Grandfather Mountain offers free admission to federal employees affected by shutdown

As the partial government shutdown continues, Grandfather Mountain will offer complimentary admission to affected government employees. Throughout the duration of the shutdown, affected federal employees and their guests (up to six total in the same vehicle) will receive free admission to Grandfather Mountain, with proof of federal employment, such as federal ID or...
Fall Photo Finale

Fall Photo Finale

Today’s photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and WNC’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy,” peak color may persist this week in the High Country but is expected to have passed by this coming weekend. After that, he noted, colors will all be below 3,000 feet in elevation, meaning they could still be visible from some of the area’s higher locales, including Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils. Fall color continues to shine in certain areas of the High Country, with vibrant bursts to be seen in Boone, Blowing Rock and, of course, their devilish counterpart. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “If you still haven’t come up to see the fall colors, this week would be good, as well as next weekend, although the colors will be lower down and not so much on the (Blue Ridge) Parkway or in Boone or Blowing Rock.” After next weekend, Neufeld predicts fall color will all be below 3,000 feet in elevation, meaning they’ll be visible from higher locations, including...
Duggers Creek Falls

Duggers Creek Falls

Fallen leaves adorn the rocks at Duggers Creek Falls, a little — and littler-known — waterfall tucked away near the iconic Linville Falls (MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Located near the Linville Falls Visitor Center, the Duggers Creek Falls are accessible via a short, easy trail from the main parking lot. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Although many trees have shed their leaves within the High Country’s higher elevations, others at lower elevations are still sporting a little green, as seen in this photo taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls (MP 316). From atop Grandfather Mountain, guests can see the color change spread throughout the valleys below, which, according to experts, should be peaking this weekend at certain elevations within the mid- to lower 3,000-foot range. Saturday also marks the park’s annual Beary Scary Halloween festival, featuring Halloween-themed arts and crafts, a costume contest with prizes, trick-or-treating throughout the park and more....
Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Pictured this past Thursday, fall color is in full splendor at Big Lost Cove Cliffs near Linville, just north of the Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook (MP 310) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This particular view is a favorite among those hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary Brown Mountain Lights. Those hoping for a glimpse of fall color can find it at various locations throughout the High Country, especially those with elevations below 4,000 feet, like the Boone area. With those colors expected to peak this weekend and early into next week, the color change should then start...
Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College

Fall color bursts into view near a dam at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. And there should still be more to come, as the color change progresses through lower elevations in the High Country and beyond. As colors continued to develop this week, experts believe this weekend could see peak color in the Boone area. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Cannon Memorial Hospital

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall colors frame the view of Grandfather Mountain from Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. Although the High Country’s higher elevations are mostly bereft of leaves, color can still be found in various lower-elevation locations throughout the region, especially those at 3,500 feet and below. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Calloway Peak Overlook

Calloway Peak Overlook

Fall color finds its way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen from the View Calloway Peak Overlook at Milepost 299.7. While last Saturday’s high winds saw much of the higher-elevation foliage blow away, there’s still color to be seen in some of the area’s lower elevations. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, forests below the Parkway are still primarily green, although color has begun to extend to about 2,000 feet in some locations. Neufeld noted that these areas usually peak toward the end of October and sometimes into...
Reflections on Price Lake

Reflections on Price Lake

Fall color reflects on Price Lake, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 296.7) near Blowing Rock. While this past weekend’s high winds cleared many a leaf from higher elevations, mid- to lower elevations are showing a mix of seasonal hues and green, with more color to come. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “Because there are still a lot of green leaves out there, I’m predicting that colors will continue to develop this week and peak by next weekend.” As such, Grandfather Mountain’s lofty elevation offers an ideal...
Linn Cove Area

Linn Cove Area

Foliage near the Linn Cove Viaduct area of the Blue Ridge Parkway assumes its autumn hues, as fall color continues to spread through the Western North Carolina High Country. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...

Viaduct at Sunset

A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the autumn palette. As the sun rises on Saturday, Oct. 20, it’ll greet one of the High Country’s busiest fall days. With color peaking in higher elevations, the Woolly Worm Festival racing into Banner Elk, the Valle Country Fair celebrating autumn in Valle Crucis and an Appalachian State football game kicking off in Boone, visitors and residents alike can expect a surge in traffic, especially along the N.C. 105 corridor. Grandfather Mountain itself is expecting a busy day, although guests can bypass any...