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Huckleberries, pinkshell azalea and withrod glow bright in the sunrise near Grandfather Mountain’s Top Shop. With colors peaking at high elevations, those visiting Grandfather Mountain can expect heavy traffic throughout the High Country. To beat the lines and avoid the wait at Grandfather Mountain, guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at https://goo.gl/H4iLBm. Online tickets grant visitors access to a priority lane, which allows them to enter the park through a side entrance. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation