Fall Color Gallery

At the Viaduct

At the Viaduct

Brilliant fall color frames the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct, as seen from the iconic bridge’s southern side this past Friday, Oct. 15. As pictured, color is bursting in the area’s higher elevations, such as those between 4,000 and 5,000...
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...
Autumn Sunrise from the Top

Autumn Sunrise from the Top

Fall color descends Grandfather Mountain’s slopes, past the nonprofit nature park’s upper switchbacks and into a sea of clouds below, just before sunrise this morning, Oct. 11. Sunrise breaks through the clouds, highlighting the surrounding autumnal hues...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Today kicks off a pattern of perfect autumn weather at Grandfather Mountain! The extended forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. Today’s photo is from the Blue Ridge Parkway, traveling south from Blowing Rock toward Linville. Fall color lights...
Cliffside Overlook

Cliffside Overlook

It’s been a wet week on Grandfather Mountain, as demonstrated by this foggy photo from Cliffside Overlook. Leaf lookers need not worry! Plenty of green leaves still remain on trees with lovely pops of color scattered across the Mountain. Weather forecasts report...
Autumn Viewfinder

Autumn Viewfinder

You don’t necessarily need a viewfinder to see fall color spreading along Grandfather Mountain’s slopes into the surrounding mountains below — but it certainly couldn’t hurt. Here, low-laying clouds glide over the reds, golds and greens of early...
Wilson Creek & Blue Ridge Parkway

Wilson Creek & Blue Ridge Parkway

Fallen leaves line the Tanawha Trail footbridge over Wilson Creek, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 303.6), as the remaining greenery begins turning to gold. Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Color continues to progress at...
From the Top

From the Top

An early morning break in the clouds offers stunning views of color-dappled hills and valleys, as seen from atop Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak and the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Near Rough Ridge

Near Rough Ridge

While fog typically obstructs views, during autumn, it can serve as a striking contrast for vibrant fall color, as seen here near Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 302.8). Color is just starting to appear along areas of the Blue Ridge Parkway 3,500 feet...
From Banner Elk

From Banner Elk

Sunrise cascades over the WNC High Country, highlighting bursts of fall color appearing in the area’s lower elevations, as seen from the town of Banner Elk this past Sunday. Standing more than a mile high in elevation, Grandfather Mountain in nearby Linville...
The Back Porch

The Back Porch

When it comes to outdoor dining, Grandfather Mountain has the best seat in the house. Be it at a picnic site or the newly renovated deck outside of Mildred’s Grill (pictured), Grandfather’s fall foliage is guaranteed to make your meal that much more...
Near MacRae Meadows

Near MacRae Meadows

Golden autumnal hues make the forest glow just above MacRae Meadows near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Colors continue to be the most prevalent at the mountain’s higher elevations, although colorful patches at relatively lower elevations — like this one —...
Over the Half Moon for Autumn

Over the Half Moon for Autumn

On Grandfather Mountain, fall color is on the rise — literally. October has arrived, and with it the kaleidoscopic display of fall foliage.Pictured from Half Moon overlook, orange and gold begins to spread along Grandfather’s lofty slopes. Color is coming in...