for ECO Tourists, it may also be my favorite.

Why? Well, for one thing, it really is a parkway...and it is so accessible.  It's just 5 minutes from my home here in Asheville, N.C.  I could bike on over, or hike the trails any afternoon. I could notice that biodiversity is holding it's own even though we are in a surge of development nearby.

 

Another reason: My real estate clients find it enchanting. Come to think of it, at this time of year,(at any time of year)  I find it enchanting!. So I'm inviting you to drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville, stop at almost any overlook or trail, and you will have a privileged view into the natural and cultural history in the Greater Asheville area. It may turn out to be your favorite park, too. I'd be interested to know ...

Blue Ridge Parkway Picnic Near Asheville

 

And remember,
this is not just an "Asheville-Thing" ...                          
the Parkway extends beyond our backyards for almost 500 miles  between the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.


 You might want to use this food guide  to find one of our restaurants featuring locally-grown food in Asheville, so that you can pick up a healthy snack for a picnic break. We sure enjoy doing that! There are incredible picnic spots and vistas like this one you see in the photo (to your right) that I took not long ago.

 

 

  

 Our family took a drive along the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway one summer in the 1980s. The drive was leisurely and relaxing except for when, unexpectedly, we found the place where the last  buffalo in North Carolina was killed. We spotted a few black bear. We saw lots of wild turkeys. Most of all, we enjoyed being together in sunny picnic areas by huge old trees. Today that drive is one of our fondest memories. 

While there may be no buffalo to spot in North Carolina, at this time of the year, there is something quite spectacular for you to see as "The trees are in their autumn beauty..."

 

WHAT FOLKS SAY ABOUT THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY:

Because of the changing color show, some of my real estate clients will tell you that this is the best season of the year to wend your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Look just below for a link to a map. I shall await your happy exclamations. From Asheville, with the use of the Milepost system (the numbers increase as you drive south), you can easily find points of interest along the way.    Here's a map to use.

Tour guides will tell you, "The much-anticipated change in fall foliage happens here around the middle of October. ...Rather than going to one spot hoping to find good color, you should plan to drive some distance on the Parkway, changing elevations and north-south orientation. Any one who does this around mid to late October will catch at least some of the pretty color that we're famous for."  

Clients or tour guides have words to say. But at this time of year, you will hear me quoting  William Butler Yeats  

"THE trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky..."

... because life along this highway clearly is poetry.

 Did You Know?
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most visited unit of America's National Park System, consistently attracting about twenty million visitors each year.

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"THE trees are in their autumn beauty,
The woodland paths are dry,
Under the October twilight the water
Mirrors a still sky..."

and I will be posting photos of the October vistas soon.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago
Fall TreesI'm headed to the Shenanoah Valley part of the Parkway next weekend.  I love it all times of the year but you can't beat fall!
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago
Thanks for the mini tour janeAnne! Will look forward to your photos!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago
Wow,  that is gorgeous!  I can see why it is a popular park for people to visit.  I still want to make it up there one day.  Even my daughter is after me to go...she is my nature girl.  :)
Posted by Stephanie Edwards-Musa, knitwit at thred UP (thredUP.com) almost 11 years ago
Thanks for the introduction to this wonderful parkway.  I will have to make sure if I get you way to take it in.  I do love the autumn.  It is a wonderous time of year!
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 11 years ago

Cindy~ 

I love it all all times of the year, too! It seems, for me,  to be an "always-there" opportunity to smile.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago

Sally~ 

We aren't quite in our color-explosion yet, but I will be out on the Blue Ridge-Parkway soon. I'll let y'all know when the photos of '07 are posted!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago
JaneAnne - perfect timing!  I'm taking my 87 -year young aunt on the Blue Ridge parkway mid October- her plan... and I'm emailing her your blog -- she'll love it!   I even printed out your list of restaurants for our picnic lunches...  Thanks!  great idea for an article
Posted by Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions (Environmental Visions) almost 11 years ago
janeAnne, this sounds beautiful! I would love to take this drive (on the bike) I miss the change of seasons, we don't get that here.
Posted by Lysa Napolitano almost 11 years ago
Asheville is so beautiful this time of the year! One of my favorite places to stay in when I'm visiting the area is the Pisgah Inn. They have the best restaurant and the most beautiful views.
Posted by Darleen McCullen, Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate almost 11 years ago

Eva~

I just read the first installation on your BLOG about your trip north from Florida and into Georgia. I know you and your Aunt will love riding the Blue Ridge Parkway...and so soon! YES!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago

Lysa~

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite ride...especially when the colors are flying above you as you feel the breezes on your face...I highly recommend a trip to North Carolina...right now!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago

Darleen~

We are so lucky to have incredible locally-grown food in our restaurants (so FRESH!)...and tailgate markets, too...great to pick up supplies for picnics along the Blue Ridge Parkway...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 11 years ago
boy oh boy do I miss the seasons and the changing leaves down here in Miami.  The snuggly feeling of a warm sweater, jeans, boots, beautiful leaves....  Thanks for sharing and providing a little nostalgia for a Virginia girl.
Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 10 years ago

Janie~ 

I took a drive on the Parkway yesterday. The-leaves have fallen mostly now...it was about 45 degrees and sunny. Crisp mountain air...nothing like it. Come on back!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago

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