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Grandfather Mountain and the surrounding areas are gorgeous right now with fall color and blue skies, as seen in this Monty Combs photo taken at Milepost 302.1  on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

NC High Country areas above 3,500 feet will be great for leaf lookers this weekend and early next week. Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk and the Tynecastle area are especially colorful.