Sunset from Cliffside Overlook

Oct. 7 –  Blue skies and fall color!  It is so exciting here right now!  The peak color for Grandfather’s high elevations (above 4,000 feet) will be this weekend and next, Oct. 8-16.   Beyond that, there will still be plenty of good color to drive through in the High Country and on your way up to Grandfather.

Tips for visiting Grandfather Mountain during peak fall color season.

Today’s photograph by Helen Moss Davis was taken last night from Grandfather’s Cliffside Overlook.  The bright red huckleberry bushes turn early because they are growing in only a few inches of soil on top of the rocks.  You can also see a lot of huckleberry bushes on the cliffs above the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Viaduct.

The best route for color right now is the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Grandfather Mountain exit at milepost 305 north to Blowing Rock.  That section will take you across the Parkway viaduct.

Other colorful routes are NC 105 from Seven Devils to Linville, NC 184 from Tynecastle to Banner Elk and Beech Mountain Parkway to the top of Beech Mountain.

Click here to see the rest of the 2011 Fall color Gallery.

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  • My wife and I along with our daughter, son in law and grand daughter recently visited the mountains and one of the highlights was our trip the Grandfather Mt. The reason it was great was because everything is handicap accessible.  My wife is wheelchair bound and we were able to include her in everything even the bridge. She was so happy because she was able to tell everyone the story of the first time she ever walked across the bridge and how it was made of wood. The animal park was the best and the highlight for our grand daughter. We were on vacation for a week and the trip to Grandfather was the last day and we truly saved the best for last. Thank you for all you do to make this State Treasure open to all.
    Cliff
    Chocowinity, NC
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