Vibrant red foliage helps frame a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as seen during the evening hours of Oct. 5 from the Split Rock area on Grandfather Mountain.

The Oct. 5 sunset complements fall color on Grandfather Mountain, as well as dapples of foliage on neighboring Grandmother Mountain (pictured). According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and Western North Carolina’s official “Fall Color Guy,” native trees along the Blue Ridge Parkway are seeing some strong color, while Grandfather Mountain’s eastern flank is well along in color development and may peak within the next 10 days.

“It is still mostly green along the majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but trees have begun turning in many places,” Neufeld said. “Color will continue to get better over the next two weeks.”

Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation