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 leaves have fallen at higher elevations, colors continue to burst around Grandfather Mountain, particularly on the east side facing the Parkway.

According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and “Fall Color Guy,” higher-elevation areas along the Parkway are now past peak, but colors should persist through next weekend, especially at lower elevations, weather permitting. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation