A view from Grandfather Mountain’s Top Shop catches sunrise over the fog-laced valleys below. Grandfather Mountain’s lofty peaks offer visitors the chance to see the entirety of autumn unfold before their eyes, as fall color spreads throughout the High Country and beyond. Experts are predicting colors to peak around mid-October for elevations between 3,000 and 4,000 feet above sea level, with higher elevations peaking even sooner. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation