Happy autumn, and welcome to the 2016 Grandfather Mountain Fall Color Gallery! Throughout the fall color season, we’ll post daily pictures to showcase the foliage on Grandfather Mountain and in surrounding areas of the Western North Carolina High Country. Thanks for visiting, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on the mountain!

In the above photo, fall color shines near Stack Rock on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 304.8). According to experts, the area has seen very minimal increases in color throughout the last week, due to higher than average temperatures and dry conditions. But the road to Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge is growing ever more colorful, thanks to the yellow birch, fire cherry, American ash, yellow buckeye, red maple and hobblebush that are painting the landscape with vibrant autumn hues. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation