The sun rises on Beacon Heights (MP 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), as autumn foliage complements the hues of dawn. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, fall color expert and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, this coming week could be the best time to visit high-elevation spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, since they peak earlier than lower elevations. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation