The Fall Color Ramble

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests…

The Fall Color Ramble

The Fall Color Ramble

From Oct. 3-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors.

Fall Color Sketchbook

Designed for enthusiasts with little to no artistic training, this foundation course focuses on creating accurate and beautiful botanical illustrations. Guided by artist and Carolina…

Farewell to Fall

Farewell to Fall

Today marks the last day of entries for Grandfather Mountain’s 2019 Fall Color Gallery. Fall color in the Western North Carolina High Country is officially…

Fall Color Gallery

Fall Color Gallery

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Mile High Swinging Bridge

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Fall color complements the sunrise at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. So far, the color change is most evident in the High Country’s higher…

Fall in the Fog

Fall in the Fog

Vibrant fall color stretches along U.S. 221 toward Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct. Fog and drizzle can make for ideal…

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Grandfather Mountain and its famous profile are bathed in fall color, as viewed from the nearby town of Seven Devils. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld,…

Fall on the Rise

Fall on the Rise

Fall color is on the rise at Grandfather Mountain, as fiery red maple leaves burst on their branches. Recent cool weather seems to have flipped…

Fall Photo Finale

Fall Photo Finale

Today’s photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology…

Peaks & Bridge

Peaks & Bridge

Grandfather Mountain’s lofty peaks are framed by fall foliage in MacRae Meadows, located at the mountain’s base. The park has seen considerable color development just…

Black Rock Lot

Black Rock Lot

Autumn’s brilliance is starting to fall on Grandfather Mountain! Although color change has started a little slowly this year, fall foliage can already be spotted…

Two Bridges

Two Bridges

The Linn Cove Viaduct is flanked by Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge in the distance, as fall color spreads along the mountain’s ridgelines. Fall…

Lost Cove Cliffs

Lost Cove Cliffs

Fall color descends from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Lost Cove Cliffs. Experts report that leaves are currently peaking in color at 3,000 feet and…

Anvil Rock

Anvil Rock

While much of the fall color has peaked on Grandfather Mountain, there is still plenty to be found, as this scene from Grandfather’s Anvil Rock…

Boulder Club

Boulder Club

A Legacy Set In Stone; The Boulder Club More than a century ago, many of the boulders on Grandfather Mountain were given names, like Sphinx…

Linville River

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy”…

Split Rock

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will host its Fall Color Ramble, featuring guided hikes through fall foliage,…

Bear-ly Autumn

Bear-ly Autumn

Yonahlossee, one of Grandfather Mountain’s resident black bears, cools off in her pond, while enjoying a close-up view of some already fallen fall color. Fall…

Near Split Rock

Near Split Rock

Vibrant red foliage helps frame a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as seen during the evening hours of Oct. 5 from the Split Rock…

Grandfather Mountain Weather Station

Grandfather Mountain Weather Station

Grandfather Mountain Weather StationThe official National Weather Service Reporting Station located at the Swinging Bridge Visitor Center has been providing daily weather observations since August…

Conservation & Protection

Conservation & Protection

Of all the treasures in the Northwest North Carolina mountains, the most valuable is their magnificent ecological diversity; the great medley of plants, animals, climate…

Modern History

Modern History

History of the Mountain Grandfather Mountain and its rocks reveal a long history of rock formation and mountain-building that dates back to 1.1 billion years…

How Grandfather Was Formed

How Grandfather Was Formed

The Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee are the result of the action of plate tectonics. The crust of our planet…

Mission

Mission

Millions of years old. And we’re just getting started. Grandfather Mountain has been an amazing place for hundreds of millions of years. And our most…