Fall Color Gallery

Leaves on the Profile Trail

Leaves on the Profile Trail

Fallen leaves rest along a creek side on the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail, while reflections in the water cast a different sort of fall color. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Leaves on the Linville River

Leaves on the Linville River

Fallen leaves gather on the rocky shores of the Linville River at Linville Falls, located near milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While high winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta took down a significant portion of the area’s remaining...
Linville Falls

Linville Falls

Patches of fall color brighten an otherwise cloudy day at Linville Falls (milepost 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Although fall color is now waning in the WNC High Country, certain species are still aglow, including sumac, pictured near Linville Falls. Virginia...
Birch & Maple

Birch & Maple

A birch tree offers some brilliant contrast near the Linville River in Linville, N.C. Although fall color is past its peak in the WNC High Country, leaf-lookers can still expect vibrant colors from certain species. “Sumacs are peaking right now, and they turn a...
Blue Ridge Parkway & Elk River Falls

Blue Ridge Parkway & Elk River Falls

Although leaves in the WNC High Country are past their peak, certain areas continue to shine, especially between Stack Rock Creek and Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Remnants of fall color cling to branches along the Elk River, near Elk Park, N.C. Maple leaves...
View from Blowing Rock

View from Blowing Rock

Fall color frames the view of Grandfather Mountain from nearby Blowing Rock. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Price Lake 3

Price Lake 3

Vestiges of fall color shine along the shores of Price Lake, as Grandfather Mountain rises in the background. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Stack Rock Bridge Panorama

Stack Rock Bridge Panorama

Fall color brightens the vista at Stack Rock Creek Bridge, near milepost 304.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although color is beginning to wane at such high elevations, it can be seen spreading to areas below from such lofty locations as Grandfather Mountain and the...
Linville Land Harbor

Linville Land Harbor

Golden leaves shine above the lake at Linville Land Harbor, as distant fall color reflects on the surface. With peak color having passed at elevations higher than 3,500 feet, spectators can still marvel at vibrant color in lower elevations, much of which can be seen...
View from Sugar Mountain

View from Sugar Mountain

Colorful oak trees sweeten the view of Grandfather Mountain’s ridgeline from nearby Sugar Mountain. Fashionably late, oaks are some of the last trees to showcase their autumn foliage — and this season is no different. And with this week’s bout of warmer...
Grandfather Mountain State Park & Cannon Memorial Hospital

Grandfather Mountain State Park & Cannon Memorial Hospital

The road to Grandfather Mountain State Park’s Profile Trail access off N.C. 105 offers a short, but colorful, drive to the trailhead itself. While colors have peaked in the WNC High Country’s higher elevations, especially those above 3,500 feet, the color...
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 below. Meanwhile, the distinctive profiles of Table Rock and Hawksbill rise behind some fall color on the Blue Ridge...
Linville River

Linville River

Golden fall color flows alongside the Linville River, which winds through scenic Linville Falls and the famous Linville Gorge, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Linville River Bridge

Linville River Bridge

Fall color lines the Linville River near milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Experts anticipate peak color this weekend in the WNC High Country, meaning spectators can expect busier-than-normal crowds, in addition to the brighter-than-normal fall color. Photo by...
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 color descends the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the Top Shop parking lot near the Mile...
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 demonstrates. Meanwhile, colorful foliage can still be seen throughout the High Country’s lower elevations....
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, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and official “Fall Color Guy,” fall colors are now...
Linn Cove Viaduct 2

Linn Cove Viaduct 2

The remnants of Hurricane Delta may have drenched the WNC High Country, but fall color held fast to shine another day — as seen during the morning of Oct. 12 at the Linn Cove Viaduct (milepost 304.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), just as the storm was breaking. Fall...
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 leaf-looking conditions, causing colors to “pop” and appear naturally saturated. Fall color...
Price Lake 2

Price Lake 2

Green turns to gold, as fall color is reflected in Price Lake, located near milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...