What: As the first crisp nights of autumn take hold, leaf peeping is on everyone’s minds. Sure, you can drive through any part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but Grandfather Mountain offers something unique. From the earliest yellows to the richest maroons, Grandfather Mountain’s wide range in elevation gives visitors a chance to see both early and late color in the same trip. If you can’t decide where to start, let the mountain’s interpretive rangers lead the way. Guided hikes will point out the mountain’s dense ecosystem and its vibrant swaths of fall color. If you can’t make it in person, rangers will be posting photos of the mountain’s latest changes on its website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, although there is no substitute for its 360-degree views.
When: Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.
Where: Grandfather Mountain, 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville. Directions available on website (GPS mapping systems not recommended)
Cost: Free with park admission ($15 adults, $13 seniors, $7 children under 12)
Registration: None required, but early arrival is advised. Info: www.grandfather.com