2013

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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NC Hwy 105

The top peaks of Grandfather Mountain are coated in rime ice this morning as fog is freezing to the trees along the ridgeline.  This photo was taken at Smoketree Lodge off of NC Hwy 105...

Cranberry School

These trees around Old Cranberry High School, at the junction of NC 194 and US 19-E between Newland and Elk Park, are a good representation of most elevations around 3,000 feet.  There is still some...

Near Banner Elk

A great autumn view can be found off of Lee Gualtney Rd. near Banner Elk, N.C.  This rolling field with cows sits on a hill looking toward the Matney area.  (Photo by Katie Casella) The...

US 221, Linville

Floyd Gragg and his wife set up their roadside stand of jams, jellies, honey and apple butter.  Floyd has had this stand on US 221 just north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance for decades.  (Photo...

Cliffside Overlook

The flanks of Grandfather Mountain are alive with color as illustrated with this photo taken at Cliffside Overlook in the park.  Another great view of the color on the Mountain right now can be seen...

Linville River

It's a cloudy morning but the fall color in the area is really popping against gray skies.  This photo of the Linville River was taken above Linville Falls.  (Photo by Skip Sickler) This weekend will...

Green Mountain Creek Bridge

A leaf peeper stops to take a photo along the bridge over Green Mountain Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 300.  This section of the Parkway from Blowing Rock to Grandfather Mountain continues...

Blue Ridge Parkway

It's an overcast day in the area with the chance of showers lasting into the early evening.  This photo was taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the entrance to Linville Falls at Milepost 316. ...

Linn Cove Viaduct

The sun rises on another beautiful day in the NC High Country as some of the first light shines on the Linn Cove Viaduct.  This engineering marvel winds its way around Grandfather Mountain at Milepost...

Linville Peak

The view from the top of Grandfather Mountain is gorgeous this morning with low-lying clouds to our east and south. The surrounding landscape has really come alive with color this week as illustrated in this...

Little Lost Cove Cliffs

It's a cloudy morning in the N.C. High Country with some drizzle.  The color is absolutely beautiful right now at Little Lost Cove Cliffs (accessed from Old Jonas Ridge Road).  (Photo by Skip Sickler) Autumn...

Linville Falls Area

Color abounds along the Linville River with a transitioning canopy overhead and many leaves that have already fallen.  The color will peak in this area over the next week.  (Photo by Skip Sickler) The Grandfather...

Boone Fork Bridge

It's a pleasant Saturday in the NC High Country and a great time to visit and see fall color.  These hikers are crossing the Boone Fork Bridge on the Tanawha Trail, accessed near Blue Ridge...

US 221

Fall color is bright and beautiful on the flanks of Grandfather right now.  This image was taken from US 221 looking up at the Linn Cove Viaduct.  (Photo by Skip Sickler) Autumn hues are at...

Linville

Morning sunlight helps this private driveway just off the Linville Bypass come alive with color.  This weekend will be a great time to enjoy fall color in the N.C. High Country.   (Photo by Skip Sickler)...

Pineola

These beautiful maples lining the picket fence at the intersection of NC Hwy 181 and US Hwy 221 in Pineola set the scene for beautiful photographs each fall.  This image is a great illustration of...

Tanawha Trail

The Tanawha Trail runs 13.5 miles from Julian Price Park to Beacon Heights and parallels the Blue Ridge Parkway through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the region.  The light of sunrise amplified the...

Linn Cove Area

While most of the area is overcast after overnight rainfall, the sun was shining through the rolling clouds on the Blue Ridge Parkway this morning.  This photo, taken just north of the Linn Cove Viaduct,...

Linville River

Spotty color is popping along the Linville River near Linville Falls.  This photo was taken from a Blue Ridge Parkway bridge at milepost 316.5.  (Photo by Skip Sickler) The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather Mountain...

Nature Museum Parking Lot

A kaleidoscope of color can currently be spotted at the Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum upper parking lot complete with blue skies and the clusters of red mountain ash berries.  Today is forecasted to be beautiful...

Altamont

This red maple in the Altamont community is spectacular this year!  Travelers on US 221 South can view this tree located next to a residence just south of Stamey Branch Road.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)...

Top Shop Parking Area

Many shrubs are alive with color above 5,000 feet on Grandfather Mountain.  This image was taken looking to the southeast from the Top Shop parking area.  (Photo by Katie Casella) Autumn color across the landscape...

Parkway View of Grandfather

Mountain ridgelines are now boasting the most widespread fall color in the NC High Country.  This photo, with Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge and Top Shop in the distance, was taken along the Blue...

South Side of Grandfather

Grandfather Mountain employees know to watch this heath bald on the south side of the Mountain in late September and early October as it is one of the first areas to change and show vivid...

Bass Lake

Autumn color reflects radiantly on Bass Lake, part of the Moses Cone Estate in Blowing Rock, NC.  Color remains spotty on most of the landscape but progression can be spotted almost daily now.  (Photo by...

Woods Walk

Fall color remains spotty around Grandfather Mountain. This burst of yellow was spotted on a maple tree near the attraction's Woods Walk picnic area. (Photo by Skip Sickler) The color should really develop at Grandfather...

Half Moon area

In addition to the start of fall leaf color, late summer-early fall wildflowers are also creating a kaleidoscope of hues on the hillsides right now. This image shows the red leaves of a blueberry bush,...

Rough Ridge

Hikers enjoy a beautiful day at Rough Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Rough Ridge parking area can be found at Milepost 302.8 and the summit has an elevation just below 4,800 feet. (Photo...

MacRae Meadows

It's an overcast morning at Grandfather Mountain but the weather is forecasted to clear later today.  This pop of color is one of the prettiest on the Mountain right now.  It can be found just...

Invershiel

Fall color in the NC High Country is spotty right now and the vast majority of the landscape is still covered in green leaves. This beautiful burst of red color has popped up on a...