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Events this Weekend, Oct 15-16

Apple Festival - Downtown Waynesville - Saturday, Oct 15th

Arts/Crafts Festival - Maggie Valley fairgrounds - Sat/Sun, Oct 15th-16th

With the arrival of fall, many people seek out the Blue Ridge Parkway to experience the beauty of seasonal change. Many choose to drive and look, some to get out and walk on one of the trails. We would like to offer an opportunity on the Parkway for visitors who are mobility challenged, but would like to experience the outdoors. The Roy Taylor Overlook at Milepost 433.3 on the Parkway offers a unique setting for those individuals who want to watch and listen to birds, view butterflies, look at wildflowers and trees, and enjoy majestic mountain scenery. An observation deck located down a 100 ft. long paved (accessible) trail allows visitors to sit in the tree canopy and enjoy all of these things.

On Saturday, October 15th, we invite you to join a ranger at this overlook for a short interpretational program about the birds, insects and plants of the overlook. The program will start at 2:00 pm and will last one hour, allowing time for questions and discussion. We will provide binoculars, or bring your own, if you wish. The overlook is at 5,580 feet, so the temperatures will be chilly. Please wear appropriate clothing! The fall colors should be in full swing, hawks are migrating, and butterflies are feeding, so there will be a lot to see!

The easiest way to get to this overlook is to take Highways 23/74 to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap (Haywood County). Get on the Parkway, heading towards Asheville (this is considered north on the Parkway). The overlook is located 10 miles from Balsam and is on the right. The nearest public restrooms are on 23/74 one mile from the Parkway entrance. The parking area can hold fifteen cars and is signed "Roy Taylor Overlook". Please give us a call to let us know you are coming. The Balsam office number is 828-456-9530, ext. 3. If you get the answering machine, leave a message, we will call you back.

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