2012

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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View of Grandfather

A view of Grandfather Mountain from the Upper Creek Falls parking area off of NC 181, south of Jonas Ridge.  Upper Creek Falls, in Burke County, is a popular spot for hikers and fishermen.  (Photo...

Linville River

The Linville River is a gentle stream as it passes through the town of Linville.  Color is past peak in the area and many leaves have been falling today.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)  The High...

Rendezvous Mountain

Today's photo is looking southwest from the road in Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest.  The Wilkes County forest has trails marked with exhibits and displays as well as picnic areas.  (Photo by Monty Combs) Fall...

Grandfather Ridgeline

This photo of the Grandfather Mountain ridgeline as seen from NC 105 illustrates that the pattern of beautiful autumn weather continues today.  After a steady breeze this weekend, most leaves above 4,000 feet have fallen....

Near Price Lake

Fall foliage spotted near the boat ramp area at Price Lake, just south of Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Beautiful autumn weather continues today in the NC High Country.  (Photo by Monty Combs)...

The Chimneys

This Skip Sickler photo was taken from The Chimneys on the eastern rim of the Linville Gorge, looking north toward Table Rock.  The leaves in this area should be at peak this weekend with lots...

Valle Crucis

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Fall color and this white barn and fence set a picturesque scene in Valle Crucis.  Thousands of people will flock to the small town this weekend for crafts,...

Linville Falls

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery It's a foggy day at Grandfather and most of the area is very overcast.  Nice weather is set to return to the area tomorrow and last throughout the...

Wiseman’s View

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The Linville Gorge is bursting with color as seen from this image taken at Wiseman's View.  Beautiful blue skies, sunshine and cool autumn temperatures continue today.  (Photo by...

Chestoa View

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The view from Chestoa View Overlook (Milepost 320 on the Blue Ridge Parkway) looking back toward Grandfather Mountain.  As the season progresses, the areas south of Grandfather on...

Linville Falls Picnic Area

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The area hit widespread peak this weekend and the blue skies continue today making it another beautiful autumn day.  The area around Linville Falls (milepost 316 on the...

Indian Cucumber Root

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The leaves of the Indian Cucumber Root, seen in this Skip Sickler photo, turn a deep red near the stem in autumn.  The plant, seen along the Profile...

Moses Cone Park

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Horses and riders take a break at Moses Cone Park just south of Blowing Rock.  The Park can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway or from the...

Profile Trail

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery It's an overcast day at Grandfather Mountain but the hillsides are alive with fall color.  This photo taken by Skip Sickler on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Profile Trail...

MacRae Meadows

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Yesterday was a blustery day at Grandfather and many leaves did fall to the ground.  However, many leaves still remain on the trees as illustrated in the Skip...

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery   Winds are gusting from 30 mph to 40 mph this morning at the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather.  It's a beautiful day and as many leaves...

Price Lake

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Price Lake, off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, is another location that has transitioned to fall a bit earlier than normal this year.  The trees around...

Wilson Creek

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery It's a chilly day on Grandfather Mountain with morning temperatures in the low 30s at the Mile High Swinging Bridge.  Fall color is still beautiful in the overcast...

Mountain Maple Leaves

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Much cooler air has invaded today with temperatures expected to dip below freezing at the top of Grandfather this evening. While there are still many trees yet to...

Price Park Picnic Area

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery This Monty Combs image is looking south from the picnic area at Price Park, along the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 296.  Fall color is brightening landscapes in...

Linn Cove Viaduct

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The fall color is coming in nicely at the Linn Cove Viaduct and will continue to do so this weekend.  The area around Grandfather Mountain is peaking right...

Blue Ridge Parkway

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery 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...

Linville Bluffs

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The fog has lifted and the flanks of Grandfather Mountain have come alive with fall color.  The next few days should be beautiful at elevations above 4,000 feet....

US 221 Waterfall

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery With two inches of rain recorded at Grandfather Mountain over the last 24 hours, the area streams are up and roaring.  This view of Wilson Creek from US...

Cranberry School

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery It's an overcast and rainy day in the NC High Country.  These trees around the Old Cranberry High School, at the junction of NC 194 and US 19-E...

Switchbacks

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery The deciduous trees on Grandfather above 5,000 feet are beginning to turn quickly with the widespread "peak" on the Mountain occurring sometime over the next 10 days.  This...

Near Top Parking Area

Click here for the 2012 fall color gallery Today's forecast calls for clouds and occasional daytime rain.   During overcast weather, autumn leaves sometimes stand out even more against the green and gray of a mountain landscape...