Blue Ridge Mountain Fall & Winter Activities

Blue Ridge Mountains Resort Webcams and Live Videos


To help you enjoy your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains we’ve compiled a list of live video feeds along the Blue Ridge Parkway, as well as Live Webcams at Blue Ridge Mountain resorts in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Fall leaves and foliage reports.


And for the latest reports on fall leaves, check out our Fall Foliage guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Scenic Highways and Byways


You’ll find maps of the most scenic mountain roads, with lots of fun curves and elevation changes in our Best Mountain Roads guide.

Blue Ridge Parkway Maps and Information


For Blue Ridge Parkway mile-markers of rest-stops, hours of operation, Park rules and regulations, and an interactive map, visit our Blue Ridge Parkway guide.

Live Weather Reports and Road Closure Info


To help you have a safe mountain getaway, you’ll find the latest information on road closures and weather here.

Blue Ridge Mountain Luxury Lodging Accommodations


You’ll find extensive lodging info for the Blue Ridge Mountains in our Accommodations guide, from romantic and luxurious hotels and resorts to the most cozy bed and breakfast inns, lodges, and cabins.

Blue Ridge Mountain B&Bs, Inns, Cabin Rentals and Vacation Homes


Some have elegant rooms with magnificent views and gorgeous landscaping, private fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Most provide free coffee and wifi. Many offer afternoon wine & cheese tastings. All are clean and comfortable.

Blue Ridge Mountain Lodging - Cabins, Hotels, Inns, and Resorts

They’re all located within a short drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and many are pet friendly.

Blue Ridge Mountain Winter Activities and Attractions


Activities for children and adults abound in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll find great ideas for fun and adventure, shopping and sightseeing on our Activities and Attractions guide, including an extensive list of ski resorts from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Mountain Restaurant Guide


Of course no getaway would be complete without good food and drink, so whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner, a great breakfast or lunch, you’ll find just what you need in our extensive Blue Ridge Mountains Dining guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Microbreweries and Craft Beer Pubs


You’ll find a thorough list of micro breweries and pubs in our Craft Beer Breweries guide.

Blue Ridge Mountain Wineries and Vineyards


You’ll find the best Blue Ridge Mountain winemakers in our Wineries and Vineyards guide.

We hope you have a wonderful time in the mountains this winter!

Dennis Sabo’s Amazing Fine Art Photography

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Boulder Dash – photo by Dennis Sabo

Dennis Sabo is one of our favorite photographers – and not just because he’s won international awards for his art or because he’s been published in so many well known periodicals. Dennis has an incredible way of making us connect with the images he creates. His photos make us long to be right where he was when he took them. Here are just a few examples of his work in our beautiful mountains…

Click image to see a larger version or to purchase Autumn Inspiration photo by Dennis Sabo

Autumn Inspiration – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click image to see a larger version or to purchase Cades Cove Morning photo by Dennis Sabo

Cades Cove Morning – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to see larger version or to purchase Grist Mill photo by Dennis Sabo

Grist Mill – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase Morningside photo by Dennis Sabo

Morningside – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase Appalachian Sunrise photo by Dennis Sabo

Appalachian Sunrise – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to see larger version or to purchase Smoky Reflection photo by Dennis Sabo

Smoky Reflection – photo by Dennis Sabo

In addition to his many landscape images of the eastern mountains, Dennis has a large, gorgeous collection of seascape, tropical scenics, reef life, nature and abstract art. And he recently made a trek back to the northwest coast and captured some amazing shots along the beach. Here are a few examples I really liked…

Click to view larger version or to purchase Sirens photo by Dennis Sabo

Sirens – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase What a Day photo by Dennis Sabo

What a Day – photo by Dennis Sabo

Click to view larger version or to purchase Wild photo by Dennis Sabo

Wild – photo by Dennis Sabo

Dennis Sabo’s fine art is available in several media to grace homes, offices, and lodging facilities. When he’s not outside shooting his next masterpiece, he likes to chat with other photographers and clients. Dennis resides with his wife, Karen, in Loudon, Tennessee.

Cradle of Forestry Valley Shines in New Triptych

RobTravis Pano at the Cradle of Forestry

Check out the new art installation by photographer Rob Travis at the Cradle of Forestry on Highway 276 near Brevard, NC.  The photographic triptych is hard to miss, measuring 30” x 90” and hanging right behind the welcome desk – it’s an impressive depiction of the valley that’s home to the Cradle of Forestry.

Rob Travis' Cradle of Forestry Tower Project Triptych

Known as the “Birthplace of Forest Conservation in America” the Cradle of Forestry historic site resides in a 6,500 acre valley just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Rob worked with Carlton Murrey, the director of the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association of America, and other Cradle personnel. In June they made their first trip together to Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower, a U.S. Forest Service location on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 409.6). The group climbed six flights of stairs to the observation deck, with its expansive views of the valley.

Rob saw Looking Glass Rock to the right with “Cradle Valley” in the center of the view. “This was perfect – I just couldn’t get it all in a single image. I decided then on a stitched panoramic moving left to right. I picked a landscape point and rotated to the right 80 degrees. I kept doing this so each exposure had about a 20% overlap with its predecessor. Then I took seven, eight, nine images.”

His goal that first trip was to ensure that Carlton and the others understood his vision for the picture. After looking at the panoramic at home on his computer, Rob said “yes, that’s it” and emailed his vision to Carlton.

Once he knew it was a panoramic, Rob decided to present the visual in a triptych. “The image will hang in a public space and it’s challenging to frame a 7-foot work. Also, it’s much easier to repair one section if that’s ever needed. The triptych is also a nice design element.

Rob decided on either a sunrise or sunset shot to play off the colors in the sky. “That first trip was late afternoon and the valley was already in the shadows. I wanted to try a sunrise. The color in the sky adds a pop. With sunrise I got an easterly illumination of the valley.”

Rob made five trips to the top of the lookout tower on Fryingpan Mountain, each time he worked to get the best rendition of the valley using his panoramic method.

Carlton and the Cradle of Forestry selected his image, and the seven foot triptych was installed at the Cradle of Forestry during the first week of August. Rob is pleased with the outcome. “The setting there at the Cradle is terrific and the image benefits from the great lighting. I hope that visitors enjoy it too and that there will be many photos taken with ‘The Cradle of Forestry in the Pink Beds’ as the backdrop.”


Camera and Shooting Details: Canon EOS 5D MK2, Gitzo Tripod, EF-S 28-135mm lens, vertical orientation, no polarizer or AWB, remote shutter release, mirror lock-up. Each individual capture f/14 at 40mm, 2 second exposure, ISO 100.

About Rob Travis: Rob offers fine art photography, commercial and editorial images and a series of workshops designed for photographers of all skill levels. His photography is available at:
Blue Moon Art and Photography, 10771 Greenville Hwy., Cedar Mountain, NC
French Broad Place, 29 W French Broad, Brevard, NC 28712
Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC
Kress Emporium, 19 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC
Cindy Saadeh Gallery, 128 E Market Street, Kingsport, TN

About the Cradle of Forestry: located on Hwy. 276 north of Brevard; open every day, April 11- November 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; $5.00 for adults 16 years of age and older. Free for everyone on Tuesdays (except guided group programs by reservation).

Article Contributed by: Joan Van Orman

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Perfect 2-Hour Mountain Ride in the Spring

Spring View From Mountain Home in Hendersonville

I left early for a two-hour ride from my home in Hendersonville, NC, to Saluda and Chimney Rock, NC, and back home. It was a little hazy, but the view was still pretty nice from our neighborhood. I beat the hustle and bustle in downtown Hendersonville…

Spring Morning in Hendersonville North Carolina

There were lots of empty parking spaces, even in front of the Old Courthouse…

The Old Courthouse in Hendersonville is now a Museum

On my way to Saluda I stopped at a bridge on Rt. 176 and took a picture of the gorge…

View of Gorge Near Saluda, NC

In Saluda I had breakfast at Ward’s Grill on Main Street. If you’re hungry don’t miss it…

Outside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

It was still pretty early so I got the sidewalk all to myself…

Early Morning Outside Ward's Grill

And I beat the crowds inside, too…

Nostalgic Look Inside Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

I ordered a healthy (no pancakes or grits) bacon-and-eggs breakfast and enjoyed every single bite…

Delicious Bacon and Eggs Breakfast at Ward's Grill in Saluda, NC

When I started out of town I drove by the popular Green River Adventures headquarters. They were already loading up for a fun time on the river…

Picture Outside the Green River Adventures Headquarters in Saluda, NC

Then I stopped in front of one of our favorite Saluda inns, where we’ve enjoyed some great dining experiences

Newman's Restaurant at the Orchard Inn, Saluda, NC

From Saluda I headed to Pearson’s Falls, and on the way stopped to smell the honeysuckle and enjoy the view…

Beautiful Views Near Saluda, NC

I got to Pearson’s Falls too early, so I snapped a quick picture and continued on…

Pearson's Falls Near Saluda and Tryon, NC

On my way to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock I rode down the mountain into the gorge via Green River Cove Road. It has over a dozen switchbacks that are much tighter than anything on the Tail of the Dragon. Here’s what it looks like on Google Maps…

Map of Switchbacks on Green River Cove Road near Saluda, NC

The Green River doesn’t look too rough so when it warms up I’m going to get an inner-tube and take a ride…

Views of the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are several spots along the river to rent tubes…

Tube Rentals on the Green River Near Saluda, NC

There are some very nice views in this part of the country. You can even capture a nice amateur shot out the car window…

Nice View Near Saluda, NC

The beautiful views of Lake Lure never get old…

Beautiful View of Lake Lure

When I could see Chimney Rock Park in the distance I took a picture. I’ve outlined the actual “chimney” in red below…

The Chimney at Chimney Rock park from a distance

Here’s a close-up picture of the “chimney” and Lake Lure from inside the park…

The 'Chimney' at Chimney Rock Park From Above

Here’s another shot of the “chimney” from the entrance at Chimney Rock Park…

The entrance to Chimney Rock Park

Harley riders who visit Chimney Rock might find this interesting: the Asheville Harley Davidson dealer is opening up a new clothing and accessories store… right next door to the infamous “Heavenly Hoggs” on Main Street…

New Harley Davidson Store Next to Heavenly Hoggs in Chimney Rock, NC

You could easily turn my two-hour ride into a two-day ride (or even a two-week ride) if you have time, and enjoy the many activities and attractions along the way. Here’s an interactive Google map of the roads I took…

Interactive Google Map of 2-Hour Loop

Here are some links you might find helpful along your way: Hendersonville B&B’s, Hendersonville Hotels, Hendersonville Dining, and Hendersonville and Saluda Attractions; Saluda Lodging, Saluda Dining; Chimney Rock and Lake Lure Lodging, Dining, and Attractions.

And if you’re looking for some other great places to ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out our Best Mountain Roads page.

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