MacRae Meadows Picnic Area

MacRae Meadows Picnic Area

Sunshine beams through golden leaves in the picnic area of Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. Those visiting Grandfather Mountain this weekend for fall color are encouraged to skip the line by buying their tickets online, which allows guests to enter the park via a Priority Lane through the meadows. To learn more, visit https://goo.gl/Yvtbyx. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation ...
Over MacRae Meadows

Over MacRae Meadows

Fall color descends the slopes of Grandfather Mountain into the forests and valleys below. According to experts, since many trees at lower elevations are still mostly green, leaf-lookers can expect to see color change continue over the next couple of weeks. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
U.S. 221

U.S. 221

Fall color begins to spread through the High Country’s lower elevations, as seen at this pull-off from U.S. Hwy. 221. The highway runs near the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers dramatic vistas of the mountains and valleys below, much of which still remains green. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and “Fall Color Guy,” the forests seen from most overlooks are about 1,000 feet lower in elevation, meaning the leaves in those locations still have a little way to go. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows

Golden leaves complement the sunshine in Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows, with the mountain itself creating a stunning seasonal backdrop. During summertime, the meadows are draped in a different color — plaid. MacRae Meadows is the site of the annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, held each July and celebrated as one of the nation’s most popular gatherings of Scottish clans. Meanwhile, fall color continues to progress into the lower elevations of the High Country, with spot color still bursting at higher elevations, such as Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 302.8), meaning leaf-lookers can expect some colorful sights...