A sunset near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Linn Cove Viaduct adds some pinks and purples to the autumn palette. As the sun rises on Saturday, Oct. 20, it’ll greet one of the High Country’s busiest fall days. With color peaking in higher elevations, the Woolly Worm Festival racing into Banner Elk, the Valle Country Fair celebrating autumn in Valle Crucis and an Appalachian State football game kicking off in Boone, visitors and residents alike can expect a surge in traffic, especially along the N.C. 105 corridor. Grandfather Mountain itself is expecting a busy day, although guests can bypass any line to the Entrance Gate by purchasing tickets online at www.grandfather.com.

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation