Fall is so brief and often very difficult to call.  Pundits will make predictions based on the rainfall and the elevation, etc. but nature has a way of doing as she pleases.  Many years I have been just too early or a little late, but this weekend the fall color is exploding in Maggie Valley, my base for a couple of days.  Just one thing messed things up – the dull and dreary weather.  Those drop dead gorgeous images you see in magazines happen either with a lot of luck, or a lot of planning and persistence.  Sometimes, as was the case this weekend, you need both. 
Cataloochee Valley

Elk in Cataloochee Valley

Road from Cataloochee to Big Creek

Sherill Cove Tunnel, Blue Ridge Parkway

Soco Twin Falls, Hwy.19