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Vivid red blueberry bushes, dark green rhododendrons and the oranges and yellows of autumn trees provide a kaleidoscope of color at Beacon Heights off the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

As the final rainclouds pass out of the High Country on Thursday, the forecast looks spectacular for the weekend ahead.

At Grandfather Mountain, naturalists will offer one final weekend of the guided walk series “Colors of Grandfather” on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. These short jaunts, included with regular park admission, showcase the autumn colors while allowing guests to learn about the color change process and ask questions about the nature around us.