As fall color continues to grace Grandfather Mountain, the nonprofit nature park has extended its Fall Color Ramble guided walks.
Fall Color Rambles are brief, easygoing, guided strolls through the mountain’s most colorful locations. Led by members of the park’s naturalist staff, the rambles give guests an opportunity to learn more about color change and explore the species of plants and trees native to Grandfather Mountain.
The rambles were originally scheduled to conclude Oct. 10, but the park’s education team opted to extend the popular offering “as long as there’s enough fall color to be seen,” said Lauren Farrell, interpretation and education programs coordinator for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Linville, N.C., nature park.
“The fall colors in the Southeast are exceptionally spectacular because of the diversity of species that change color,” Farrell added. “It’s definitely one of my favorite times on the mountain.”
The walks — free with admission — will be offered daily at 2 p.m., weather permitting, as long as fall color persists. Since the starting location will vary day to day based on the foliage, guests are asked to inquire at the park’s Entrance Gate or Nature Museum upon arrival. As such, every ramble promises to be unique.
“The view is different every day,” Grandfather Mountain education specialist Cassie Petrilla said. “One day, a tree will be this color, and the next it’ll be completely different. It really keeps you on your toes.”
Those unable to attend a ramble needn’t worry. All throughout October and possibly beyond, the mountain will offer an ample display of fall color — even after the local leaves have peaked, as the park’s elevation allows guests to see the season unfold through the valleys below.
In addition to the programs offered inside the park in October, fresh fall color photos are posted throughout the month on the mountain’s website and social media, including Facebook, Twitter (@GrandfatherMtn) and Instagram (@grandfathermtn). When sharing their own photos online, guests are encouraged to use the #GrandfatherMtn hashtag for a chance to be featured in a future post.
The nonprofit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain. For more information, call 800-468-7325, or click here to book a trip.