Fallen leaves gather on a mushroom-ridden log near Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) At the highest elevations in western North Carolina, visitors are increasingly finding the most beautifully colored leaves cascading toward the ground.

As Halloween approaches in the High Country, Grandfather Mountain will celebrate its Beary Scary Halloween festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event offers a full day of nature programs about creepy, crawly critters, Halloween-themed crafts, animal enrichments and trick-or-treating, all included with park admission. Kids in costume enter the park for half price.