As fall approaches the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain remains one of the best leaf looking destinations in Western North Carolina. One way that guests can enjoy fall foliage this season is Grandfather’s guided walk series “The Colors of Grandfather” offered on October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20.
Grandfather Mountain is home to many different species of plants and hardwood trees that range from bright yellow cottonwoods and pumpkin-colored beech trees, to blood-red sourwoods and rusty red oaks. “The Colors of Grandfather” will visit various locations around Grandfather Mountain to showcase a spectacular contrast of stunning autumn hues.
These guided walks led by members of the Stewardship Foundation’s educational staff give guests an opportunity to learn more about color change and explore many different species of plants and trees native to Grandfather Mountain. Participants will become more familiar with tree identification and will be able to ask questions about the color-changing phenomenon that takes place in the fall.
In addition to the planned programming inside the park in October, fresh fall color photos are posted daily throughout the month on the Mountain’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account. These postings include up-to-date reports on leaf looking conditions, helpful tips for visiting the area in fall and the best routes for finding the brightest trees.
The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established to preserve Grandfather Mountain, operate the nature park in the public interest and participate in educational research activities. For more information phone 800-468-7325 or plan a trip at www.grandfather.com.