Leaf Season in the High Country

Unlike many places in the Southeast, the High Country enjoys four distinct seasons. Many locals and visitors would agree that the most beautiful time to take in the mountains is during the fall.

Autumn is glorious in the High Country, with the peak of the season occurring at different times, depending on your elevation.

A ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway during the height of leaf season is a photographer’s dream with golden, orange and crimson hues bursting out around every curve in the road.

The fall is also when the High Country holds many of its annual festivals and events including the Woolly Worm Festival, the Valle Country Fair, Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival, and Autumn at Oz, among others.

And, of course, fall is football season. If you haven’t sat in the bleachers at Kidd Brewer Stadium to root on the Appalachian State Mountaineers on a glorious autumn day, you’ve missed out on a grand fall sporting tradition.

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Autumn casts a colorful reflection on Grandfather Lake, as fog shrouds Grandfather Mountain above. Much of the foliage on the mountain is at or near peak color, with leaves also changing at lower elevations. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State University professor of biology pr…

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The place of the general store is an iconic stalwart of small-town communities. Prior to the advent of the “big-box” stores so prevalent today, the general store was a cornerstone to the local consumer. Carrying a wide range of merchandise, the small structures served as a community hangout …

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WATAUGA — As autumn hues begin to creep into the High Country hillsides, there are multiple resources for planning your trip to view the annual fall color display.

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Any season is the perfect season for touring the back roads of the High Country, but “leaf season” provides the ultimate scenic experience for visitors and homefolk, alike.

  • By James Howell james.howell@mountaintimes.com
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The High Country is a beautiful place, but it's also old and filled with a ton of history, folklore and scary stories. So just in time for Halloween, we have put together a quick list of the five scariest/most haunted places in the High Country.

  • By Amanda Rogers amanda.rogers@mountaintimes.com
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BOONE − Fall in the High Country brings changing leaves, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. With pumpkin patches and corn mazes scattered throughout, Watauga County has no shortage of fall festivities for residents and visitors.

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  • By Erika Giovanetti erika@mountaintimes.com
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Leaves are turning, resulting in red, orange and yellow-toned landscapes throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. With peak leaf season Oct. 17-24, state parks, natural areas, small towns and the Blue Ridge Parkway have become flooded with visitors who have come for leaf season. For more photos,…

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  • By Jesse Campbell jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com
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After more than a week, the rains have finally passed.

  • By Garett Price garrett.price@averyjournal.com
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Every year the High Country’s deciduous forests explode with color as they begin their annual shed. In recent weeks, cool temperatures have jump-started the process and according to natural scientists from all over the state, North Carolina residents can expect better-than-average fall color…

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Nothing says nighttime in the mountains in the fall like a trip to Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train and Halloween Festival.

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  • By Erika Giovanetti erika@mountaintimes.com
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Sept. 23 marks the beginning of autumn in the High Country, meaning that festival season is about to be in full swing. Burning red, orange and yellow hues adorn mountaintops while eager locals and tourists prepare for the harvest of apples, pumpkins and more.

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As fall approaches the Blue Ridge Mountains, Grandfather Mountain remains one of the best leaf-looking destinations in the South. One way guests can enjoy fall foliage this season is Grandfather’s guided walk series, “The Colors of Grandfather,” offered on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19.

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