2016

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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Linville River

A brilliant autumn sky joins vibrant fall color in a reflection on the Linville River. While much of the High Country is past peak, spot color still abounds, and elevations lower than 3,000 feet continue...

Linville Falls Maples

Maple leaves change their shade at Linville Falls, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although fall color has mostly peaked at elevations higher than 3,000 feet, spot color continues to pop throughout the High Country. Photo...

Linville Falls Visitor Center

Fall meets falls at the Linville Falls Visitor Center, located near Milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Autumn colors continue to thrive at elevations near and below 3,000 feet. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld,...

Highway 221

Fall color cruises along U.S. 221 near Linville. According to experts, colors are just past peak at elevations of 3,000 feet and above. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation    

Table Rock

Fall color is served on Table Rock near the Linville Gorge, in this photo taken last week. While wind and rain brought down many leaves over the weekend, experts are happy to report there's a...

Grandfather Mountain Ash

Ever-distinctive mountain ash berries shine bright red atop Grandfather Mountain. With fall color at its peak in the High Country, Grandfather Mountain is expecting a busy weekend. To beat the lines and avoid a wait, guests are encouraged to...

Top Shop

Huckleberries, pinkshell azalea and withrod glow bright in the sunrise near Grandfather Mountain's Top Shop. With colors peaking at high elevations, those visiting Grandfather Mountain can expect heavy traffic throughout the High Country. To beat the...

Linville Gorge

Autumn foliage climbs its way up the Linville Gorge. Experts believe fall color is currently peaking at higher elevations and will continue to do so throughout the weekend. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Linn Cove Viaduct

Early morning light on Thursday brightened the roadside foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct on Grandfather Mountain. Autumn color is now at peak in many parts of the North Carolina High Country...

Blue Ridge Parkway

Vibrant oranges, yellows and golds lead the way to Grandfather Mountain along the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to experts, warm temperatures this week could slow down leaf color development, potentially prolonging peak color through the weekend. Photo by...

Grandmother Mountain

Fall color embraces the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the boulders at neighboring Grandmother Mountain. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, color should peak at...

Linn Cove Viaduct

Autumn colors have been a bit late arriving in the North Carolina High Country this year, but the foliage show is beginning to get dramatic. This photograph taken Monday from the Blue Ridge Parkway shows...

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain's Linville Bluffs looks down upon the fall color below. Throughout autumn, Grandfather Mountain's high elevation allows visitors to practically see the season in its entirety, as color change rolls through the valleys below. But since...

MacRae Meadows

Maple leaves catch up with their color-changing cohorts at Grandfather Mountain's MacRae Meadows. As peak color begins to arrive at higher elevations, and with several fall festivals taking place this weekend, those visiting Grandfather Mountain can...

Parkway View of Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Mountain and vibrant fall color burst into view around a bend on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Despite Friday morning's fog, cool weather and abundant sunshine throughout the week have stimulated leaf color development, and experts are anticipating...

Stack Rock Bridge

Fall color is speeding up along the Blue Ridge Parkway, illustrated by some bright reds, yellows and oranges at the Stack Rock Bridge. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at...

Linville River

A brilliant blue sky mingles with autumn gold in a reflection on the Linville River. Color is bursting in Linville, and experts believe peak color will reach Grandfather Mountain by this coming weekend. Photo by Skip...

MacRae Meadows

Sunshine beams through brilliant foliage in Grandfather Mountain's MacRae Meadows. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, peak color will likely arrive at Grandfather Mountain and other high-elevation locales this coming weekend....

Boone Fork

Fall foliage flows along the Boone Fork Trail, located at Milepost 296.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dr. Howard Neufeld, "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, reports that, despite the slow start, colors are...

Woods Walk Trail

A colorful medley of American beech, aster and fern decorate Grandfather Mountain's Woods Walk Trail. While experts believe this weekend and the next will bookend peak color season, fall color could extend into the third week of...

Woods Walk & Picnic Area

Autumn foliage complements the lush scenery at Grandfather Mountain's Woods Walk & Picnic Area. This weekend, visitors to the mountain can expect to see some colorful maples, sourwoods, azaleas, huckleberries and hobblebush that are crimson red...

Rough Ridge

Fall foliage smooths out the color palette at Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 302.8). According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, "Fall Color Guy" and biology professor at Appalachian State University, this weekend should be a...

Half Moon

Shrouded in morning fog, Grandfather Mountain's iconic peaks begin to show the signs of autumn. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, fall color is still slowly progressing and not...

Linville Maple

A red maple turns bright crimson in the town of Linville, N.C. Although much of this year's fall color has yet to arrive, experts believe it could peak next week. Meanwhile, areas above the Blue Ridge Parkway,...

Mountain Ash on Switchbacks

Mountain ash creates a fiery contrast with huckleberry and azalea bushes on the switchbacks up to Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, color progression has...

Beacon Heights

The sun rises on Beacon Heights (MP 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), as autumn foliage complements the hues of dawn. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, fall color expert and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, this coming week could...

Virginia Creeper on U.S. 221

Virginia creeper assumes the hues of autumn, as it crawls along a bridge on U.S. 221 near Grandfather Mountain. Each day, the drive to Grandfather becomes ever more colorful, although the mountain's western slopes have already...

Red Maple Near Rough Ridge

Red maple beings to show its true color near Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 302.8). This is typical of the parkway's dry, high-elevation ridges, many of which are the first to exhibit signs...

Woods Walk

A young buck pauses among white wood aster and goldenrod near Grandfather Mountain's Woods Walk, as a red maple above begins to contradict its name. Fall color continues to be most prevalent between altitudes of 5,000...

Blue Ridge Parkway

While more prevalent at elevations higher than 5,000 feet, fall color is rapidly spreading through the 4,000-foot range, as this scene near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct demonstrates. As autumn continues its march, higher...