A Trip Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall

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A Trip Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall

Last Thursday was one of those simply glorious days where the skies were a perfect shade of blue and the fall leaves were just starting to pop.  I had a little bit of free time in the afternoon and I just could not resist a short drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall!  So gorgeous!

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

You see the Blue Ridge Parkway in Fall is stunning.  I look my camera along for the ride to practice some big girl photography.

Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall- so stunning!

I’m pretty thrilled with the way some of these turned out, especially this one!

(Thanks for the tip Jennifer!)

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

I am just so very grateful that I actually had the time and flexibility to go do this.  Taking Blue Ridge Parkway fall pictures has been on my must-do list for quite some time.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall - so gorgeous!

The color was just starting to change, even at these higher elevations.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

I drove all the way up to Milepost 372.1 Lane Pinnacle Parking overlook and got some good shots.


At that point I decided to turn around and go back home.  I really want to take even more fall pictures this year, but I decided the leaves had not reached their peak yet.

Blue Ridge Parkway fall

I am very hopeful that if I go back up and travel farther in the next few weeks I can get even more pretty pictures.

Blue Ridge Parkway Fall

I say it all the time, but I am so grateful I live in such a beautiful place with so many amazing things to do and see.

AND while I was up on the parkway I ran into photographer Jennifer Mesk who gave me a few photography tips.  She runs the Humans of Asheville Facebook page.  She took my picture and asked me a few questions for her page.  It was pretty fun to be part of her project!

Housekeeping note:  I just updated my About Me page and added an About the Blog Page!  Make sure to check them out.

Your turn?

Do you have fall color where you live yet?

Do you like taking pictures?

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:22-04:00 October 13th, 2014|Asheville / WNC Living, Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes, Fitness, Fun, Hiking|22 Comments


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  3. Jessie October 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! These photos could be turned into post cards.

    • JulieWunder October 14, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Jessie!!! I was so excited when I got them home!

  4. Kathy Boggs October 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you Julie for sharing these beautiful pictures! Like you I am so thankful to live in such a beautiful place, and I was born and raised here! Etowah, N.C.

  5. Blane Sherer October 13, 2014 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Enjoyed seeing your shots from the Parkway.
    Hopefully you will be able to share some more
    shots later once more of the leaves have changed.
    We do live in a beautiful place !

  6. Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) October 13, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Gorgeous! I’m itching for a trip to the mountains. Do you have any suggestion of places to stay that may have 2 bedrooms? Like a cabin or a suite? Thanks! 🙂

  7. Hey! The fall colors were stunning, nice shots!
    I would loooove to be an amazing photographer one day. The fall colours here are amazing too!

  8. Tracy October 13, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    SO pretty! This is something I’ve been wanting to do as well.

  9. Dan Steadman October 13, 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    starting to see some color…would love to make it to the Parkway soon as far as pics….love to take a few (took the cover photo on my FB page from Altapass) but seeing as I get accident prone with the camera, my wife has wisely banished me from it

  10. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie October 13, 2014 at 7:19 am - Reply

    There is nothing comparable to fall in the mountains! Beautiful pictures, Julie!

  11. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking October 13, 2014 at 7:04 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous day you had Julie. Driving the parkway during the fall is just the best!!

  12. jill conyers October 13, 2014 at 6:56 am - Reply

    The colors are just starting to change and I love it! My husband and I ran a race yesterday with an awesome route that was partly lined with trees for as far as the eyes could see. Beautiful! I take a lot of photos. Not during the race but any other time.

    • JulieWunder October 13, 2014 at 8:27 am - Reply

      haha! Yeah, I have never mastered taking photos during a race. Usually I’m trying to BREATHE! I have a friend that is awesome at taking them though. I’m glad you had such a beautiful race yesterday!

  13. Jenny October 13, 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Your pictures look GREAT! We went up to Boone on Saturday, and the color was so vibrant I’d say it was at the peak. And even yesterday around Asheville was so much more colorful than just a couple of days ago–it seems to be happening FAST this year, right?

    • JulieWunder October 13, 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thank you! I totally agree. It seems like there was just a touch of color last Thursday and now there is a lot in Asheville. First non-rain day, I’m heading back up the Parkway. I hope I don’t miss it!

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