Autumnal brilliance blankets a vista seen from the bridge near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Green Mountain Overlook (milepost 300.6). According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and the WNC High Country’s official “Fall Color Guy,” the High Country is now slightly past peak, and although recent rain took down some leaves, colors are still bursting “and should be for a few more days.” Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

The sun rises on a cool autumn morning, as fall color brightens the scenery near Pilot Ridge Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 301.8). Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation