Fall color begins its descent from the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain, past the Linn Cove Viaduct and into the valleys below. While color has peaked in certain areas near the viaduct and on the Blue Ridge Parkway, green can still be seen at lower elevations, meaning visitors to Grandfather Mountain can watch the season unfold from a mile-high vantage point.

This coming weekend is expected to be a busy one, with not only fall color traffic, but also thousands of visitors in the area for the annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk Oct. 19-20 and the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis Oct. 19. As such, heavy traffic can be expected on N.C. 105. As this is also one of Grandfather Mountain’s busiest weekends of the year, those planning to visit are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at www.grandfather.com, which allows guests to bypass the line at the park’s main entrance gate through a side entrance in MacRae Meadows.

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation