Fall color stretches along Grandfather Mountain’s iconic profile, as viewed from the nearby town of Seven Devils. A recent bout of warm weather seems to have slowed the color progression, meaning vibrant colors are still abundant at the WNC High Country’s higher elevations, such as Grandfather Mountain. With cooler weather on the way this weekend, experts believe the color change could potentially reach peak by the middle of next week.

“A cold front is supposed to move in next weekend, which should get things going,” said Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and the WNC High Country’s official Fall Color Guy. “Meanwhile, this week will be sunny, with no rain, so a good time to visit.”

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation