A Fall Trip Around NC & TN | Linville Gorge, The Blue Ridge Parkway, & Roan Mountain, Tennessee

Last month Matt and I traveled to the North Carolina mountains for fall color. We had so much fun. The color was vibrant and the weather was crisp and dry. The trees put on quite a colorful fall show for us.

The blue ridge mountains in North Carolina are iconic and are known for being one of the best places to see fall color in the entire world. That makes me even more proud to be born and raised a tar heel girl. I love this state and the older I get the more I love it. There is so much to see and do here and Matt and I are making it our mission to get out, travel, and photograph our adventures.

This photo is of Linville Falls (also known as Linville Gorge) and is truly one of my favorite shots from the entire trip. It is one of the most photographed waterfalls in North Carolina. It really represents the beauty you can see when you travel to the mountains for fall color. It's right off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 316.4. You can hike to five different viewpoints on two easy trails that leave the main parking lot. Beautiful!

Mr. Truck absolutely loves going to the mountains too. His favorite part is the car ride, hands down. Just say, "Wanna go for a ride?" and he is out the door. When we are there he loves to explore off the leash and play with his toys in the grass. He is the sweetest most loving bulldog ever.

Roan Mountain, Tennessee is one of our favorite places to hike. It's right on the border of NC and TN. It offers bald top mountain hiking and amazing scenic views. In June pink flowers called Rhododendrons, scatter the hills on top of the balds and are so beautiful.

A sweet little bridge on our way up to Rough Ridge. This is another easy hike right off of the blue ridge parkway and has amazing views!

A gorgeous view from on top of Roan Mountain, Tennessee (Jane Bald) at sunset.

Tennessee apples are delicious! This was an apple tree right outside of our cabin. Beautiful!

Anytime we go to the mountains we always have to stop at Price Lake. It's an easy pit stop on the blue ridge parkway and always delivers a beautiful scene no matter the time of year. This particular fall day the trees were saturated with gorgeous color and a sweet couple on an afternoon canoe ride really made this picture perfect.

Mountain Ashe

I love bringing our own food with us when we go to the mountains. Juicy pork chops on top of the grill with my favorite red wine makes for the perfect post hiking meal.

Graveyard Fields

Enjoying the color along the cascade at West Fork Pigeon River

In past years, we were a little early for fall color. Sometimes it can be hard to predict when peak color will happen so this year we planned two different trips so that we could ensure we would be up there when the color was most abundant. Middle of October is usually the best time to go to the mountains to see great color.

Matt got a new graduated neutral density filter right before our trip so he got a lot of practice with it on the mountain tops. It is great for landscape photography because it helps darken parts of the image.

On our way home Hurricane Matthew was making its way into the NC coast. The clouds were so heavy and thick that it put on the most amazing light show Matt and I have ever witnessed. The sun rays were stunning. A truly beautiful North Carolina mountain scene.


Hi. I'm Ginny!

I'm a published photographer and blogger from Charlotte, North Carolina.  I share healthy & nutritious plant based recipes, lifestyle inspiration, & beautiful nature and travel photography!


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