Mountain ridgelines are now boasting the most widespread fall color in the NC High Country. This photo, with Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge and Top Shop in the distance, was taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Milepost 303. (Photo by Skip Sickler)
The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather Mountain State Park are not affected by the national government shutdown and remain open to visitors. While facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed, the road remains open and is already becoming a great place to see fall color, especially between Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock, NC.