Fall color is on the rise near Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. Many trees are nearing peak color at higher elevations, and this week’s forecast of cooler temperatures could help accelerate the process at lower elevations. Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University professor of biology and “Fall Color Guy,” predicts that colors will start popping toward the end of the first week of October and peaking in mid-October in the Boone and Blowing Rock area. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation