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Maple leaves catch up with their color-changing cohorts at Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. As peak color begins to arrive at higher elevations, and with several fall festivals taking place this weekend, those visiting Grandfather Mountain can expect heavy traffic throughout the High Country. To beat the lines and avoid the wait at Grandfather Mountain, guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at https://goo.gl/H4iLBm. Online tickets grant visitors access to a priority lane, which allows them to enter the park through a side entrance. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation