2014

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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Watauga River

Fallen leaves litter rocks along the Watauga River on the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Today marks our final fall color update for the 2014. As the fall color season bids...

Linville Falls

Water flows over the upper falls at Linville Falls en route to the 45-foot plunge. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Elevations around 3,000 feet continue to impress leaf-lookers as the foothills of North Carolina reach peak...

Old Cranberry School

A line of colorful maples stands outside the Old Cranberry School in Avery County, N.C., while windswept leaves create patterns along the ground. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Areas around Linville Gorge, Hawksbill Mountain and Table...

Crossnore

Fall colors envelop a barn on U.S. 221 beween Crossnore and Linville Falls in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Barn quilts have been a part of rural North Carolina culture for years and...

Erwin’s View Overlook

The Linville River winds through colorful trees near Erwin's View Overlook at Linville Falls. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This moderate, 1.6-mile trail offers four overlooks for hikers to enjoy sights of autumn leaves and the...

Flat Rock Trail

Fallen leaves gather on a mushroom-ridden log near Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) At the highest elevations in western North Carolina, visitors are increasingly finding the most beautifully colored leaves cascading toward the ground....

Flat Rock

Views of Grandfather Mountain from the Flat Rock Trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway prove that fall color is not ready to disappear just yet. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Pockets of autumn color are becoming...

Valle Crucis

Green and gold intermingle on this hillside in Valle Crucis, N.C. (photo by Skip Sickler). Just a few miles away, the Valle Country Fair is abuzz with craft vendors, savory food, mountain music, entertainment and...

Avery Co.

Psychedelic sumac trees line the side of a rural road in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This beautiful tree, unrelated to poison sumac, produces a red fruit in late summer similar in shape...

Beacon Heights

Vivid red blueberry bushes, dark green rhododendrons and the oranges and yellows of autumn trees provide a kaleidoscope of color at Beacon Heights off the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by Skip Sickler) As the final...

Mill Pond

Downstream from the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, runoff from Tuesday's storms gushes among the still-colorful trees. (Photo by Skip Sickler) At Grandfather Mountain, staff recorded 4.22 inches of rain accumulation at the base of...

Linville Bluffs

Heavy fog and rain greets visitors to the High Country today, but the autumn colors provide a cheery glow in moments when the veil lifts briefly. (Photo by Skip Sickler) While visitors and locals alike...

Meadows

Water droplets collect along the stems of a burning bush (Euonymus alatus) at Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Kellen Short) While the bush is considered invasive in some parts of the United States, it's hard to...

Hampton’s General Store

A sugar maple shines in glorious gold and green outside the Old Hampton Store in Linville. (Photo by Skip Sickler). Because individual trees can vary in their leaf chemistry, sugar maples also can turn bright...

Deer Habitat

A deer ambles through the animal habitat at grandfather Mountain as if admiring the autumn splendor around her. (Photo by Skip Sickler). In the High Country, residents are beginning to take note of another color...

Grandfather Lake

While fall color is reaching peak on the high-elevation ridges of Grandfather Mountain, the lower elevations around Grandfather Lake prove that they still need several more days to mature. (Photo by Skip Sickler). The Blue...

Camp Yonahnoka

Fall colors dance on the edge of the lake at Camp Yonahnoka, just south of Grandfather Mountain in Linville. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Autumn color is peaking at the highest ridgelines and is now becoming...

Boone Fork Trail

A bridge over the Boone Fork Creek transports hikers to a wonderland of fall color along the Tanawha Trail outside Linville, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This area is accessible from the Boone Fork Parking...

Linville Ridge

Fall color seeps from the upper reaches of Grandfather Mountain to areas below to create a picturesque scene in Linville. (Photo by Jim Morton) Overcast skies and morning fog in the valleys this week are...

Rough Ridge Overlook

The sun rises above the varied yellows, oranges and greens of Rough Ridge, off the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Brisk winds this weekend shook off just enough leaves in the High Country...

Rough Ridge Overlook

A hiker gazes at the beauty from Rough Ridge, looking south toward the Linn Cove Viaduct and the peaks of Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Those willing to brave the chill today should be...

Price Park Picnic Area

Morning fog lifts to reveal shades of autumn color on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Price Park Picnic Area at milepost 296.5. (Photo by Skip Sickler) The advent of October in the mountains brings...

The crimson leaves of the sourwood tree are among the most showy now visible in the High Country's forests. (Photo by Skip Sickler) The species appears frequently on open slopes and ridges occupied by oaks...

Bass Lake

Many maple trees surrounding Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, N.C., are beginning to shed their leaves, while others are still awaiting the shift to their autumn accoutrements. (Photo by Katie Casella) Bass Lake boasts views...

Tanawha Trail

A stately red maple stands watch over a pasture off the Tanawha Trail near Holloway Mountain Road in Blowing Rock on Wednesday, Oct. 1. (Photo by Katie Casella) The 13.5-mile Tanawha Trail stretches from Julian...

Linn Cove Viaduct

Bright yellow goldenrods coordinate pleasantly with the changing leaves near the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen on the evening of Monday, Sept. 29. (Photo by Skip Sickler) In the vicinity...

Stack Rock

The view from Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak shows bursts of vibrant color appearing near the Stack Rock Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by Monty Combs). While the majority of trees remain green,...

Price Lake

A fisherman enjoys the stillness of Price Lake, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, where the water is beginning to reflect the changing leaves of autumn. (Photo by Monty Combs) Canoe and...

Grandfather Ridgeline

Afternoon sun hitting the western slopes of Grandfather Mountain in Linville shows fall color trickling into western North Carolina. (Photo by Jim Morton) Grandfather Mountain will offer guided leaf-looking walks at 1 p.m. on Oct....

Jesse Brown Cabin

Hints of fall color are emerging along the Blue Ridge Parkway, including outside the Jesse Brown Cabin near milepost 273 in E.B. Jeffress Park. During the last several days, more and more trees throughout the...