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Fall color bursts into the lush greenery near Stack Rock Creek on the Blue Ridge Parkway, bringing a brilliant reprieve for an otherwise gray, rainy day. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

With elevations above 4,000 feet, Grandfather Mountain and portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are offering some of the most colorful views of the season so far. For those undeterred by rain, cloud and fog, a particularly vibrant stretch of color can be seen on the Parkway from Julian Price Park (milepost 295) to Beacon Heights (milepost 305).