Fall color is in full swing along the High Country stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, as demonstrated in this photo taken near the Linn Cove Viaduct. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University professor of biology and “Fall Color Guy,” last year’s colors peaked in the Boone/Blowing Rock area around Oct. 20, and this year’s pattern seems to be on the same track — meaning leaf-lookers might expect brilliant color over the next couple of weekends and the week in between.

Grandfather Mountain offers a spectacular vantage point to see the seasonal color spreading through the lower elevations and valleys below. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation