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Old 10-20-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Is waiting until Veteran's Day Weekend too late to see fall leaves in the mountains? If not, anyone have any recommendations of where to go then (with kids)? I think some of the seasonal family activities will be closed by then.
I would suggest at that date that you consider going to Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. They are at a lower elevation than the Parkway and should be just right of just past peak for your visit
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:20 PM
 
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I was looking for this thread on the Western Carolina forum to tell you what a great time we had. We decided to go to Grandfather Mountain, and had a great time. Being one fry short of a happy meal, I didn't realize it would be SOOOOO cold up there. Only downside of that is that we drove most of the mountain instead of climbing it, but enjoyed it just the same. Loved the mile high bridge and the bears. I could have driven one end of the parkway to the other and never felt bored. I am deffinately going back in the spring to see all those rhododendruns in bloom!!! It must just as spectacular as the fall foilage? Gorgeous mountains!!
I'm SO glad you enjoyed your time up at Grandfather Mountain Yes, it is just as beautiful in the spring - just with a different set of colors! Definitely go back when you can do some of the trails!!! YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR KIDS!!!
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:42 PM
 
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They were with us and loved it. They are convinced they heard a screaming female panther in the woods and ran as fast as they ever have. Maybe we spent too much time at the wild life center????
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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We are headed back up with some friends on Saturday!! Hope to get some great pictures!! I love the mountains!
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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Heading out there today but in the truck. Probably freeze to death on the HD. Will post pics when back!
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:04 PM
 
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We went to Blowing Rock this past Saturday
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It was an easy 1 1/2 hour drive from Huntersville. Traffic was not a problem on the way up but wow! Blowing Rock was bumper to bumper with no place to park... very crowded. But very very nice. We even ate outside and had a wonderful time. I was surprised leaves were still very green. It will be better this weekend or next.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:18 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I was looking for this thread on the Western Carolina forum to tell you what a great time we had. We decided to go to Grandfather Mountain, and had a great time. Being one fry short of a happy meal, I didn't realize it would be SOOOOO cold up there. Only downside of that is that we drove most of the mountain instead of climbing it, but enjoyed it just the same. Loved the mile high bridge and the bears. I could have driven one end of the parkway to the other and never felt bored. I am deffinately going back in the spring to see all those rhododendruns in bloom!!! It must just as spectacular as the fall foilage? Gorgeous mountains!!
I've driven from Winchester to Ashville on the Blueridge Pkwy with the rhodos in bloom. You'd really enjoy it.
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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Nice pic Xcape! I love the Blowing Rock area! All the shops and restaurants are great for a nice weekend in the mountains!
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Old 10-22-2008, 06:48 AM
 
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I've driven from Winchester to Ashville on the Blueridge Pkwy with the rhodos in bloom. You'd really enjoy it.
Yes, I've never seen so many! I kept thinking that they must be magnificent in the spring. It is on my spring "to do" list. Thanks Southbound. Whats your ETA ?. Should be fairly soon, right?
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:30 AM
 
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Yes, I've never seen so many! I kept thinking that they must be magnificent in the spring. It is on my spring "to do" list. Thanks Southbound. Whats your ETA ?. Should be fairly soon, right?
If my memory serves me well it was early June when I made that trip with my ex & we stopped at Asheville for the Biltmore. He wanted to go to Ruby Falls, so then we took a road through Cherokee through the hills up to TN & headed on to Chattanooga (That might be a nice drive in the fall, for color.) & then down to Rome GA.

I think it was early June because we bought fireworks at Winchester & took them to a friend of mine in Rome. Her kids had just gotten out of school a few days before.

My closing is Oct 30th. I have a couple of ends to tie up here, get on 295 southbound, then 3 stops to make in Delaware & then I'll just cruise down 95 to 85. When I get south of the Capital Beltway, I'll decide if I'm driving through or stopping around Richmond.

If the color is good on 85, I'll report that. I figure even if it's good on 95, that's too far. Nobody wants to drive to Petersburg for fall color.

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