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Fall In the Blue Ridge Mountains

Updated on October 18, 2014
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The world is full of beautiful places to visit but there is something special about Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Of course I am partial to these hills but they also attract visitors from all over the world. Travelers watch the reports of the National Park Service hoping to make plans to vacation during the peak of the Fall colors. If the timing is right, there's nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world.


My home is here, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My heart is here and for many reasons. The weather here is perfect for someone who gets tired of winter quickly and a real hot summer can last too long. Here, the seasons change, sometimes gently and sometimes with a vengeance. The calendar tells me that Fall gas officially arrived but when I awoke this morning, I could feel only the slightest change. There is a new crispness in the air and the sky is a sharper blue than the sky of summer. Fall is sneaking up on us but I think it will come early this year. Two days ago I noticed a subtle difference in the Maple trees. Overnight their leaves had faded, turning lighter shades of green with slight hues of brown and red. They have a story to tell. these trees, but they will make me wait for it.


Depending on the nighttime temperatures over the next few days, the Maples will tell me if we had enough rain this summer. If the temperatures drop below 35 degrees and we've had enough rain, the Maples will turn bright red and orange. The leaves will explode with color, a bright contrast against blue autumn skies. They will linger for a few days and then, they will fall to the ground below and leave the Maples to prepare for their winter sleep.

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I've had a love affair with trees for as long as I can remember. I love the sway of Weeping Willows, the strength of the mighty Oak, and the bright colors of the Maples. They are all beautiful to me, even those that are battered by summer storms or stunted by vines that threaten to choke the life from their core.

With the arrival of Fall, I am relieved. My beautiful trees can rest for a while before the winter comes and blankets them with snow and ice.

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I am grateful for the change of seasons and I am grateful that I have the privilege of living here in the Foothills of these Blue Ridge Mountains. These mountains are my home and I would not want to live anywhere else on earth. I could, but I wouldn't want to. These mountains speak to my soul. When I leave them, I can almost hear them whispering farewell in the distance. When I have return, they welcome me, as a mother would a child who has been gone too long.

And so it is, when the seasons change, that I find myself immersed in gratitude for the beauty of this place, this place called home.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have so much to offer, even in the cooler months. Put on a sweater or a light jacket and hike the trials. Rent a cabin and snuggle by a late night fire. And for those that enjoy roughing it, the choice of campgrounds are endless. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains you will find southern hospitality at its best. And, you'll find no finer food anywhere.l We cook with love here in the mountains. Our best food is found in those little establishments that you would overlook somewhere else. Don't let a crowded parking lot stop you. That's a sure sign that the food is good.

The Blue Ridge Mountains have something to offer no matter what your interest. There are artisan trails, wineries, and some of the best music deeply rooted in Appalachian history. And there's no better time to visit than Fall. So, load up and plan a trip. This old southern gal loves to share her Blue Ridge Mountains.

Enjoy this beautiful lyric by my friend Robbie Wells

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    Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

    Linda, I too have a love affair with trees! I have a collection of photos of trees and maybe someday I'll write a Hub about trees. When my daughter returned to the U.S. for college, her first autumn in Tennessee, she wrote me "Mom, it's so beautiful! I'll send you a photo soon." A couple of weeks later I asked her why I had not received a photo of the fall colors. She sadly replied "One day I got up and went outside to take the photo, and all the leaves were on the ground! I waited too long!" She had no idea that the fall colors only last a couple of weeks and thought she had plenty of time to take the photo :-)

    Thanks for the lovely Hub about the beauty of this season!

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    jennyjenny 4 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

    Nice Hub! Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Debbie! What a cool story and a painful lesson for your daughter. Sometimes we blink and the best things are gone. I am so happy to share this love of trees with you. Write that hub! lol

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Jennyjeny! Sometimes we write for others, sometimes we write, well because it just needs to be expressed. Today, it just needed to be said. I found myself in that place, that special place of feeling enormous gratitude and blessing for me able to live in a place I love. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    I would give anything if I could come for a short visit to see the trees. I usually mange to travel north from FL each autumn, but there is no way I can make it this year. I loved reading your hub and thinking of the wonderful visits of the past. The perfect song for this hub was chosen also. Up and beautiful.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Just beautiful. We should all share your appreciation of your treasures. Thank you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pamela, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub and music too. My friend Robbie is amazing and a coveted artist in these parts. The video was an after-thought but I felt it completed the hub. I wish you could visit too. Thank you for the wonderful comment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Mhatter99, thank you so much. You know, I wish more people would slow down and enjoy it too. All places have beauty if you just allow yourself to see it.

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    Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the mourning-- with the possible exception of being near the Virginia Blue Ridge at the start of Fall. Loved your thoughts Linda and thoroughly enjoyed your friends song. Up and beautiful, with pleasure. Lets go touch the clouds with our fingertips!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    I'm ready to fly Alastar. Yer know them thar stars is whar we com from, don't yer? Thanks for sharing my joy. And you're right, Nuthin cud be finer than to be in Virginy in the mourning, cept' being in the mountains of Carolina.

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    Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Yea, i do know 'bout them stars, Lindy. Hey looky!- thars a Bar-- whar? Over thar-- Over thar?-- Yar!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    I feel right at home here now, thanks to our exchange of some good ol' mountain dialect. lol

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    Derdriu 4 years ago

    Linda, From my experience, September tends to be a critical month in how the fall and winter are going to go. If there's quite a disparity between day and night-time temperatures and if there are quite a few overcast days, then chances are fall won't last long and winter will be cold, icy and snowy. Last year, September was glorious, and it only snowed twice in southwest Virginia. Both times the snow was gone the next day.

    Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing such a heartfelt tribute to the natural beauties of the Blue Ridge, Derdriu

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Derdriu ! Thanks for visitig and sharing. I'm afraid we may be in for a harsher winter. It's been overcast and drizzling rain here for the past couple of days. More leaves are falling than are displaying color. We got off very easy last year. Again - many thanks!

    PS - Areyou in southwest Virginia? I haven't met many hubbers from Virginia yet so I welcome the opportunity to be neighbors.

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    Derdriu 4 years ago

    Linda, Yes, I am neighbor!

    Respectfully, Derdriu

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    Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

    Wow, I wish I could see all the trees and the beautiful fall colors.....I live in NE Texas and we rarely get a true fall.. its usually straight from hot to cold and the summers are so hot they just burn the leaves from the trees. How lucky you are :) Thank you for sharing!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Jamie. I love where I live, primarily because of the trees. It's beautiful. Thanks for reading!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I so miss the changing of the seasons. Here in Central Florida, we do experience the seasons but without the mountains and the trees that thrive there, we miss out on much of the beauty. I just love the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thank you for bringing beauty to my day, Linda! And thank you for the treat of listening to your friend Robbie. Very peaceful!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, I love these mountains so much that I don't think I could live anywhere else. I love the ocean and the desert but these mountains are home to my soul. Thanks for sharing it with me. Robbie is an amazing musician and is well known all through these mountains. I love the song he plaed in the video.

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    frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

    Beautiful chemtrail picture with that mountain/lake scene.You live in a lovely place and get to watch all four seasons. Enjoyed the quiet song on the video by Robbie too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks so much frogyfish. It was quite a chemtrail display, wasn't it? I do live in a beautiful place and I love it. The change of seasons give me a chance to chance pace. I'm glad you enjoyed Robbie's tune too. He's really good.

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    Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

    Those trees are gorgeous and I can understand why you feel so happy to step outside every day and look at something this beautiful. I bet this is a gorgeous place to live. Great hub, made me want to visit.

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    Jane Holmes 4 years ago

    How lovely! We've been down through the Blue Ridge Mountains but not during foliage season! Will have to put that on my bucket list! Great hub! Voted up and shared!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jools99. Thanks for visiting and allowing me to introduce you to this place I love so much. Each season is a painting on a new canvas by masterful artist. Come see!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jane, you certainly should add this trip to your bucket list. You won't regret it. Thanks for sharing too.

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    Justsilvie 4 years ago

    Currently packing up and moving to Virginia. Your hub is added to my list of great reasons to make the move. Beautiful!

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    wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

    My best vacation ever was with my boyfriend and his parents driving and putting up all along the parkway from Virginia to Tennessee. I love cows, tree's and nature. We hiked through the trails, bought vegetables and fruit from roadside farm stands to feed to the animals we saw along the way and I was even lucky enough to witness a calf being born. It's my favorite place to visit and I would love to live there!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Justsilvie, how exciting. I hope you will love it hear as much as I do. It is a beautiful place to live with the coast on one side and the mountains on the opposite. It's near perfect in my opinion. Safe travels and...thanks for the visit.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    wildove5, if you love cows and farms, you would love it here. lol We have an abundance of both. These mountains are rich in history and have a spirit of their own. I hope you get back this way again sometime, especially during the Fall season.

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    wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

    We were there in October 2009, The colors were spectacular. I took more pictures than on any other vacation. We spent seven day's in cabins nestled deep in the mountain. I can't remember the name of the town, but the cabins had once housed the men who built the parkway. I know it was near the '' Morrisette Winery," Every time we drive to Florida I make my boyfriend drive though the parkway on our way home. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    wildove5 - that sounds like perfection - seven days in a mountain cabin fits like a glove. Glad you had the experience.

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    Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I see you do have that same feeling about your special place, and it is beautiful, not far above me. Just a tad more winter than I want. Use to have an online friend lived there and use to send me pictures of the snow. Magicman he was called. lol

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Awesome photos. I love the patchwork quilt look of the mountains in the fall. It is hard to beat for sightseeing!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie, our winters are unpredictable. Sometimes we get only a few dustings of snow and then at other times, we get one big storm after another. But yes, this is home. :-)

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi rebeccamealey. Thank you for visiting and sharing my love of these mountains. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos which represent some of my favorite memories of the landscape.

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    JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

    Beautiful hub with beautiful colors.

    Enjoyed the photos

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you thumbi7. It's a beautiful place and I am happy you enjoyed the hub.

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    Carola Finch 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Love the Blue Ridge Mountains, even though I live in Canada. Have passed through on the way to Florida or for visits a number of times during the fall and just to drive through the scenery. Fall is lovely there.

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    Suzette Walker suzettetaos 3 years ago from Taos, NM

    Your article is just as beautifully written as the area you describe and the photos you included. The photos are gorgeous. I have been to the Blue Ridge area, but never in autumn and it sounds lovely. I love trees also because of their changing colors. I even love the bare branches in winter. Enjoy this autumn!

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    IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

    Really nice hub!

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Carola Finch -

    suzettenaples - I am so happy that you have experienced the beauty of the Blue Ridge. My heart is here among these blue mountains and beautiful colors. Thank you for visiting and for the compliment.

    suzettenaples - your comment gave me the warm fuzzies. lol Thank you so much. I do love trees too, in all their finery or bare branches. Wishing you a delightful season of color too.

    IslandBites - thanks so much for the visit and compliment.

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