Fall Photo Finale

Fall Photo Finale

Today’s photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain’s 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and WNC’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy,” peak color may persist this week in the High Country but is expected to have passed by this coming weekend. After that, he noted, colors will all be below 3,000 feet in elevation, meaning they could still be visible from some of the area’s higher locales, including Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils. Fall color continues to shine in certain areas of the High Country, with vibrant bursts to be seen in Boone, Blowing Rock and, of course, their devilish counterpart. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “If you still haven’t come up to see the fall colors, this week would be good, as well as next weekend, although the colors will be lower down and not so much on the (Blue Ridge) Parkway or in Boone or Blowing Rock.” After next weekend, Neufeld predicts fall color will all be below 3,000 feet in elevation, meaning they’ll be visible from higher locations, including...
Duggers Creek Falls

Duggers Creek Falls

Fallen leaves adorn the rocks at Duggers Creek Falls, a little — and littler-known — waterfall tucked away near the iconic Linville Falls (MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Located near the Linville Falls Visitor Center, the Duggers Creek Falls are accessible via a short, easy trail from the main parking lot. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship...
Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

Although many trees have shed their leaves within the High Country’s higher elevations, others at lower elevations are still sporting a little green, as seen in this photo taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Linville Falls (MP 316). From atop Grandfather Mountain, guests can see the color change spread throughout the valleys below, which, according to experts, should be peaking this weekend at certain elevations within the mid- to lower 3,000-foot range. Saturday also marks the park’s annual Beary Scary Halloween festival, featuring Halloween-themed arts and crafts, a costume contest with prizes, trick-or-treating throughout the park and more....
Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Pictured this past Thursday, fall color is in full splendor at Big Lost Cove Cliffs near Linville, just north of the Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook (MP 310) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This particular view is a favorite among those hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary Brown Mountain Lights. Those hoping for a glimpse of fall color can find it at various locations throughout the High Country, especially those with elevations below 4,000 feet, like the Boone area. With those colors expected to peak this weekend and early into next week, the color change should then start...