Fall Color Gallery

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 past peak, with recent high winds and heavy rain having removed the majority of colorful leaves from their...
Linville River at Linville Falls

Linville River at Linville Falls

The Linville River rushes past fallen leaves at Linville Falls, located at milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the high winds from last Thursday blew away many leaves in the High Country, fall color is still very visible in the lower elevations, with...
Price Lake

Price Lake

Fallen leaves decorate the shores of Price Lake, located in Julian Price Park (milepost 297) near Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although Halloween’s high winds blew many leaves from their branches, high-elevation vantage points, like Grandfather...
Snowy Autumn

Snowy Autumn

Come the morning of Nov. 1, Grandfather Mountain saw a different type of fall color. Halloween brought tricks rather than treats, with a cold front doling out a dusting of snow, 18-degree temperatures and wind gusts of 87.5 mph. Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather...
Wilson Creek & Lost Cove Cliffs

Wilson Creek & Lost Cove Cliffs

Gold and orange fall foliage lights up the banks along Wilson Creek, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Despite this week’s wind and rain, there’s still plenty of fall color to be found...
Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Autumn color flows through Linville Falls, as wet weather arrives in the WNC High Country. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and official “Fall Color Guy,” although the area is slightly past peak, colors are...
Green Mountain Overlook Bridge & Parkway Sunrise

Green Mountain Overlook Bridge & Parkway Sunrise

Autumnal brilliance blankets a vista seen from the bridge near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Green Mountain Overlook (milepost 300.6). According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and the WNC High Country’s official “Fall...
Charlotte Skyline

Charlotte Skyline

The Charlotte skyline rises on the horizon some 80 miles away as the crow flies, while fall color dominates the foreground in this view from Pilot Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 301.8). Fall foliage is now in full splendor in the WNC High Country,...
Elk River

Elk River

Having traded its branch for a rock, a lone maple leaf holds fast, as the Elk River courses by. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...
Mill Pond

Mill Pond

Fall color brings autumnal brilliance to the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, near Lees-MacRae College. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
MacRae Meadows & Camp Yonahnoka

MacRae Meadows & Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color lights up MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 24. Foliage is currently peaking in many locations on Grandfather Mountain, with brilliant colors even beginning to spread to the WNC High Country’s lower...
Near Beacon Heights

Near Beacon Heights

Fall color continues its downward trek into lower elevations, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Beacon Heights. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...
Flat Rock Overlook

Flat Rock Overlook

Tuesday’s sunset cast the viewscape at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Flat Rock Overlook ablaze with autumn light and fall color, which continues to spread downward from the High Country’s loftier elevations. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian...
Linville River

Linville River

Fall foliage adds a colorful contrast to the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Linville Falls Bridge & Rough Ridge Rainbow

Linville Falls Bridge & Rough Ridge Rainbow

Typically, this Linville Falls visitor’s center bridge leads to the eponymous Linville Falls. During autumn, it leads to brilliant fall foliage. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Fall color takes on another meaning, as a rainbow...
Woods Walk & Picnic Area

Woods Walk & Picnic Area

Grandfather Mountain’s Woods Walk & Picnic Area is aglow with golden foliage in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 17. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Linville River

Linville River

Fall color flows along the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Today is looking to be one of the busiest days of the year in the WNC High Country, with the Valle Country Fair taking place in Valle Crucis Oct. 19 and Banner Elk’s...
Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

Fall color begins its descent from the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain, past the Linn Cove Viaduct and into the valleys below. While color has peaked in certain areas near the viaduct and on the Blue Ridge Parkway, green can still be seen at lower...
Rime Ice

Rime Ice

Rime ice shrouds Grandfather Mountain’s lofty peaks, as brilliant fall foliage blankets the slopes below. The morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, was particularly chilly atop Grandfather Mountain, with temperatures in the 20s and a windchill of 5 degrees Fahrenheit....
Cannon Memorial Hospital

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall color becomes ever more prevalent in the WNC High Country’s higher elevations, as seen from the parking lot of Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. The higher elevations along certain areas of Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway seem to have...