2011

Donor Spotlight: Bob & Susan Wilson

As namesakes of Grandfather Mountain’s forthcoming Wilson Center for Nature Discovery, Bob and Susan Wilson are moving mountains. Susan and Bob Wilson break ground on...

Grandfather Mountain mourns the loss of Gerry the black bear

Photo by Deborah Anderson On Saturday, June 20, Grandfather Mountain bid farewell to Gerry the black bear. Gerry was humanely euthanized following a long history of...

Grandfather Mountain’s Animal Birthday Party returns June 10

Photo by Judi Sawyer Just another day at the paw-ffice. On Wednesday, June 10, visitors to Grandfather Mountain will be able to celebrate the annual...

The Remarkable Rhododendron Ramble returns to Grandfather Mountain

Photo by Skip Sickler Few plants signify summer in the mountains quite like the vivid pink Catawba rhododendron. When it comes to rhododendron, the Appalachian...

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Happy Halloween!

Click here to the 2011 Grandfather Mountain Fall color Gallery. Oct. 31 – Happy Halloween!  Helen Moss Davis found this Jack-o'-lantern scarecrow to close out our month of fall photos with a smile. The leaf-looking...

The Last of Fall

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 30 – A cold, clear morning on Grandfather today.  It was too windy for a bonfire last night, so those who attended...

Snow Near Bridge

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 29 – This photograph by Monty Combs shows the snow and rime ice that covered the trees near the Swinging Bridge this...

Lonesome Leaves

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 28 – Lots of rain and fog on Grandfather today.  Tumbling temperatures and snow showers in the forecast for tonight.  The precipitation...

Mountain Ashe Berries

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 27 – Another clear morning at Grandfather Mountain, but we expect clouds to gather and temperatures to fall during the day.  There...

Late Light On Linville Peak

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 26 – Another sunny day at Grandfather Mountain, and we are not complaining!  It is that time of year when Grandfather becomes...

View From MacRae Peak

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 25 – Sunshine and seasonable temperatures today at Grandfather Mountain.  You'll drive through a lot of color in the foothills along your...

Lost Cove

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 24 – It is a beautiful day on Grandfather Mountain.  There will be an abundance of color below 3,000 feet as you...

Grandfather’s Profile

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 23 – It is a beautiful day on Grandfather Mountain. Visitors will see an abundance of color below 3,000 feet as they...

Table Rock and Linville Gorge

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 22 – It is a calm, clear, brisk day on Grandfather Mountain.  Visitors will see an abundance of color below 3,000 feet...

Rainbow Above Foothills

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 21 – It is a cold, clear, slightly breezy day on Grandfather Mountain. There are not a lot of leaves left on...

Linville Bluffs

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 20 – A cold front blew through yesterday and temperatures today are in the 30s.   There are not a lot of...

Pisgah Forest

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 19 – It is a foggy, rainy, but still relatively warm day at Grandfather Mountain. We expect temperatures to fall in the...

Hawks Bill & Table Rock

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season. The best route for color right now is the Blue Ridge Parkway from...

Near Parkway Viaduct

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 17 – Another sunny day at Grandfather Mountain, less breezy than the past few days. Helen Moss Davis took today's photo early...

Barn in Valle Crucis

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 16 – Sunday is a sunny, warm day.  It is still breezy, wind sustained over 25 mph, but the high winds we...

Cow Pasture In Valle Crucis

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 15 –  The wind has calmed down a little today and visitors are being allowed to visit the Mile High Swinging Bridge. ...

Profile From Echota

Oct. 14 –  It is windy, windy, windy at Grandfather today and the top of the mountain is closed to visitors.  Winds are sustained at 55 mph and have gusted to almost 90 mph.  Lots...

Viaduct From Parkway MP 300

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 13 –  It was foggy and wet at Grandfather today, but we expect it to clear up Friday afternoon and have a...

Blue Ridge Parkway Viaduct

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 12 –  It is rainy and chilly at Grandfather today, but Helen Moss Davis captured lots of color beneath the Blue Ridge...

Woods Walk

Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season. Oct. 11 –   It is rainy and chilly at Grandfather today, perfect for a quiet stroll on the Woods Walk Trail for a doe that...

Moses Cone Estate

Oct. 9 –  Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!  With a little nip in the air.   It is a great day for leaf-looking at Grandfather Mountain, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in all parts of the High...

View From Summit

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 8 –  It is a beautiful day in the High County with the fall color putting on a show above 4,000 feet. ...

Sunset from Cliffside Overlook

Oct. 7 –  Blue skies and fall color!  It is so exciting here right now!  The peak color for Grandfather’s high elevations (above 4,000 feet) will be this weekend and next, Oct. 8-16.   Beyond...

Stack Rock Creek on Blue Ridge Parkway

Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season. Oct. 6 -- The sunny weather has turned up the volume and the color is coming on fast!  The peak color for Grandfather's high elevations...

Sunrise from the Summit

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. Oct. 5 — The sunny weather has turned up the volume and the color is coming on fast!  Expect this coming weekend to...

5,000 foot Elevation

Oct. 4 — Today's weather is sunny and seasonably warm with temperatures in the 50s.  There is a lot of color in the leaves just hiding under a thin layer of green.  It is like...

Crimson Maple in MacRae Meadows

Another day of high winds here at Grandfather.  Temperatures are in the high 40s and winds are sustained around 40 as well.   Today's photograph was taken from MacRae Meadows and illustrates the random splashes of...

NC 105 in Foscoe

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery. This photograph from NC 105 in Foscoe shows the profile of Grandfather with snow on the peaks, which is very unexpected when the...