Fall foliage smooths out the color palette at Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 302.8). According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and biology professor at Appalachian State University, this weekend should be a prime time to visit the higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with this weekend and the next bookending the peak color season. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation