Morning fog lifts to reveal shades of autumn color on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Price Park Picnic Area at milepost 296.5. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

The advent of October in the mountains brings a flurry of activity, including the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival today in North Wilkesboro and Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month, with more activities to come later this season.