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Bordering 45 miles of Jackson County, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must-see scenic drive in the fall with an explosion of color.

Jackson County is home to the highest point on the parkway, with the Richland Balsam Overlook at 6,047 feet above sea level. Travelers can trek to the summit by foot via a 1.5-mile loop.

The Waterrock Knob overlook provides another spectacular view, offering a four-state panorama of the Great Smoky Mountains. Leaf-seekers can also take the short hiking trail to the top of the knob to find even more breathtaking views.

Nick Breedlove, Jackson County TDA

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