Fall Color Report

At the Viaduct

Brilliant fall color frames the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct, as seen from the iconic bridge's southern side this past Friday, Oct. 15. As...

Split Rock

Grandfather Mountain's Split Rock may literally be divided, but fall color vistas from this particular area are wholly stunning. With cool weather and sunshine in...

The Lake at Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color is reflected in the lake at Camp Yonahnoka near Linville, N.C., as Grandfather Mountain rises in the distance. Colors are continuing to progress...

Grandfather Mountain Wild Watch program provides educational enrichment to first-grade students

For the second academic year in a row, educators from the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation are collaborating with Avery County Schools to provide significant educational...

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At the Viaduct

Brilliant fall color frames the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct, as seen from the iconic bridge's southern side this past Friday, Oct. 15. As pictured, color is bursting in the area's higher elevations, such...

Split Rock

Grandfather Mountain's Split Rock may literally be divided, but fall color vistas from this particular area are wholly stunning. With cool weather and sunshine in the forecast, this weekend will be an ideal time to...

The Lake at Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color is reflected in the lake at Camp Yonahnoka near Linville, N.C., as Grandfather Mountain rises in the distance. Colors are continuing to progress at a steady rate, and with a dip in temperature...

Scenic Picnic

Pictured during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 13, this picnic spot on Grandfather Mountain, located just before Split Rock and Sphinx Rock, offers spectacular views of fall color, accompanied by the mountains and...

Profile View from Seven Devils

Fall color stretches along Grandfather Mountain's iconic profile, as viewed from the nearby town of Seven Devils. A recent bout of warm weather seems to have slowed the color progression, meaning vibrant colors are still...

Autumn Sunrise from the Top

Fall color descends Grandfather Mountain's slopes, past the nonprofit nature park's upper switchbacks and into a sea of clouds below, just before sunrise this morning, Oct. 11. Sunrise breaks through the clouds, highlighting the surrounding...

Blue Ridge Parkway

Today kicks off a pattern of perfect autumn weather at Grandfather Mountain! The extended forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the 60s. Today's photo is from the Blue Ridge Parkway, traveling south from Blowing...

Cliffside Overlook

It's been a wet week on Grandfather Mountain, as demonstrated by this foggy photo from Cliffside Overlook. Leaf lookers need not worry! Plenty of green leaves still remain on trees with lovely pops of color...

Autumn Viewfinder

You don't necessarily need a viewfinder to see fall color spreading along Grandfather Mountain's slopes into the surrounding mountains below — but it certainly couldn't hurt. Here, low-laying clouds glide over the reds, golds and...

Wilson Creek & Blue Ridge Parkway

Fallen leaves line the Tanawha Trail footbridge over Wilson Creek, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 303.6), as the remaining greenery begins turning to gold. Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation...

From the Top

An early morning break in the clouds offers stunning views of color-dappled hills and valleys, as seen from atop Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak and the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather...

Near Rough Ridge

While fog typically obstructs views, during autumn, it can serve as a striking contrast for vibrant fall color, as seen here near Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 302.8). Color is just starting...

From Banner Elk

Sunrise cascades over the WNC High Country, highlighting bursts of fall color appearing in the area's lower elevations, as seen from the town of Banner Elk this past Sunday. Standing more than a mile high...

The Back Porch

When it comes to outdoor dining, Grandfather Mountain has the best seat in the house. Be it at a picnic site or the newly renovated deck outside of Mildred's Grill (pictured), Grandfather's fall foliage is...

Near MacRae Meadows

Golden autumnal hues make the forest glow just above MacRae Meadows near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Colors continue to be the most prevalent at the mountain's higher elevations, although colorful patches at relatively lower...

Over the Half Moon for Autumn

On Grandfather Mountain, fall color is on the rise — literally. October has arrived, and with it the kaleidoscopic display of fall foliage.Pictured from Half Moon overlook, orange and gold begins to spread along Grandfather's...

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...