Yesterday we picked Boo up from school and headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob to see how much the leaves have progressed with their fall colors:
Starting out low the yellows are just beginning to pop out among the summer greens:
Waterrock Knob is right off Mile Marker 451.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Easily accessible from Asheville, Waynesville, Sylva and Bryson City. Below is a photo when we hiked it last year…at the beginning of summer (more photos here):
Waterrock Knob is one of my favorite little quick hikes because it’s a wide open trail. The trail is steep but well maintained:
I love the variety of grasses and other foliage. I think this is a Mountain Angelica:
Waterrock Knob is at elevation 6,292 feet. Most of the trees at the higher levels are evergreen and it starts to smell like a Christmas tree farm as you near the top:
A view from Yellow Face lookout right below Waterrock Knob, there is still a lot of green down in the lower elevations:
A view from the parking lot. On the right side the highest peak in the back is Clingman’s Dome, and the little bump to the right of that is Newfound Gap:
The air is amazing (and thin) up at the top…feels a little like the Hobbit might live nearby:
I normally don’t show a photo of a parking lot but this one is so nice and there are 360 degree views from every side. There are also bathrooms and a visitor center:
Find more of my favorite place to visit in the Smokies here.
Oh I love that you share so many pictures! I am from southeast Tennessee and your pics are so comforting while I’m half a world away! Thank you for sharing!