Many of you may have read Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, a novel about a Civil War soldier who deserts the military and walks for months to get home to Cold Mountain. There really is a Cold Mountain in Western North Carolina and it is the Cold Mountain to which Frazier's book refers.
Cold Mountain lies in Haywood County, but these pictures were taken in Transylvania County from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Cold Mountain is well over a mile high and is a lovely sight to behold in all seasons.
If you did not read the book, but saw the movie, I would strongly recommend that you do read the book. I personally found the movie to be superficial and did not enjoy it much. But I did enjoy the book, the style of which has been compared to Homer's Odyssey, (which I believe is something of a stretch). It's a good read, but it certainly isn't the Odyssey.