2017

Giving Tuesday at Grandfather Mountain

By simply visiting Grandfather Mountain, you’ve already helped in our mission of inspiring conservation of the natural world, while ensuring the mountain itself will be...

Holidays bring discounts, shopping and more to Grandfather Mountain

With winter on the way, Grandfather Mountain is decking its halls — and hills — for the holidays. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season...

Grandfather Mountain rings in the holidays

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Grandfather Mountain officially rang in the holiday season with a special delivery — a 12-foot Fraser fir Christmas tree, donated by...

Chetola Resort Festival of Lights provides holiday cheer through January

BLOWING ROCK, N.C. — Chetola Resort once again greets the holidays with its drive-through tour of the Festival of Lights. The free display includes close...

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Parkway and 221

Stray leaves and reflected pinpoints of sunshine create a dazzling galaxy in a pool of water near the Blue Ridge Parkway/U.S. 221 intersection, leading toward Grandfather Mountain. This entry marks the last in Grandfather Mountain's...

Milkweed

A milkweed plant in nearby Pineola assumes its autumnal form. The plant is named for its milky sap and is a favorite among monarch caterpillars, which feed exclusively on its leaves. Photo by Skip Sickler |...

Linville River

Fall color frames the Linville River, this section located in Grandfather Mountain's hometown of Linville. Those looking for Halloween fun this weekend are encouraged to visit Grandfather Mountain for the park's annual A Beary Scary...

Hwy. 221 Overlook

An overlook off of scenic U.S. Hwy. 221 showcases fall splendor in the High Country. With much of the High Country past peak, Grandfather Mountain's mile-high overlooks offer a prime vantage point to see fall...

Stack Rock View

Stack Rock Creek takes a dip through fall foliage along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Colors are still vibrant at some of the High Country's higher elevations, as the changing of the leaves progresses further down...

Stack Rock & 221

Colorfully crisp fall foliage lines the ridge between Stack Rock (Milepost 308.4) and the U.S. 221 exit on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway-facing side of Grandfather Mountain continues to be a prime spot for...

Linville River Bridge

Golden leaves cross the Linville River Bridge, located near Milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Despite Monday's torrential rainfall, many trees seem to have retained their leaves, meaning fall color is still shining and...

Price Lake

Fall foliage adds a spot of brightness to a rainy day on Price Lake, located at Milepost 296.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although many leaves have fallen at higher elevations, colors continue to burst...

Green Mountain Creek

Golden leaves add seasonal color along Green Mountain Creek, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Virtual Blue Ridge, views from the Green Mountain Overlook (Milepost 300.6) are more stunning in fall and winter...

MacRae Meadows Picnic Area

Sunshine beams through golden leaves in the picnic area of Grandfather Mountain's MacRae Meadows. Those visiting Grandfather Mountain this weekend for fall color are encouraged to skip the line by buying their tickets online, which...

Over MacRae Meadows

Fall color descends the slopes of Grandfather Mountain into the forests and valleys below. According to experts, since many trees at lower elevations are still mostly green, leaf-lookers can expect to see color change continue...

U.S. 221

Fall color begins to spread through the High Country's lower elevations, as seen at this pull-off from U.S. Hwy. 221. The highway runs near the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers dramatic vistas of the mountains...

MacRae Meadows

Golden leaves complement the sunshine in Grandfather Mountain's MacRae Meadows, with the mountain itself creating a stunning seasonal backdrop. During summertime, the meadows are draped in a different color — plaid. MacRae Meadows is the...

Boone Fork Creek

Seasonal color sits along the banks of Boone Fork Creek. The creek and its bridge — part of the popular Tanawha Trail — can be accessed from milepost 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The...

Grandmother Mountain

The view from nearby Grandmother Mountain sees Grandfather Mountain draped in fall colors. While Grandfather Mountain's leaves peaked last week and this past weekend, the mountain's mile-high elevation offers a stunning viewpoint to see the...

Parkway Boulder

Fall color is in full swing along the High Country stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, as demonstrated in this photo taken near the Linn Cove Viaduct. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University...

Raccoon

A raccoon enjoys some mountain ash berries at Grandfather Mountain's Half Moon Overlook. Mountain ash leaves may be either green, dull red or rich yellow, while their clusters of fruit remain bright red well into the...

St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church

Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak peeks out from the clouds, as seen from St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church in Linville, N.C. Those visiting Grandfather Mountain this weekend can expect peak colors on the mountain and vibrant...

Grandfather Lake

Autumn casts a colorful reflection on Grandfather Lake, as fog shrouds Grandfather Mountain above. Much of the foliage on the mountain is at or near peak color, with leaves also changing at lower elevations. According...

Atop Sphinx Rock

Fall color brightens the drive up Grandfather Mountain's main road, as pictured from atop the park's Sphinx Rock boulder. Most of the mountain's foliage is now at peak, and experts are anticipating a most colorful...

Half Moon Overlook

Autumn is bursting with color at Grandfather Mountain's Half Moon Overlook. Most of the foliage on Grandfather is near or at peak, with foliage in the surrounding valleys beginning to follow suit. As such, visitors...

Camp Yonahnoka

Fall colors and Grandfather Mountain cast their reflections in the lake at Camp Yonahnoka, located just south of Grandfather Mountain in Linville. Fall colors are near or at peak on the mountain, while foliage in...

Witch-Hazel

Witch-hazel embraces the season near Grandfather Mountain's Nature Museum. Despite its spooky-sounding name, the plant is far from scary. The term, "witch," is derived from an Old English term for "flexible," and the plant itself...

Near the Habitats

Fall color brightens the landscape around Grandfather Mountain's environmental wildlife habitats. Environmental habitats are large enclosures that allow visitors to see animals in natural settings. Unlike the exhibits found in many zoos that bring in plants...

Linville River

Golden leaves reflect off the Linville River in Linville, N.C., the town Grandfather Mountain calls home. From there, the river winds its way through scenic Linville Falls and the famous Linville Gorge, known as the...

Bass Lake

Bass Lake in Blowing Rock grows even more picturesque, as fall color begins to brighten the landscape. Located off U.S. 221 near Blowing Rock, a short drive from Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 294.6, the lake...

Toe River

Golden leaves brighten the landscape surrounding the Toe River in Newland. With temperatures fluctuating between warm and cool, fall color has exhibited an irregular pattern this year, with colors stalling during warmer weather and resuming...

Black Rock Parking Lot

Fall color enhances the vista from Grandfather Mountain's Black Rock parking area. Although leaves are gradually changing at higher elevations, an abundance of green fills the valleys below. A forecast for warmer weather by the...

Mile High Swinging Bridge

Fall color is on the rise near Grandfather Mountain's Mile High Swinging Bridge. Many trees are nearing peak color at higher elevations, and this week's forecast of cooler temperatures could help accelerate the process at...

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper sneaks into autumn, as seen from a Blue Ridge Parkway overpass over U.S. 221 near Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation