Although leaves in many high-elevation areas have reached their peak, the autumn colors at Grandfather Mountain and MacRae Meadows are still in fine form. (Photo by Jim Morton)

The Boone and Blowing Rock areas will offer some prime fall color this weekend, although many leaf-lookers will flock to Banner Elk and Valle Crucis for two of the High Country’s hallmark autumn events — the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk Oct. 17-18 and the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis Oct. 17.