Grandfather Mountain

From a distance you can see the face that serves as the namesake for this park, and up close you’ll find amazing views, native wildlife, and the famous mile-high swinging bridge. Photo by Monty Combs.

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Early Fall in Mills River

Fall Color Report for October 13, 2016

by Fall Color Hunter

Beautiful sunny days and cool nights are helping to propel fall color forward in Western North Carolina! While fall color is running about a week behind this year, the higher elevations could see their brightest color of the season within the next … read more

Stack Rock

Fall Color Report for September 29, 2016

by Fall Color Hunter

The first pops of fall color are just beginning to crop up in the highest elevations of the western North Carolina mountains, and an early fall dip into sweater weather looks to accelerate the changing of the leaves.   Many high-elevation spots … read more

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

by Jason Tarr

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most … read more

Linn Cove Viaduct in the Fall

Fall Scenic Drives: Early Color

by Asheville Insider

In the early fall, trees begin changing color at the highest elevations surrounding the Asheville area, so head out on these scenic drives in late September and early October. Since peak color changes often, visit our weekly leaf reports to stay … read more

Foggy Grandfather Swinging Bridge

You Shall See Wonders: A Day at Grandfather Mountain

by Leigh Ann Henion

Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of Grandfather Mountain 's head naturalist. It's as if the bird knows I mistakenly thought a mourning dove cooing was an owl hooting this … read more