The view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak shows bursts of vibrant color appearing near the Stack Rock Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by Monty Combs).

While the majority of trees remain green, the pace of seasonal leaf change is now accelerating rapidly. Within the last few days, more patches of hardwoods have begun to be clothed in red, orange and yellow, especially at elevations near 4,000 feet.