Fall color begins to spread through the High Country’s lower elevations, as seen at this pull-off from U.S. Hwy. 221. The highway runs near the Blue Ridge Parkway, which offers dramatic vistas of the mountains and valleys below, much of which still remains green. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University biology professor and “Fall Color Guy,” the forests seen from most overlooks are about 1,000 feet lower in elevation, meaning the leaves in those locations still have a little way to go. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation