Fall Color Report from Grandfather Mountain on September 30, 2021

I wanted to check out how rapidly the fall colors were developing, especially at the higher elevations, and was told by personnel on Grandfather that they were coming on strong now. So, early this morning I headed up to the mountain and took some pictures, which are in this posting.

As you can see, there is some good color developing now at the higher elevations on Grandfather, but also on the lower slopes closer to the Parkway and Beacon Heights. The red maples are providing splashes of bright red color, while birches and other species are turning yellow.

This weekend would be worth a trip, but the following weekend, Oct 9-10 should be near peak for the high elevations. The week and weekend after that should be good for lower elevations and most overlooks on the Parkway. Rain is forecast for Mon-Wed of next week, but it should not impair the fall foliage display. 

So, colors are coming along nicely and the next two-three weeks should be great here in the High Country!