I fall for leaf colors.

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We’re still itching for the leaves to change color around here. I know others have already enjoyed their burst of color and are now raking up the aftermath.

Our plans are loosely set for a quick day trip to catch the display which we do every year around this time. Here in the Upstate of South Carolina we are blessed with many fantastic viewing spots within a hop, skip and a jump for fall leaf color. The Blue Ridge Parkway is not far, and many other parks and scenic routes abound offering up amazing foliage.

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I’d like to share a few of our favorite destinations for stunning fall leaf color and would love to hear about some of your suggestions from around the globe.

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This is the veiw from Caesar’s Head in South Carolina on Hwy. 276 close to the North Carolina state line.

fallleafcolor4Casear’s Head is a state park that offers up some unbelievable long range views to the southwest…

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Here’s a sunset view overlooking Table Rock, also in South Carolina.

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In addition to the views, Caesar’s Head State Park has a visitors center and a covered picnic shelter. Here’s a link to help you along your way… http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/plan-your-trip/mapLocation.aspx?productID=1648

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Another great place for catching fall color and stretching your legs a bit is Dupont State Forest, a 10,000 acre tract located between Brevard and Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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It’s a hikers delight with nearly 100 miles of multi-use trails and roads.

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Waterfalls, creeks and wandering trails give you ample opportunity to explore and experience nature.

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Not to mention fantastic opportunities for a photo shoot or two.

fallleafcolor12fallleafcolor11For more information about Dupont State Forest go to http://www.dupontforest.com/directions.asp .

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Graveyard Fields, at mile marker 418 on the Blue Ridge Parkway northwest of Brevard, North Carolina, is a high flat mountain valley at 5,000 ft. elevation.

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From what I understand, in 1925 and in 1940 forest fires burned through the area sterilizing the soil which resulted in the growth of high elevation grasses and shrubs that blanket the ground with a carpet of auburn and red.

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A wide variety of trees are slowly beginning to regenerate as well. It’s an unusual topography for this area and if you catch it at peak fall color it’s otherworldly.

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So where have you found the best colors of fall? Please share a favorite spot – a simple address or directions would be great!

Happy fall y’all!

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Comments

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    Lynne A says

    Boy, oh boy — you’ve whet my appetite for more leaf photos! Your shots are scrumptious with color. Your crape myrtle leaf is one of my FAVORITE shots, & I love the line of the ridge & contrast between foreground & background on the Caesar’s Head shot.

    As far as places to see color, the ones you’ve mentioned give you breathtaking vistas, but the easiest destination is the end of my driveway, or my neighbor’s backyard. The Bloodgood on the south side of our house has spectacular, long-lasting, many-hued color. And my neighbor’s Sugar Maple is one of the prettiest in Easley — or anywhere else, for that matter. So if you can’t get away, just take a walk around the neighborhood! Oh, & my mom’s backyard has lots of beauty, too. ; )

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    says

    Beautiful!

    I’ve said it before…Nova Scotia and fall colors….breathtaking…here’s some from home…not the best photos that I could find online.

    the town I was born in…
    http://canada.travelall.com/images/ns/fall_8.jpg

    cape breton
    http://z.about.com/d/gocanada/1/0/G/6/-/-/cape_breton_foliage.JPG

    mahone bay
    http://z.about.com/d/gocanada/1/0/d/2/-/-/Mahone_Bay_on_the_Lighthouse_Route_during_autumn.jpg

    LaHave river
    http://novascotia.com/site-ns/media/novascotia/LaHaveRiver_lg.jpg

    Halifax
    http://www.sandyhines.com/sailfall.jpg

    Halifax
    http://www.sandyhines.com/halpict.htm

    sorry so many!! Ha ha I just got lost on a little trip home right there looking at photos from home.

    Thanks for that!

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    says

    Such gorgeous photos! I’m so in love with them. Makes me want to book a flight out there pronto!

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    Nana says

    I think God created fall colors and the different seasons to brighten our souls and prepare us for the dead of winter. Then He followed winter with spring which is full of new life. Your pictures are gorgeous and I doubt anyone can look out across a mountain so colorful and not feel the presence of God.

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    Nanny says

    Beautiful pictures. I look out across the fields summer, spring, fall, and winter and see His handiwork! I see the beautiful changes in seasons from my kitchen window. The crops planted, growing and ripening for harvest and soon the woods across the land. The background of the reds, oranges, yellows, greens from the pines with the ripened grain ready for harvest – what an awesome sight. Thank you, Lord!

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    says

    I am so jealous but so glas I can see your pictures! It was in the upper 90′s this past weekend and I am desperate for cooler weather. Absolutely stunning… how long have you been into photography?

    Your kids are beautiful.

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    says

    Gorgeous! We’ve been robbed of the majority of our fall color this year. I don’t know if it’s been too much rain/the lack thereof or the unseasonably cool weather, but most of our trees have dropped leaves already and/or look dead, while the ones still hanging on have just now turned. Sad really, as fall is one of my favorite times of year.

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    Rob Davis says

    Great photos as usual! I haven’t been to Black Mountain in many years. Looks like I need to get back up there. Thanks.

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    says

    Amy thanks for sharing such beauty with us. I love this time of year. Your kids are beautiful & precious :) xxoo

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    says

    Absolutely breathtaking, Amy! We don’t get the color changing down here in Florida. Your photographs are gorgeous!

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    says

    After growing up in Upstate NY and living in North Carolina – I’m more in love with autumn than ever! Thanks for the inspiration… needed that boost now that I live in a city so lack of these colors!

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