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.
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.
This is the veiw from Caesar’s Head in South Carolina on Hwy. 276 close to the North Carolina state line.
Casear’s Head is a state park that offers up some unbelievable long range views to the southwest…
Here’s a sunset view overlooking Table Rock, also in South Carolina.
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
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.
It’s a hikers delight with nearly 100 miles of multi-use trails and roads.
Waterfalls, creeks and wandering trails give you ample opportunity to explore and experience nature.
Not to mention fantastic opportunities for a photo shoot or two.
For more information about Dupont State Forest go to http://www.dupontforest.com/directions.asp .
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.
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.
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.
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!