Fall color descends from the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Lost Cove Cliffs. Experts report that leaves are currently peaking in color at 3,000 feet and below.

Meanwhile, the distinctive profiles of Table Rock and Hawksbill rise behind some fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and WNC’s official “Fall Color Guy,” peak color has passed from locations higher than 3,500 feet, although much color can still be found along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation