Fall Colors At Grandfather Mountain October 19-23, 2015

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*For more information on the colors check out the Fall Color Report page*

Here’s a collection of the fall colors appearing at and around Grandfather Mountain this week.

Monday October 19 – Shawneehaw Creek winds through Banner Elk, dappled by fall color and green rhododendrons. Fall color has progressed rather quickly during the past week in the High Country. Peak color can now be seen in the valleys from the Grandfather Mountain vantage point, which offers a stellar view of the larger landscape. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Tuesday October 20 – Fall color makes for a colorful canopy on the Grandfather Mountain Profile Trail. The 3.1-mile Profile Trail begins as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, the Watauga River and rhododendron thickets, all under a hardwood canopy. The upper sections grow steeper, eventually becoming strenuous, as the trail climbs .3 miles before joining the Grandfather Trail, a steep and rocky ascent that calls for careful footwork. The reward is an unparalleled view from the top. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Wednesday October 21 – Although leaves have peaked in the High Country, autumn remains colorful and vibrant, as demonstrated in this photo from Elk River Falls, located near the North Carolina-Tennessee border. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Thursday October 22 – Autumn color brightens up the view along U.S. 221 near Grandfather Mountain. From the highway, leaf-lookers can still find plenty of colorful foliage when they hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially between Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls.
Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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