Psychedelic sumac trees line the side of a rural road in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This beautiful tree, unrelated to poison sumac, produces a red fruit in late summer similar in shape to the magnolia tree’s fruit.

The abundance of fall color right along the roadside will make driving the High Country a treat this weekend amid pleasant temperatures and sunshine. While trees at the upper elevations of the High Country have peaked, lower elevations and views into the valleys below should offer stunning color for several more days to come.