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Watauga River

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Fallen leaves litter rocks along the Watauga River on the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Today (MORE)

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Linville Falls

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Water flows over the upper falls at Linville Falls en route to the 45-foot plunge. (Photo by Skip Sickler) Elevations (MORE)

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Old Cranberry School

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A line of colorful maples stands outside the Old Cranberry School in Avery County, N.C., while windswept leaves create patterns (MORE)

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Crossnore

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Fall colors envelop a barn on U.S. 221 beween Crossnore and Linville Falls in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip (MORE)

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Erwin’s View Overlook

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The Linville River winds through colorful trees near Erwin’s View Overlook at Linville Falls. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This moderate, (MORE)

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Flat Rock Trail

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Fallen leaves gather on a mushroom-ridden log near Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Skip Sickler) At the highest elevations in western (MORE)

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Valle Crucis

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Green and gold intermingle on this hillside in Valle Crucis, N.C. (photo by Skip Sickler). Just a few miles away, (MORE)

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Avery Co.

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Psychedelic sumac trees line the side of a rural road in Avery County, N.C. (Photo by Skip Sickler) This beautiful (MORE)

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Beacon Heights

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Vivid red blueberry bushes, dark green rhododendrons and the oranges and yellows of autumn trees provide a kaleidoscope of color (MORE)

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Mill Pond

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Downstream from the Mill Pond in Banner Elk, runoff from Tuesday’s storms gushes among the still-colorful trees. (Photo by Skip (MORE)

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Meadows

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Water droplets collect along the stems of a burning bush (Euonymus alatus) at Grandfather Mountain. (Photo by Kellen Short) While (MORE)

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Hampton’s General Store

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A sugar maple shines in glorious gold and green outside the Old Hampton Store in Linville. (Photo by Skip Sickler). (MORE)

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Deer Habitat

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A deer ambles through the animal habitat at grandfather Mountain as if admiring the autumn splendor around her. (Photo by (MORE)

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Grandfather Lake

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While fall color is reaching peak on the high-elevation ridges of Grandfather Mountain, the lower elevations around Grandfather Lake prove (MORE)

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Camp Yonahnoka

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Fall colors dance on the edge of the lake at Camp Yonahnoka, just south of Grandfather Mountain in Linville. (Photo (MORE)

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Boone Fork Trail

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A bridge over the Boone Fork Creek transports hikers to a wonderland of fall color along the Tanawha Trail outside (MORE)

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Linville Ridge

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Fall color seeps from the upper reaches of Grandfather Mountain to areas below to create a picturesque scene in Linville. (MORE)

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Rough Ridge Overlook

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The sun rises above the varied yellows, oranges and greens of Rough Ridge, off the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo by (MORE)

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Rough Ridge Overlook

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A hiker gazes at the beauty from Rough Ridge, looking south toward the Linn Cove Viaduct and the peaks of (MORE)

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Price Park Picnic Area

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Morning fog lifts to reveal shades of autumn color on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Price Park Picnic Area (MORE)

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The crimson leaves of the sourwood tree are among the most showy now visible in the High Country’s forests. (Photo (MORE)

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Bass Lake

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Many maple trees surrounding Bass Lake in Blowing Rock, N.C., are beginning to shed their leaves, while others are still (MORE)

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Tanawha Trail

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A stately red maple stands watch over a pasture off the Tanawha Trail near Holloway Mountain Road in Blowing Rock (MORE)

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Linn Cove Viaduct

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Bright yellow goldenrods coordinate pleasantly with the changing leaves near the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as (MORE)

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Stack Rock

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The view from Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Peak shows bursts of vibrant color appearing near the Stack Rock Parking Area on (MORE)

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Price Lake

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A fisherman enjoys the stillness of Price Lake, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock, where the water (MORE)

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  • I picked up my 6 year old son from school  and asked him if he could guess where I was gonna take him to spend the weekend. With eyes big and wide he asked, Grandfather Mt? I have never seen him get so happy. Or should I say, pumped up to the max. He thanked me over and over again, while packing for the night in the wild. As with most things in life can be, this was a gift that did not fade away or break like most  presents after minutes of play.  As we got closer  to the top he expressed his deepest thanks, I saw my boy grow up this weekend. I pushed him and he pushed me and together we made it all the way from 105 to the Swinging Bridge.  "Get Out More.  Make memories, not regrets."
    Ryan
    Sugar Mtn, NC
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