Vibrant fall color stretches along U.S. 221 toward Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct. Fog and drizzle can make for ideal leaf-looking conditions, causing colors to “pop” and appear naturally saturated.

Fall color frames a waterfall off U.S. 221.

Fall color beams through the fog along the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and Western North Carolina’s official “Fall Color Guy,” colors are peaking now on the Blue Ridge Parkway at elevations of 4,000 feet and above.

Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation