2018

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...

Categories

Tags

Filter

Filter Posts

Categories

Tags

Filter

Fall Photo Finale

Today's photo, taken from nearby Blowing Rock, marks the last in Grandfather Mountain's 2018 Fall Color Gallery. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and WNC's esteemed "Fall Color Guy,"...

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils. Fall color continues to shine in certain areas of the High Country, with vibrant bursts to be seen in Boone, Blowing...

Linville River

Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina's esteemed "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, "If you...

Duggers Creek Falls

Fallen leaves adorn the rocks at Duggers Creek Falls, a little — and littler-known — waterfall tucked away near the iconic Linville Falls (MP 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Located near the Linville Falls...

Blue Ridge Parkway

Although many trees have shed their leaves within the High Country's higher elevations, others at lower elevations are still sporting a little green, as seen in this photo taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near...

Big Lost Cove Cliffs

Pictured this past Thursday, fall color is in full splendor at Big Lost Cove Cliffs near Linville, just north of the Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook (MP 310) on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This particular view...

Lees-McRae College

Fall color bursts into view near a dam at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. And there should still be more to come, as the color change progresses through lower elevations in the High Country and...

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall colors frame the view of Grandfather Mountain from Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. Although the High Country's higher elevations are mostly bereft of leaves, color can still be found in various lower-elevation locations throughout...

Calloway Peak Overlook

Fall color finds its way down the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen from the View Calloway Peak Overlook at Milepost 299.7. While last Saturday's high winds saw much of the higher-elevation foliage blow away, there's...

Reflections on Price Lake

Fall color reflects on Price Lake, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 296.7) near Blowing Rock. While this past weekend's high winds cleared many a leaf from higher elevations, mid- to lower elevations are...

Linn Cove Area

Foliage near the Linn Cove Viaduct area of the Blue Ridge Parkway assumes its autumn hues, as fall color continues to spread through the Western North Carolina High Country. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather...

Viaduct at Sunset

A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the autumn palette. As the sun rises on Saturday, Oct. 20, it'll greet one of the High Country's busiest...

Linn Cove Viaduct

The Linn Cove Viaduct remains one of the most popular vantage points from which to take in the High Country's autumn splendor. Fall color is exploding around this particular area of the Blue Ridge Parkway...

View from Top Shop

Cool, clear days and nights have jump-started fall color in the High Country, as demonstrated by this view of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Grandfather Mountain's Top Shop. Experts believe his coming weekend could offer...

Boone Fork Bridge

Golden autumn hues frame the Boone Fork Bridge, located near mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the bridge itself is still closed due to flood damage from this past spring, the Boone Fork...

MacRae Meadows

A herd of deer forages in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Cooler temperatures in the Western North Carolina High Country seem to have jump-started the fall color change at higher elevations, while...

Rough Ridge

Rough Ridge is an exceptionally popular spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and as one of the most colorful spots during autumn, it's easy to see why. With access located at Milepost 302.8, this particular...

Woods Walk 2

Grandfather Mountain's Woods & Walk Picnic Area is starting to show off the colors of the season. According to experts, a forecast of cool weather means the Western North Carolina High Country could start seeing...

Split Rock

Fall color comes to Grandfather Mountain's iconic Split Rock. Today, Oct. 13, the park will host its Fall Color Ramble, featuring guided hikes through fall foliage, presentations from fall color experts, hands-on activities for guests of...

U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

Framed by bursting fall color, a typically calm waterfall near the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 305) surges after Thursday's heavy rains from Hurricane Michael. This season's slow progression in...

Cold Prong

Fall color continues its slow, but steady, progression through the High Country, seen here at Cold Prong Overlook, located at Milepost 299 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The overlook features a trailhead that takes hikers...

Stack Rock

Rain and fog clear for a moment of autumn brilliance near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 304.8). With cold fronts expected to pass through the East Coast early next week, experts are...

Price Lake

Fog clears over Price Lake to showcase reflections of fall color. The leaf change is still progressing slowly, but next week's forecast calls for much cooler weather with bright days and cold nights, the combination...

Stack Rock Creek

Fall color begins to burst near Stack Rock Creek, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although much of the High Country remains green, isolated ridges along the Parkway are starting to showcase autumn's...

Woods Walk Hike

Autumn is an ideal time for a hike at Grandfather Mountain — cooler temperatures, crisp air and the kaleidoscopic changing of the leaves. Grandfather offers hikes for visitors of all skill levels, from beginners to...

Virgin’s Bower

Pictured above, virgin's bower is a vine of many names — wild hops, devil's hair, woodbine, love vine and traveler's joy. Whatever you choose to call it, visitors to Grandfather Mountain can see the plant's...

Slow & Steady

An eastern box turtle makes its way across Grandfather Mountain's main road, near the park's covered picnic shelter and Nature Museum. Slow and steady seems to be the theme this year, as fall color continues...

Woods Walk Picnic Area

Picnics are in season at Grandfather Mountain, as fall colors cast an autumnal glow in the park's Woods Walk Picnic Area. With the continuing warm weather, the color change is off to a slow start,...

Road to the Top

Green turns to gold on the straightaway leading toward Grandfather Mountain's famous switchbacks up to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and North Carolina's...

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain's fall color offers a striking contrast with the fog surrounding Linville Peak, as seen from the park's Linville Bluffs picnic area. Although it's been slower to arrive than usual, autumn foliage is beginning...