This photo of the Grandfather Mountain ridgeline as seen from NC 105 illustrates that the pattern of beautiful autumn weather continues today.  After a steady breeze this weekend, most leaves above 4,000 feet have fallen.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)

The higher elevations in the area like Grandfather Mountain, Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain are now great vantage points to look down at the spectacular fall color below.  The view from US 421, just south of Boone and near Deep Gap, is a particularly beautiful route right now.