It’s August in the Blue Ridge and that means fields full of Yarrow, Sunflower, Goldenrod, Black-eyed Susan, and Queen Anne’s Lace along most roadsides throughout the Parkway. Turks-cap Lily and Butterfly Weed add a touch of orange in many areas.
Specifically, in the Rocky Knob Mabry Mill area of Virginia, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Queen Anne’s Lace, Ox-eye Daisy, Black Cohosh, Horsenettle, and Spotted Touch-me-not are being reported. In North Carolina, in Doughton Park, the staff is spotting Black Cohosh, Black-eyed Susan, Coreopsis, Butterfly Weed, Turks-cap Lily, and lots of Goldenrod.
If you venture to the high elevations south of Asheville, you’ll find a few Rosebay Rhododendron still left along the roadside, along with Coneflower, Black-eyed Susan, Sundrops, Pink Turtlehead, Joe-pye Weed, and Turks-cap Lily. These flowers are still being seen, even though they are a bit beyond peak.
Blueberries are ripening as well. Remember that visitors can pick up to a gallon for personal consumption.
Watch out for the built in distractions such as bicyclists, wildlife, and fantastic views. Have a safe visit to America’s favorite drive.
Weekly updates at 828-298-0398 will keep you informed of what’s being reported throughout the Parkway.
Have a safe parkway visit! Enjoy the view, but watch the road.