question about Skyline Drive during fall foliage
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 16, 2013 8:15 AM Last Post By: dubaiguy
Feb 15, 2013 8:28 AM
question about Skyline Drive during fall foliageI can't seem to find an earlier post, so I'll modify an earlier question:
I'm bit open to the timing, but approximately Oct 15--Oct 30th I'll be driving the Skyline Drive and Boone, NC, the Smokies, etc. That region. I realize that fall foliage depends on the weather and altitude, BUT usually, most years, what can be expected in this region in towns such as Boone, Asheville, the Smokies...at the mid to lower altitudes?
I would prefer that there were at least some yellowing leaves (not entirely dead) along skyline drive itself, but since it's higher, it's unlikely.
I guess my question is: any predictions for fall (based on current drought conditions, if any), etc.
And when, in an average year, might I find some at least good colors (doesn't have to be peak) at the mid to lower altitudes.
Thanks so much!
Feb 15, 2013 11:12 AM
1Your dates are good. You will see fall foliage around that time. Every year I lived in Southwest Virginia (~1.5 hours north of Asheville) the foliage peaked mid-October and hung around until the first week of November.
My only advice is to book your hotels well in advance. It is a very, very popular time of year to visit.
Feb 15, 2013 11:20 AM
2Thanks for the info, travelingtrixie. One question about hotels: we'll be on a rather long road trip, from New England on down to your neck of the woods. I can't really book hotels in advance (except in some crucial towns)--wouldn't it always be possible to find a cheap motel?
Feb 15, 2013 1:17 PM
Feb 15, 2013 1:42 PM
Feb 16, 2013 1:35 AM
5I'm bit open to the timing, but approximately Oct 15--Oct 30th I'll be driving the Skyline Drive and Boone, NC, the Smokies, etc.
We are doing this trip in reverse (late May), and I can advise that we have booked the following (budget) accommodation along the way:
• Marietta (northern suburbs of Atlanta) - Super 8
• Cherokee (near Great Smoky Mountains NP) - Wyndham group Motel
• Linville Falls (Blue Ridge Parkway) - Parkview Cabins & Lodge
• Floyd - Hotel Floyd
• Lexington Virginia (Blue Ridge Parkway) - Wyndhm Group Motel
• East Louray (Louray Caverns / Skyline Drive) - Hillside Cabins
I don't know if those places would suit you, but they are all budget, well reviewed, well located, including in terms of their distance apart, and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Skyline Drive.
Feb 16, 2013 8:15 AM
(2 star Hotel)
From US$73.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$119.00 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$683.00 per night