Fall color flows along the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Today is looking to be one of the busiest days of the year in the WNC High Country, with the Valle Country Fair taking place in Valle Crucis Oct. 19 and Banner Elk’s annual Woolly Worm Festival running Oct. 19-20, meaning leaf-lookers and other drivers can expect heavy traffic on N.C. 105. Those planning to visit Grandfather Mountain are encouraged to purchase tickets online at www.grandfather.com, which allows folks to bypass a portion of the park’s entrance gate line through a side entrance at MacRae Meadows. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation