Fall Color On Grandfather Mountain Oct 10-14, 2016

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*For more on the fall colors visit the Fall Color Report page*

Fall foliage flows along the Boone Fork Trail, located at Milepost 296.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, reports that, despite the slow start, colors are now starting to jump out, most evident with the yellows and oranges of birches, poplars, magnolias and maples. In addition, a few bright red maples, sourwoods and black gums can be spotted on area hillsides.  Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Sunshine beams through brilliant foliage in Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, peak color will likely arrive at Grandfather Mountain and other high-elevation locales this coming weekend. To see more fall color photos, visit Grandfather Mountain’s 2016 Fall Color Gallery at www.grandfather.com. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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A brilliant blue sky mingles with autumn gold in a reflection on the Linville River. Color is bursting in Linville, and experts believe peak color will reach Grandfather Mountain by this coming weekend.  Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Fall color is speeding up along the Blue Ridge Parkway, illustrated by some bright reds, yellows and oranges at the Stack Rock Bridge. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, cool mornings, moderate daytime temperatures and abundant sunshine have accelerated leaf color development in the High Country. In fact, since last weekend, hillsides in the 3,000 to 4,500 elevation range have seen a 30 percent increase in fall color, Neufeld said.  Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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