Bursts of fall color offer a striking contrast with the fog, as seen this past Saturday at Rough Ridge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Recent cooler temperatures and some precipitation should lead to more prominent colors in the coming days. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, professor of biology at Appalachian State University and the WNC High Country’s official “Fall Color Guy,” “Colors are starting in isolated locations. The ridges below Stack Rock, on the east flank of Grandfather Mountain, are showing some nice color development, but are not yet at peak color. The same can be said for the northwest slopes below Elk Knob, north of Boone. So, in summary, colors are starting, but I think we’ll be about five days later than normal, meaning peak colors may arrive around Oct.15-20.”

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation