Fall color surrounds a footbridge over the Linville River, heading toward Linville Falls. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Western North Carolina’s esteemed “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “If you still haven’t come up to see the fall colors, this week would be good, as well as next weekend, although the colors will be lower down and not so much on the (Blue Ridge) Parkway or in Boone or Blowing Rock.” After next weekend, Neufeld predicts fall color will all be below 3,000 feet in elevation, meaning they’ll be visible from higher locations, including Grandfather Mountain and overlooks on the Parkway.

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation