Grandmother Mountain

Grandmother Mountain

The view from nearby Grandmother Mountain sees Grandfather Mountain draped in fall colors. While Grandfather Mountain’s leaves peaked last week and this past weekend, the…

Reflections on Price Lake

Reflections on Price Lake

Fall color reflects on Price Lake, located along the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 296.7) near Blowing Rock. While this past weekend’s high winds cleared many…

Linn Cove Viaduct

Linn Cove Viaduct

Fall color begins its descent from the higher elevations of Grandfather Mountain, past the Linn Cove Viaduct and into the valleys below. While color has…

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

The fall color change continues to progress in the higher-elevation areas of the Western North Carolina High Country, including sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway….

Pasture

Pasture

Fall color graces the treetops surrounding a pasture near Banner Elk. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and official…

Special Events

Special Events

Plan to enjoy one of our special or daily events during your visit to Grandfather Mountain!Scroll through the exciting list below to locate the events…

Green Mountain Creek

Green Mountain Creek

Golden leaves add seasonal color along Green Mountain Creek, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Virtual Blue Ridge, views from the Green Mountain…

Price Lake

Price Lake

Fall foliage adds a spot of brightness to a rainy day on Price Lake, located at Milepost 296.7 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although many…

Rime Ice

Rime Ice

Rime ice shrouds Grandfather Mountain’s lofty peaks, as brilliant fall foliage blankets the slopes below. The morning of Thursday, Oct. 17, was particularly chilly atop…

Stack Rock Creek

Stack Rock Creek

Fall color begins to burst near Stack Rock Creek, near milepost 304 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although much of the High Country remains green,…

Hours and Rates

Hours and Rates

2020 Park Admission (Access via automobile through Entrance Gate) Phone: 828-733-4337 (Gate) 800-468-7325 (Office) Adult 13-59 $22 Senior 60+ $20 Child 4-12 $9 Children under 4…

Hwy. 221 Overlook

Hwy. 221 Overlook

An overlook off of scenic U.S. Hwy. 221 showcases fall splendor in the High Country. With much of the High Country past peak, Grandfather Mountain’s…

U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

U.S. 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway

Framed by bursting fall color, a typically calm waterfall near the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 305) surges after Thursday’s…

Parkway and 221

Parkway and 221

Stray leaves and reflected pinpoints of sunshine create a dazzling galaxy in a pool of water near the Blue Ridge Parkway/U.S. 221 intersection, leading toward…

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall color becomes ever more prevalent in the WNC High Country’s higher elevations, as seen from the parking lot of Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville….

U.S. 221

U.S. 221

Fall color begins to spread through the High Country’s lower elevations, as seen at this pull-off from U.S. Hwy. 221. The highway runs near the…

Mill Pond

Mill Pond

Fall color brings autumnal brilliance to the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, near Lees-MacRae College. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College

Fall color bursts into view near a dam at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk. And there should still be more to come, as the color…

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Cannon Memorial Hospital

Fall colors frame the view of Grandfather Mountain from Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. Although the High Country’s higher elevations are mostly bereft of leaves,…

Parkway Sunrise

Parkway Sunrise

The rising sun casts its morning glow, as fall color spreads along the slopes of Grandfather Mountain. Pictured here is the curve near Rough Ridge…

Linn Cove Area

Linn Cove Area

Foliage near the Linn Cove Viaduct area of the Blue Ridge Parkway assumes its autumn hues, as fall color continues to spread through the Western…

Near Beacon Heights

Near Beacon Heights

Fall color continues its downward trek into lower elevations, as seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Beacon Heights. Photo by Skip Sickler |…

Linville River

Linville River

Fall foliage adds a colorful contrast to the Linville River in Linville, near the base of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain…

Viaduct at Sunset

Viaduct at Sunset

A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the autumn palette. As the sun rises on Saturday,…

Seven Devils

Seven Devils

Autumn splendor embraces Grandfather Mountain, as seen from the nearby town of Seven Devils. Fall color continues to shine in certain areas of the High…

Bridge Trail

Bridge Trail

Fall color surrounds the trailhead for Grandfather Mountain’s Bridge Trail in this Oct. 2 photo. The Bridge Trail offers a short 0.4-mile, uphill hike to…

Linville Bluffs

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain’s fall color offers a striking contrast with the fog surrounding Linville Peak, as seen from the park’s Linville Bluffs picnic area. Although it’s…

Snowy Autumn

Snowy Autumn

Come the morning of Nov. 1, Grandfather Mountain saw a different type of fall color. Halloween brought tricks rather than treats, with a cold front…