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Old 07-31-2013, 04:36 PM
 
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Hello-
Our family rents a cabin for a few days in western NC every October. We love the high country and prefer to be away from too much of the crowded "touristy" places, but close enough in to get groceries as we need them. Hikes with our children, historic sites, and exploring is what we enjoy.
We have spent a lot of time around Grandfather Mtn., Boone, Blowing Rock, Valle Crucis, West Jefferson, and Banner Elk. This year we want to do something different and I have my sights set on Bakersville. We haven't been to Roan Mountain yet, and Bakersville looks like a great spot. Do the leaves peak there about the same time as they do around Blowing Rock? Our Travel dates are Oct. 16 - 21. I know part of the Blue Ridge Parkway may still be closed between Asheville and near Mount Michell.
We live in Upstate SC (but are originally from eastern NC).
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Many thanks!
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Old 08-06-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Western, NC
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Peak color on Roan Mountain is usually around Oct 10 - 20, but it depends on the weather. Two years ago we had snow on Oct 31st. I feel you picked a good week. I'm not sure what side of town you are staying, but there's a Super Walmart and an Ingles in Spruce Pine, an Ingles in Burnsville, or in the Unicoi - Erwin area there is a Super Walmart and a Food Lion. 226 North of Bakersville is closed due to a bridge being out. There are two options for detours. Harrell Hill Road and 261 to Fork Mountain Road, both are marked. Hope you have a nice visit!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Bakersville, NC
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Which bridge is washed out north of Bakersville? I am not aware of any currently, and I am not sure about the detour you mention because Harrell Hill Road is south of where Fork Mountain comes out on 226 if you go up 261, which is not how you go to Roan Mtn. From Bakersville, all you have to do is go straight up on 261 and you will hit Roan Mtn/Carvers Gap, the TN Roan Mtn state park area is pretty nice, but Oct is pretty late in the year and I am not sure what all they may have going on during that time.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Western, NC
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I was referring to the bridge on 226 North at Red Hill. I mentioned this became there are many rental cottages in that area (our area) in case the OP chooses one of them.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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Thanks, y'all!
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Bakersville, NC
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Ohh okay, yeah. That detour is not too bad.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:25 PM
 
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No, not bad, but believe me, it gets old when you have to take it a couple times a day
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