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226A, the last Alternate Route in NC, leads from Marion, NC to the Blue Ridge Parkway with numerous switchbacks and steep twisting turns. There are approximately 194 curves in the 12-mile loop. There are lots of corners so sharp you only see about 2 car lengths ahead. At the top of the ride are restaurants,

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Fall Colors and Weather

  The leaves are starting to change with some pretty good colors already near Grandfather Mountain and the Lynn Cove Viaduct. Peak usually comes around October 17 so there is still a lot of green up high from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but there are spots where the colors are beginning to show. Now is

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