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Hawk Watch soars to Grandfather Mountain 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 —...

Grandfather Mountain cancels 2020 autumn special events

Due to COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain has canceled its 2020 autumn special events. According to park leaders, the nonprofit nature preserve would be unable to safely...

Donor Spotlight: Bob & Susan Wilson honor family, commitment to environmental education

Bob and Susan Wilson break ground on the new conservation campus on Sept. 2, 2019. Grandfather Mountain is grateful for their extraordinary commitment to its...

Grandfather Mountain mourns the loss of Gerry the black bear

Photo by Deborah Anderson On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of...

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COVID-19 Update

Following a two-month closure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grandfather Mountain has reopened, with ticket sales moving online. In accordance with N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s three-phased “reopening” of North Carolina, the park is...

Farewell to Fall

Today marks the last day of entries for Grandfather Mountain's 2019 Fall Color Gallery. Fall color in the Western North Carolina High Country is officially past peak, with recent high winds and heavy rain having...

Linville River at Linville Falls

The Linville River rushes past fallen leaves at Linville Falls, located at milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the high winds from last Thursday blew away many leaves in the High Country, fall...

Price Lake

Fallen leaves decorate the shores of Price Lake, located in Julian Price Park (milepost 297) near Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although Halloween's high winds blew many leaves from their branches, high-elevation vantage...

Snowy Autumn

Come the morning of Nov. 1, Grandfather Mountain saw a different type of fall color. Halloween brought tricks rather than treats, with a cold front doling out a dusting of snow, 18-degree temperatures and wind...

Wilson Creek & Lost Cove Cliffs

Gold and orange fall foliage lights up the banks along Wilson Creek, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Despite this week's wind and rain, there's...

Linville Falls

Autumn color flows through Linville Falls, as wet weather arrives in the WNC High Country. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and official "Fall Color Guy," although the area is slightly...

Green Mountain Overlook Bridge & Parkway Sunrise

Autumnal brilliance blankets a vista seen from the bridge near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Green Mountain Overlook (milepost 300.6). According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and the WNC High Country's official...

Charlotte Skyline

The Charlotte skyline rises on the horizon some 80 miles away as the crow flies, while fall color dominates the foreground in this view from Pilot Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 301.8)....

Elk River

Having traded its branch for a rock, a lone maple leaf holds fast, as the Elk River courses by. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation  

Mill Pond

Fall color brings autumnal brilliance to the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, near Lees-MacRae College. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

MacRae Meadows & Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color lights up MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 24. Foliage is currently peaking in many locations on Grandfather Mountain, with brilliant colors even beginning to...

Near Beacon Heights

Fall color continues its downward trek into lower elevations, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Beacon Heights. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation  

Flat Rock Overlook

Tuesday's sunset cast the viewscape at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Flat Rock Overlook ablaze with autumn light and fall color, which continues to spread downward from the High Country's loftier elevations. According to Dr. Howie...

Linville River

Fall foliage adds a colorful contrast to the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Linville Falls Bridge & Rough Ridge Rainbow

Typically, this Linville Falls visitor's center bridge leads to the eponymous Linville Falls. During autumn, it leads to brilliant fall foliage. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Fall color takes on another...