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I drove up the BRP from Balsam Gap to Graveyard Fields this morning. Color is slowly progressing but there is still a lot of green leaves out there. Graveyard Fields have colorful underbrush but many of the larger trees, especially around the falls are green. I'd say another week but this year is so different than last year. We might get another shot of colder air this weekend and that would help.
There are pockets along some of the steeper, higher ridges that show decent color but generally things have some time to go. Again, I'd guess another 2 weeks for broad widespread color though by then the highest elevations will probably be gone. The best color isn't up there anyway. So best guess for peak in this area would be sometime around Oct. 16-20 with lower elevations a bit later. In the Smokies color might be best toward the last part of Oct.
I'm taking my bike up Waterrock Knob tomorrow so I'll get a good long look up that way and post back.