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Tracy Swartout named superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway

ATLANTA — Today, National Park Service (NPS) South Atlantic-Gulf Regional Director Stan Austin announced the selection of Tracy Swartout as the new superintendent of Blue Ridge Parkway, effective May...

March Gladness: Grandfather Mountain weather begins to warm for spring

Data recorded at the official National Weather Service reporting station at Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge indicated average March weather at the Linville, N.C.,...

From the Ground Up: Grandfather Mountain’s Conservation Campus in Progress

September 2 is an auspicious date for Grandfather Mountain. Sixty-eight years ago, it marked the opening of the world-famous Mile High Swinging Bridge. In 2019,...

‘Dollar Days’ begin April 1 at Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain will open its gates to High Country residents, employees and their guests for only $3 each April 1-23, as the park’s “Dollar Days”...

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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...

Two Bridges

The Linn Cove Viaduct is flanked by Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge in the distance, as fall color spreads along the mountain's ridgelines. Fall color explodes along the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct....

Near Split Rock

Vibrant red foliage helps frame a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as seen during the evening hours of Oct. 5 from the Split Rock area on Grandfather Mountain. The Oct. 5 sunset complements fall...

The Top

Most people look to the treetops for fall color, but on Grandfather Mountain, leaf-lookers can also direct their gaze downward. Spruce fir evergreens are nestled along Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak, leaving fall color to the...

Parkway & 221

Golden foliage frames the waterfall at the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, on the way to Grandfather Mountain's Entrance Gate. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Stack Rock Bridge

Fall color bursts into the scene over Stack Rock Bridge, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This particular section is already showing vibrant displays of fall foliage, as color becomes more prominent in...

Linn Cove Viaduct

Fall color moves along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain near the Linn Cove Viaduct, as pictured during the evening hours of Oct. 1. Grandfather offers an ideal vantage point to observe the foliage — first...

Fall on the Rise

Fall color is on the rise at Grandfather Mountain, as fiery red maple leaves burst on their branches. Recent cool weather seems to have flipped the switch on fall foliage, with numerous trees at various...

Donor Spotlight: Barbara & Jim Goodmon

Barbara and Jim Goodmon. Photo by Monty Combs | GMSF Barbara and Jim Goodmon have many happy memories of Grandfather Mountain. One that stands out the most is their honeymoon some 50 years ago. They...

Fall Color Rambles return to Grandfather Mountain

As the Blue Ridge Mountains begin to burst with fall color, Grandfather Mountain invites leaf-lookers to see the brilliant change from one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. Grandfather Mountain is home to...