Golden leaves add seasonal color along Green Mountain Creek, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Virtual Blue Ridge, views from the Green Mountain Overlook (Milepost 300.6) are more stunning in fall and winter than they are during summertime, when growth is abundant.

Although fall color has peaked at higher elevations, the next couple of weeks should afford leaf-lookers ample opportunity to see color change in the High Country’s lower elevations, with Grandfather Mountain offering an ideal vantage point to witness the season unfolding. Those visiting Grandfather Mountain this weekend are encouraged to skip the line by buying their tickets online, which allows guests to enter the park via a side entrance. To learn more, visit Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation