Autumn casts a colorful reflection on Grandfather Lake, as fog shrouds Grandfather Mountain above. Much of the foliage on the mountain is at or near peak color, with leaves also changing at lower elevations.

According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University professor of biology professor and “Fall Color Guy,” most of the leaves in the High Country were spared from the remnants of Hurricane Nate, with plenty left to still develop color. As such, leaf-lookers can expect a picturesque weekend, with ample color to be seen the following week and beyond. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation