Boone Fork Bridge

Boone Fork Bridge

Golden autumn hues frame the Boone Fork Bridge, located near mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the bridge itself is still closed due to flood damage from this past spring, the Boone Fork area is beginning to pop with fall color. With temperatures continuing to drop, the color change is becoming much more prevalent with each passing day. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
MacRae Meadows

MacRae Meadows

A herd of deer forages in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Cooler temperatures in the Western North Carolina High Country seem to have jump-started the fall color change at higher elevations, while experts anticipate foliage below the 3,500-foot mark to follow suit over the next couple of weeks. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge is an exceptionally popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as one of the most colorful spots during autumn, it’s easy to see why. With access located at Milepost 302.8, this particular trail and ridgeline historically boasts some of the earliest and most vibrant fall color on the parkway, while offering majestic views of the valleys below. Even with this year’s slow-moving color change, Rough Ridge has already been showcasing some of the area’s brightest seasonal hues. As temperatures are predicted to remain cool throughout the week, color development is expected to begin spreading through more...
Woods Walk 2

Woods Walk 2

Grandfather Mountain’s Woods & Walk Picnic Area is starting to show off the colors of the season. According to experts, a forecast of cool weather means the Western North Carolina High Country could start seeing a lot more fall color in the coming week. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...
Split Rock

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will host its Fall Color Ramble, featuring guided hikes through fall foliage, presentations from fall color experts, hands-on activities for guests of all ages and much more. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

Framed by bursting fall color, a typically calm waterfall near the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 305) surges after Thursday’s heavy rains from Hurricane Michael. This season’s slow progression in color change proved fortuitous, as very few leaves were lost in the high winds. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “Enough leaves remain so that we will have colors, so if you’re considering whether to come up, at this point, I’d say you should come! With the sunny, cool weather coming, the colors should...
Cold Prong

Cold Prong

Fall color continues its slow, but steady, progression through the High Country, seen here at Cold Prong Overlook, located at Milepost 299 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The overlook features a trailhead that takes hikers to Cold Prong Pond and, eventually, the wide-ranging Tanawha Trail. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Stack Rock

Stack Rock

Rain and fog clear for a moment of autumn brilliance near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 304.8). With cold fronts expected to pass through the East Coast early next week, experts are optimistic that conditions could improve for a significant boost in fall color. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Price Lake

Price Lake

Fog clears over Price Lake to showcase reflections of fall color. The leaf change is still progressing slowly, but next week’s forecast calls for much cooler weather with bright days and cold nights, the combination of which could hasten the process. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Stack Rock Creek

Stack Rock Creek

Fall color begins to burst near Stack Rock Creek, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although much of the High Country remains green, isolated ridges along the Parkway are starting to showcase autumn’s hues. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and “Fall Color Guy,” individual trees, such as maples, birches and cherries, are starting to follow suit, while sourwoods appear to be peaking this week. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Woods Walk Hike

Woods Walk Hike

Autumn is an ideal time for a hike at Grandfather Mountain — cooler temperatures, crisp air and the kaleidoscopic changing of the leaves. Grandfather offers hikes for visitors of all skill levels, from beginners to experts and all points in between. The mountain’s most leisurely hike is the Woods Walk, a short, easy walk through a hardwood forest, featuring interpretive signage (and changing foliage) along the way. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...
Virgin’s Bower

Virgin’s Bower

Pictured above, virgin’s bower is a vine of many names — wild hops, devil’s hair, woodbine, love vine and traveler’s joy. Whatever you choose to call it, visitors to Grandfather Mountain can see the plant’s unique visage among autumn’s colorful cast of characters. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Slow & Steady

Slow & Steady

An eastern box turtle makes its way across Grandfather Mountain’s main road, near the park’s covered picnic shelter and Nature Museum. Slow and steady seems to be the theme this year, as fall color continues to progress at a leisurely pace. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Woods Walk Picnic Area

Woods Walk Picnic Area

Picnics are in season at Grandfather Mountain, as fall colors cast an autumnal glow in the park’s Woods Walk Picnic Area. With the continuing warm weather, the color change is off to a slow start, and with another week of above normal temperatures in the forecast, experts believe it may be a little while longer before the colors peak, especially at lower elevations. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Road to the Top

Road to the Top

Green turns to gold on the straightaway leading toward Grandfather Mountain’s famous switchbacks up to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy,” despite the slower-than-usual color change, trees could begin to develop their seasonal hues quite...
Linville Bluffs

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain’s fall color offers a striking contrast with the fog surrounding Linville Peak, as seen from the park’s Linville Bluffs picnic area. Although it’s been slower to arrive than usual, autumn foliage is beginning to burst in certain areas on the mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Black Rock Lot

Black Rock Lot

Autumn’s brilliance is starting to fall on Grandfather Mountain! Although color change has started a little slowly this year, fall foliage can already be spotted in most High Country locales. Some of the higher elevations are already off to a good start, as this view from Grandfather Mountain’s Black Rock parking lot demonstrates. However, that’s not necessarily the case elsewhere. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy,” “Usually by this time of the year, the upper elevations above 5,000 feet have significant color, and these high elevations...

Grandfather Mountain to close Sunday, Sept. 16, for inclement weather

Due to projected heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence, Grandfather Mountain will close for the day on Sunday, Sept. 16, to reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, weather permitting. The park will remain open Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with ticket sales ending at 5 p.m.), weather permitting. As Grandfather Mountain is a privately owned, nonprofit nature park, it is not affected by the N.C. State Parks closures. For more information, call...

Grandfather Mountain hosts Junior Ranger Day Sept. 8

The park will celebrate its Junior Rangers and welcome more to their numbers with the inaugural Junior Ranger Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Grandfather Mountain. Throughout the day, kids can search for salamanders, dig in the dirt and examine insects. There will also be arts and crafts programs that aren’t a part of Grandfather’s...

Hawk Watch returns to Grandfather in September

Being a mile high has its advantages. From atop Grandfather Mountain, visitors can grab a front-row seat to one of nature’s most stunning spectacles — thousands of raptors migrating over the mountains and heading south toward their wintering grounds. Guests can observe the raptors during the annual Hawk Watch, in which official counters and volunteers note the number of passersby in the sky throughout the entire month...

Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight at Grandfather Mountain

Visitors are familiar with Grandfather Mountain’s resident animals, including black bears, bald eagles, cougars, river otters and elk. But what do they do after dark? Guests can find out Saturday, Sept. 29, at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Creatures of the Night & Bonfire Delight, a nighttime event that features fun and spooky stories told by firelight, along with rare...

2018 Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic

Top photographers gather at Grandfather Mountain to present on the nuts and bolts of making good photographs. This event is free to working members of the press, with an additional cost for non-press professionals and amateurs. Online registration begins July 18 at grandfather.com. Plan to join us Aug. 18-19, 2018! Registration opens 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at https://grandfather.com/register-for-the-2018-camera-clinic-2/. Registration problems? Contact Frank Ruggiero, Director of Marketing & Communications, at frank@grandfather.com or (828) 733-2013.   2018 Speakers Allison Isley Akili-Casundria Ramsess Eric Seals Billy Weeks   Schedule (Subject to change) Friday, Aug. 17 3-6 p.m. – Check-in at MacRae Meadows...

Animal Enrichment Day Aug. 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain celebrates its furry and feathered inhabitants this Wednesday, Aug. 1, for the park’s annual Animal Enrichment Day. The special day promises a schedule full of fun and educational activities, all about the residents of the Linville, N.C., nature park’s environmental wildlife habitats. Specifically, the day highlights animal enrichment and its importance in caring for the animals that call Grandfather...