Fall color finds its way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen from the View Calloway Peak Overlook at Milepost 299.7. While last Saturday’s high winds saw much of the higher-elevation foliage blow away, there’s still color to be seen in some of the area’s lower elevations. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, forests below the Parkway are still primarily green, although color has begun to extend to about 2,000 feet in some locations. Neufeld noted that these areas usually peak toward the end of October and sometimes into early November, meaning visitors to Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway can still see the season unfold over the hills below.

Photo by Monty Combs | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation