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It is that time of year again! Crisp mornings, apple picking, fall festivals, hayrides and my personal favorite, fall foliage! 

One of the unique advantages that residents of Chester and Chester County have is that this area is in a prime location.

On average, if you live in Chester or the surrounding area you are:

  • 2.5 hours from the coast
  • 1 hour from 2 major cities (Charlotte, NC and Columbia, SC)
  • 3.5 hours from Atlanta, GA

And 2 hours from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Blue Ridge Parkway spans 469 miles through the southern and central Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina and Virginia. But you don’t have to travel all 469 miles to enjoy the fall scenery.

Located just outside of Asheville, NC is the beginning of the southern part of the Parkway.

The most common way of enjoying the fantastic views is by car, but you can also travel there by motorcycling, RVing, bicycling, and hiking.

The leaves are at their prime brilliance at different times of the fall season depending on the weather and elevation.

From the Blue Ridge Mountain Life website here the best elevations to view the leaves this weekend:

3,000 – 4,000 feet – These areas are peaking now and full of yellows, golds, and some reds.   

Below 3,000 – These areas are also full of color, but most areas are not peaking yet, but should later this week and into the weekend.

Areas at these elevations include:

As this is peak viewing season expect there to be a lot of people. Always check the weather because even in October you can experience winter type weather at higher elevations.

It would be a perfect fall outing for the whole family this weekend!

Have you been to the Blue Ridge Parkway before? What are your favorite views?

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