2019

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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Farewell to Fall

Today marks the last day of entries for Grandfather Mountain's 2019 Fall Color Gallery. Fall color in the Western North Carolina High Country is officially past peak, with recent high winds and heavy rain having...

Linville River at Linville Falls

The Linville River rushes past fallen leaves at Linville Falls, located at milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. While the high winds from last Thursday blew away many leaves in the High Country, fall...

Price Lake

Fallen leaves decorate the shores of Price Lake, located in Julian Price Park (milepost 297) near Blowing Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although Halloween's high winds blew many leaves from their branches, high-elevation vantage...

Snowy Autumn

Come the morning of Nov. 1, Grandfather Mountain saw a different type of fall color. Halloween brought tricks rather than treats, with a cold front doling out a dusting of snow, 18-degree temperatures and wind...

Wilson Creek & Lost Cove Cliffs

Gold and orange fall foliage lights up the banks along Wilson Creek, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Despite this week's wind and rain, there's...

Linville Falls

Autumn color flows through Linville Falls, as wet weather arrives in the WNC High Country. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and official "Fall Color Guy," although the area is slightly...

Green Mountain Overlook Bridge & Parkway Sunrise

Autumnal brilliance blankets a vista seen from the bridge near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Green Mountain Overlook (milepost 300.6). According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and the WNC High Country's official...

Charlotte Skyline

The Charlotte skyline rises on the horizon some 80 miles away as the crow flies, while fall color dominates the foreground in this view from Pilot Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 301.8)....

Elk River

Having traded its branch for a rock, a lone maple leaf holds fast, as the Elk River courses by. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation  

Mill Pond

Fall color brings autumnal brilliance to the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, near Lees-MacRae College. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

MacRae Meadows & Camp Yonahnoka

Fall color lights up MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 24. Foliage is currently peaking in many locations on Grandfather Mountain, with brilliant colors even beginning to...

Near Beacon Heights

Fall color continues its downward trek into lower elevations, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Beacon Heights. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation  

Flat Rock Overlook

Tuesday's sunset cast the viewscape at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Flat Rock Overlook ablaze with autumn light and fall color, which continues to spread downward from the High Country's loftier elevations. According to Dr. Howie...

Linville River

Fall foliage adds a colorful contrast to the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Linville Falls Bridge & Rough Ridge Rainbow

Typically, this Linville Falls visitor's center bridge leads to the eponymous Linville Falls. During autumn, it leads to brilliant fall foliage. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation Fall color takes on another...

Woods Walk & Picnic Area

Grandfather Mountain's Woods Walk & Picnic Area is aglow with golden foliage in this photo taken Thursday, Oct. 17. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Linville River

Fall color flows along the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Today is looking to be one of the busiest days of the year in the WNC High Country, with the...

Linn Cove Viaduct

Fall color begins its descent from the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain, past the Linn Cove Viaduct and into the valleys below. While color has peaked in certain areas near the viaduct and on the...

Rime Ice

Rime ice shrouds Grandfather Mountain's lofty peaks, as brilliant fall foliage blankets the slopes below. The morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, was particularly chilly atop Grandfather Mountain, with temperatures in the 20s and a windchill...

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall color becomes ever more prevalent in the WNC High Country's higher elevations, as seen from the parking lot of Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. The higher elevations along certain areas of Grandfather Mountain and...

Near Top Shop

Those hoping to catch fall color often look up, taking in the brilliant hues from towering trees. Plenty of color can be found by looking down, however, as numerous bushes, shrubs and plants break out...

Peaks & Bridge

Grandfather Mountain's lofty peaks are framed by fall foliage in MacRae Meadows, located at the mountain's base. The park has seen considerable color development just over the weekend, and Appalachian State University biologist and "Fall...

Linville Land Harbor

Golden leaves cast a glimmering reflection in the lake at Linville Land Harbor, as fall foliage continues to develop in the WNC High Country. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Stack Rock

Morning fog accentuates the fall color near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen this past Thursday, Oct. 10. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Blue Ridge Parkway

The fall color change continues to progress in the higher-elevation areas of the Western North Carolina High Country, including sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pictured here is the parkway bridge near Stack Rock (around...

Pineola Sugar Maples

Sugar maples in nearby Pineola turn to gold, as autumn continues its slow and steady march through the WNC High Country. Experts estimate the foliage change to be about a week behind, due to the...

Pasture

Fall color graces the treetops surrounding a pasture near Banner Elk. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and official WNC Fall Color Guy, the recent bout of warm weather...

Boone Fork Creek

Golden hues weave their way into the otherwise green landscape at Boone Fork Creek, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near the base of Grandfather Mountain. At roughly 4,000 feet above sea level, the Boone...

Rough Ridge

Bursts of fall color offer a striking contrast with the fog, as seen this past Saturday at Rough Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Recent cooler temperatures and some precipitation should lead to more prominent...

Bridge Trail

Fall color surrounds the trailhead for Grandfather Mountain's Bridge Trail in this Oct. 2 photo. The Bridge Trail offers a short 0.4-mile, uphill hike to the park's Top Shop, crossing under the Mile High Swinging...