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Giving Tuesday at Grandfather Mountain

By simply visiting Grandfather Mountain, you’ve already helped in our mission of inspiring conservation of the natural world, while ensuring the mountain itself will be...

Holidays bring discounts, shopping and more to Grandfather Mountain

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls — and hills — for the holidays. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season...

Grandfather Mountain rings in the holidays

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Grandfather Mountain officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery — a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by...

Chetola Resort Festival of Lights provides holiday cheer through January

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Chetola Resort once again greets the holidays with its drive-through tour of the Festival of Lights. The free display includes close...

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Giving Tuesday at Grandfather Mountain

By simply visiting Grandfather Mountain, you’ve already helped in our mission of inspiring conservation of the natural world, while ensuring the mountain itself will be preserved for generations to come. With the holidays upon us,...

Grandfather Mountain rings in the holidays

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Grandfather Mountain officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery — a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by Larry Smith of Mountain Top Fraser Fir in Avery County....

Farewell to Fall

A seasonal display at Linville Land Harbor bids farewell to fall in the WNC High Country. Today's entry marks the last in Grandfather Mountain's 2020 Fall Color Gallery. This season was one of the brightest...

Leaves on the Profile Trail

Fallen leaves rest along a creek side on the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail, while reflections in the water cast a different sort of fall color. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Leaves on the Linville River

Fallen leaves gather on the rocky shores of the Linville River at Linville Falls, located near milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While high winds and heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Zeta...

Linville Falls

Patches of fall color brighten an otherwise cloudy day at Linville Falls (milepost 316.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Although fall color is now waning in the WNC High Country, certain species are still aglow,...

Birch & Maple

A birch tree offers some brilliant contrast near the Linville River in Linville, N.C. Although fall color is past its peak in the WNC High Country, leaf-lookers can still expect vibrant colors from certain species....

Blue Ridge Parkway & Elk River Falls

Although leaves in the WNC High Country are past their peak, certain areas continue to shine, especially between Stack Rock Creek and Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Remnants of fall color cling to...

View from Blowing Rock

Fall color frames the view of Grandfather Mountain from nearby Blowing Rock. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

Price Lake 3

Vestiges of fall color shine along the shores of Price Lake, as Grandfather Mountain rises in the background. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Stack Rock Bridge Panorama

Fall color brightens the vista at Stack Rock Creek Bridge, near milepost 304.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although color is beginning to wane at such high elevations, it can be seen spreading to areas...

Linville Land Harbor

Golden leaves shine above the lake at Linville Land Harbor, as distant fall color reflects on the surface. With peak color having passed at elevations higher than 3,500 feet, spectators can still marvel at vibrant...

View from Sugar Mountain

Colorful oak trees sweeten the view of Grandfather Mountain's ridgeline from nearby Sugar Mountain. Fashionably late, oaks are some of the last trees to showcase their autumn foliage — and this season is no different....

Lost Cove Cliffs

Fall color descends from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Lost Cove Cliffs. Experts report that leaves are currently peaking in color at 3,000 feet and below. Meanwhile, the distinctive profiles of Table Rock and Hawksbill...

Linville River

Golden fall color flows alongside the Linville River, which winds through scenic Linville Falls and the famous Linville Gorge, otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of North Carolina. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain...

Linville River Bridge

Fall color lines the Linville River near milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Experts anticipate peak color this weekend in the WNC High Country, meaning spectators can expect busier-than-normal crowds, in addition to the...

Bear-ly Autumn

Yonahlossee, one of Grandfather Mountain's resident black bears, cools off in her pond, while enjoying a close-up view of some already fallen fall color. Fall color descends the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, as seen from...

Anvil Rock

While much of the fall color has peaked on Grandfather Mountain, there is still plenty to be found, as this scene from Grandfather's Anvil Rock demonstrates. Meanwhile, colorful foliage can still be seen throughout the...

Seven Devils

Grandfather Mountain and its famous profile are bathed in fall color, as viewed from the nearby town of Seven Devils. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and official "Fall...

Linn Cove Viaduct 2

The remnants of Hurricane Delta may have drenched the WNC High Country, but fall color held fast to shine another day — as seen during the morning of Oct. 12 at the Linn Cove Viaduct...

Fall in the Fog

Vibrant fall color stretches along U.S. 221 toward Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct. Fog and drizzle can make for ideal leaf-looking conditions, causing colors to "pop" and appear naturally saturated....

Price Lake 2

Green turns to gold, as fall color is reflected in Price Lake, located near milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Price Lake

Fall color makes a splash at Price Lake, located near milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Bear Habitat

Grandfather Mountain's resident black bears enjoy more than just the bear necessities — such as a magnificent view of fall color from their environmental wildlife habitat. Fortunately, the view can be seen from the overlook...

View from Grandmother Mountain

The Oct. 8 sunrise highlights the red and orange foliage that's becoming ever more prevalent on Grandfather Mountain, as seen from neighboring Grandmother Mountain. Grandmother Mountain also offers a stunning view of Beacon Heights (milepost...