Fall color peeks through at Linville Peak, just across Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. A sign of cool weather, blueberry bushes turn a vibrant red, with sassafras and sedge grass adding some golden hues to the fall fray. Linville Peak sits at 5,295 feet above sea level, offering visitors a spectacular vista of autumn in the High Country.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Spectators will notice considerable color change on the mountain’s heath balds, areas typically found along narrow ridges and mountain crests with thin, shallow soil.