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Horses and riders take a break at Moses Cone Park just south of Blowing Rock.  The Park can be accessed from the Blue Ridge Parkway or from the Bass Lake area on US 221.  Today is expected to be a chilly day with temperatures only reaching the 50s but the hillsides and long range views are spectacular with fall foliage.  (Photo by Monty Combs)

This weekend will be the widespread peak for the areas surrounding Grandfather Mountain.  Grandfather’s highest elevations are past peak but the Mountain still remains beautiful.  There are a lot of great fall events this weekend in the region including the Todd New River Festival on Saturday, the Boone Heritage Festival on Saturday and Oktoberfest at Sugar Mountain Resort all weekend.