Fall Color Gallery

Leaves & Lily Pads

Leaves & Lily Pads

Colorful fall foliage adds a different sort of depth to Bass Lake in nearby Blowing Rock. Today marks the final entry in Grandfather Mountain’s 2021 Fall Color Gallery. With most fall color having peaked in the WNC High Country’s higher reaches,...
Half Moon Sunburst

Half Moon Sunburst

Sunlight bursts through some equally vibrant fall color near Grandfather Mountain’s Half Moon overlook. Although color is past peak at higher elevations, there is still plenty to be seen at lower elevations, especially from Grandfather’s lofty overlooks....
Looking Toward Linville

Looking Toward Linville

As seen from Grandfather Mountain during the morning hours of Oct. 29, dazzling fall color rolls along the landscape toward the nearby town of Linville, as low-laying clouds drift through the valleys. Colors are beaming at the 3,000-foot elevation range, and higher-up...
Banner Elk Sunrise

Banner Elk Sunrise

Before the morning clouds moved in, today’s sunrise bathed the landscape in warm, orange hues, enhancing the area’s already vibrant fall colors, as seen from nearby Banner Elk. Foliage remains radiant at elevations in the 3,000-foot range, as the color...
Bass Lake & Cone Manor

Bass Lake & Cone Manor

The historic Cone Manor rests above Bass Lake in nearby Blowing Rock, as fall color continues to adorn the shoreline and hillsides. Fall color beams from the treetops surrounding Bass Lake. Colors are currently peaking in the 3,000-foot range, with this week’s...
Half Moon Rainbow at Grandfather Mountain & More

Half Moon Rainbow at Grandfather Mountain & More

A rainbow forms over Grandfather Mountain’s iconic peaks, as fall color brightens up the foreground at the park’s Half Moon Overlook. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and the WNC High Country’s...
Grandfather Lake & 221

Grandfather Lake & 221

Fall color cascades down the lower slopes of Grandfather Mountain to the shores of nearby Grandfather Lake. This past weekend saw peak color throughout much of the WNC High Country, and experts anticipate elevations above 2,500 feet to follow suit this week. Photo by...
Reflections of Autumn on Price Lake

Reflections of Autumn on Price Lake

Pictured late last week, fall color and blue skies cast a brilliant reflection on Price Lake (Blue Ridge Parkway MP 296.7), with Grandfather Mountain rising in the background. Experts anticipate peak color to develop this coming week in the 3,000- to 4,000-foot...
221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

Vivid fall color fills the frame, as seen from the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and U.S. 221 near Grandfather Mountain. Colors are now peaking in this area, and experts anticipate the color change to become ever more evident in the region’s lower...
View of Hawksbill & Table Rock

View of Hawksbill & Table Rock

Hawksbill and Table Rock mountains’ distinct profiles rise over the horizon, as framed by fall color seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway between the Grandfather Mountain exit and Stack Rock Creek (mileposts 305 and 304.8, respectively). This weekend should be one...
Beacon Heights & Lost Cove Cliffs

Beacon Heights & Lost Cove Cliffs

Grandfather Mountain spans the horizon with accompanying fall color, as seen from nearby Beacon Heights (milepost 305.2) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Meanwhile, fall color works its way down Lost Cove Cliffs, as seen from the eponymous overlook at milepost 310 on the...
Viaduct at Sunset

Viaduct at Sunset

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s iconic Linn Cove Viaduct weaves around Grandfather Mountain, as the Oct. 19 sunset casts the area’s resplendent fall color in evening light. Foliage is bursting with color from this section of the parkway toward the Boone Fork area...
MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows

Grandfather Mountain’s color-dappled peaks rise beyond MacRae Meadows, site of the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Although fall color is peaking at the area’s higher elevations, many trees in lower elevations have yet to turn, making...
Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct area on the Blue Ridge Parkway is beaming with brilliant fall color. Experts anticipate this particular area and others nearby to reach peak color any day now. “The Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather Mountain is peaking this week,...
Price Lake

Price Lake

Fall color splashes onto the shores of Price Lake along the Blue Ridge Parkway. With weekend temperatures taking a significant dip, experts expect to see a rapid increase in fall foliage in the coming week. Photo by Victoria Darlington | Grandfather Mountain...
Parkway Bridge

Parkway Bridge

Brilliant fall color frames the Blue Ridge Parkway near Grandfather Mountain, as seen Friday, Oct. 15. As pictured, color is bursting in the area’s higher elevations, such as those between 4,000 and 5,000 feet above sea level, with more and more color reaching...
Split Rock

Split Rock

Grandfather Mountain’s Split Rock may literally be divided, but fall color vistas from this particular area are wholly stunning. With cool weather and sunshine in the forecast, this weekend will be an ideal time to take in the views and abundant fall color on...
The Lake at Camp Yonahnoka

The Lake at Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color is reflected in the lake at Camp Yonahnoka near Linville, N.C., as Grandfather Mountain rises in the distance. Colors are continuing to progress at a steady rate, and with a dip in temperature this weekend and into early next week, experts anticipate that...
Scenic Picnic

Scenic Picnic

Pictured during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 13, this picnic spot on Grandfather Mountain, located just before Split Rock and Sphinx Rock, offers spectacular views of fall color, accompanied by the mountains and valleys below. Fall color is presently...
Profile View from Seven Devils

Profile View from Seven Devils

Fall color stretches along Grandfather Mountain’s iconic profile, as viewed from the nearby town of Seven Devils. A recent bout of warm weather seems to have slowed the color progression, meaning vibrant colors are still abundant at the WNC High Country’s...

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