The view from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Maggie Valley, North Carolina. October 25, 2009.
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Since the direct route home from Maggie Valley was closed because of the rock slide on I-40, Betsy and I decided to get home by going south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and then west on the Cherohala Skyway. We were hoping that we could find some autumn color while avoiding the masses of traffic around Gatlinburg and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It was a beautiful day with a clear blue sky. Most of the color was gone from the higher elevations as you can see from the picture above. But there was more color at the lower elevations.
Woodfin Cascades, North Carolina. October 25, 2009.
No trip would be complete for Betsy and me if we didn’t find a waterfall. We had to view Woodfin Cascades from across a valley, but it was still a nice addition to our collection.
The Cherohala Skyway is a 36-mile road from Robbinsville, North Carolina, to Tellico Plains, Tennessee. Along the way it crosses the 5400 foot mountains on the border of the two states. There are very few signs of civilization along most of the skyway. Construction of the skyway began in 1960 and it finally opened in 1994.
Color along the Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina. October 25, 2009.
We probably saw the most vibrant colors of the trip on the skyway. The picture above is only a small sample of what we enjoyed along the way.