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Spotty color is popping along the Linville River near Linville Falls.  This photo was taken from a Blue Ridge Parkway bridge at milepost 316.5.  (Photo by Skip Sickler)

The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather Mountain State Park  are not affected by the national government shutdown and remain open to visitors.  While facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed, the road remains open and is already becoming a great place to see fall color.  The Linville Falls visitor center is not open but visitors are still able to access the falls.