Fall Color Gallery

Near Top Shop

Near Top Shop

Those hoping to catch fall color often look up, taking in the brilliant hues from towering trees. Plenty of color can be found by looking down, however, as numerous bushes, shrubs and plants break out their autumn best. At Grandfather Mountain, guests are sometimes...
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 over the weekend, and Appalachian State University biologist and “Fall Color...
Linville Land Harbor

Linville Land Harbor

Golden leaves cast a glimmering reflection in the lake at Linville Land Harbor, as fall foliage continues to develop in the WNC High Country. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Stack Rock

Stack Rock

Morning fog accentuates the fall color near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen this past Thursday, Oct. 10. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The fall color change continues to progress in the higher-elevation areas of the Western North Carolina High Country, including sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pictured here is the parkway bridge near Stack Rock (around BRP Milepost 304.8), colorfully accented by...
Pineola Sugar Maples

Pineola Sugar Maples

Sugar maples in nearby Pineola turn to gold, as autumn continues its slow and steady march through the WNC High Country. Experts estimate the foliage change to be about a week behind, due to the recent unseasonably warm temperatures and drought. Photo by Skip Sickler...
Pasture

Pasture

Fall color graces the treetops surrounding a pasture near Banner Elk. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and official WNC Fall Color Guy, the recent bout of warm weather and drought has postponed the color change by...
Boone Fork Creek

Boone Fork Creek

Golden hues weave their way into the otherwise green landscape at Boone Fork Creek, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near the base of Grandfather Mountain. At roughly 4,000 feet above sea level, the Boone Fork Bridge area is still showing predominantly green, meaning...
Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge

Bursts of fall color offer a striking contrast with the fog, as seen this past Saturday at Rough Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Recent cooler temperatures and some precipitation should lead to more prominent colors in the coming days. According to Dr. Howie...
Bridge Trail

Bridge Trail

Fall color surrounds the trailhead for Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Trail in this Oct. 2 photo. The Bridge Trail offers a short 0.4-mile, uphill hike to the park’s Top Shop, crossing under the Mile High Swinging Bridge itself along the way. Photo by Skip...
Road to the Top

Road to the Top

Photographed the evening of Oct. 3, fall color greets guests just past Grandfather Mountain’s Cliffside Overlook on the way to Black Rock Parking Area. This section of roadway is typically one of the first to showcase the colors of the season, along with other...
Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

Fall color spreads along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, near the Linn Cove Viaduct. Colors are also coming in toward Grandfather Mountain’s higher elevations, meaning this weekend could prove progressively colorful for leaf-lookers on Grandfather. Photo by...
Half Moon Overlook & Elk Habitat

Half Moon Overlook & Elk Habitat

Mountain ash and its vibrant berries burst into color at Grandfather Mountain’s Half Moon Overlook. Unseasonably warm weather and lack of rain have delayed significant color development, but an incoming cold front could prove beneficial to the color change....
Parkway Sunrise

Parkway Sunrise

The rising sun casts its morning glow, as fall color spreads along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. Pictured here is the curve near Rough Ridge parking area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Colors continue to develop at higher elevations in the Western North Carolina...
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 elevations — in this case, a mile high — with bursts of red, orange and gold serving as contrast...

Autumn falls into color at Grandfather Mountain

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to myriad species of plants and hardwood trees...