Autumn is an ideal time for a hike at Grandfather Mountain — cooler temperatures, crisp air and the kaleidoscopic changing of the leaves. Grandfather offers hikes for visitors of all skill levels, from beginners to experts and all points in between. The mountain’s most leisurely hike is the Woods Walk, a short, easy walk through a hardwood forest, featuring interpretive signage (and changing foliage) along the way.

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation