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A young buck pauses among white wood aster and goldenrod near Grandfather Mountain’s Woods Walk, as a red maple above begins to contradict its name. Fall color continues to be most prevalent between altitudes of 5,000 and 6,000 feet, although spot color is bursting into view at elevations between 4,000 to 4,500, particularly along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation