A stately red maple stands watch over a pasture off the Tanawha Trail near Holloway Mountain Road in Blowing Rock on Wednesday, Oct. 1. (Photo by Katie Casella)

The 13.5-mile Tanawha Trail stretches from Julian Price Park outside Blowing Rock to Beacon Heights outside Linville, with numerous access points along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Color is continuing to trickle in at the higher elevations this week, but next week should bring more dramatic changes if the cold snap predicted for this weekend arrives. Forecasts for possible frost Sunday morning will likely trigger more uniform color change among all species and won’t harm the changing leaves, said Jesse Pope, director of education and natural resources for Grandfather Mountain.