A hiker gazes at the beauty from Rough Ridge, looking south toward the Linn Cove Viaduct and the peaks of Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

Those willing to brave the chill today should be rewarded with crisp, clear views from vantage points throughout the High Country as the leaves continue to transition. When conditions are right, visitors to Grandfather Mountain can sometimes make out the Charlotte skyline, about 80 miles away, with the naked eye.