Fall color brightens the landscape around Grandfather Mountain’s environmental wildlife habitats. Environmental habitats are large enclosures that allow visitors to see animals in natural settings. Unlike the exhibits found in many zoos that bring in plants and boulders to recreate an appropriate setting, these enclosures were built around the animals’ actual native habitat. Grandfather Mountain’s habitats are currently home to black bears, cougars, bald eagles and river otters, with elk coming soon. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation