Plott Balsam Range Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina, USA.
At Plott Balsam Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 457.9, elevation 5020 ft), view fall foliage colors in mid October, in North Carolina, USA. The bend in US Highway 19 seen below turns down from Soco Gap and descends to Cherokee. The sign at Plott Balsam Overlook reads: "Before you lies the massive Plott Balsam Range. On one of its eastern slopes Henry Plott, a German immigrant's son, made his home in the early 1800s. In this game-filled frontier, hunting dogs were a prized possesion. Here Henry Plott and his descendants developed the famous Plott Bear Hounds carefully selecting for the qualities of stamina, courage, and alertness the breed possesses today." North Carolina's state dog is the the Plott Hound. The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway was built 1935-1987 to aesthetically connect Shenandoah National Park (in Virginia) with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. (The Smokies are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains.)Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download