While fall color hasn’t quite peaked yet in the North Carolina High Country, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge offers some peak viewing — literally. Crossing the bridge to Linville Peak, guests will notice the high-elevation plant and tree life in full fall swing. (Photo by Frank Ruggiero)

The 228-foot suspension bridge spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation. Surveys show that the journey to the other side is always considered the highlight of a trip to Grandfather Mountain.