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2016 Fall Foliage Tracking thread

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Monday October 10 2016

Fall foliage flows along the Boone Fork Trail, located at Milepost 296.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, reports that, despite the slow start, colors are now starting to jump out, most evident with the yellows and oranges of birches, poplars, magnolias and maples. In addition, a few bright red maples, sourwoods and black gums can be spotted on area hillsides. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Sunday October 9 2016

A colorful medley of American beech, aster and fern decorate Grandfather Mountain’s Woods Walk Trail. While experts believe this weekend and the next will bookend peak color season, fall color could extend into the third week of October in the Boone and Blowing Rock areas if the weather doesn’t get much colder. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

 

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Saturday October 8 2016

Autumn foliage complements the lush scenery at Grandfather Mountain’s Woods Walk & Picnic Area. This weekend, visitors to the mountain can expect to see some colorful maples, sourwoods, azaleas, huckleberries and hobblebush that are crimson red to bright red. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Friday October 7 2016

Fall foliage smooths out the color palette at Rough Ridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 302.8). According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and biology professor at Appalachian State University, this weekend should be a prime time to visit the higher elevations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, with this weekend and the next bookending the peak color season. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Thursday October 6 2016

Shrouded in morning fog, Grandfather Mountain’s iconic peaks begin to show the signs of autumn. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, fall color is still slowly progressing and not yet peak at higher elevations. However, increasingly colorful maples, sourwoods, azaleas, huckleberries, hobblebush and yellow birches point toward peak color just around the corner, with each day bringing a visible change. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

 

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Wednesday October 5 2016

A red maple turns bright crimson in the town of Linville, N.C. Although much of this year’s fall color has yet to arrive, experts believe it could peak next week. Meanwhile, areas above the Blue Ridge Parkway, which are typically the first to turn, are beginning to showcase their seasonal colors. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Tuesday October 4

Mountain ash creates a fiery contrast with huckleberry and azalea bushes on the switchbacks up to Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, color progression has been a little slower on the mountain than in previous years. This week, however, has seen colors begin to turn very quickly, with daily changes evident, especially at elevations higher than 4,700 feet. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Monday October 3 2016

The sun rises on Beacon Heights (MP 305.2 on the Blue Ridge Parkway), as autumn foliage complements the hues of dawn. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, fall color expert and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, this coming week could be the best time to visit high-elevation spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway, since they peak earlier than lower elevations. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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I was on the parkway this morning at Beacon Heights near Grandfather Mtn. Slowly starting to see more color. Still a lot more green than color even at higher elevations. Hopefully the cool mornings this week will accelerate the change.

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Tuesday October 11 2016

Sunshine beams through brilliant foliage in Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, peak color will likely arrive at Grandfather Mountain and other high-elevation locales this coming weekend. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Wednesday October 12 2016

A brilliant blue sky mingles with autumn gold in a reflection on the Linville River. Color is bursting in Linville, and experts believe peak color will reach Grandfather Mountain by this coming weekend. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Comments this morning from Howard Neufeld at ASU:

The cool mornings and moderate daytime temperatures, coupled with the abundant sunshine, has sped up the leaf color development here in the High Country, as I thought it would. From last weekend, when I estimated the hills were just 15-20% colored up they have now advanced, at least in the 3,000' to 4,500' elevation range, to 50% or more now. So, this weekend will be good, as will the week following, and the weekend after this one.

Whether the red colors will be as intense is still a matter of debate. Some areas have good color, but many are duller this year, most likely due to the drought and high temperatures

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Thursday October 13 2016

Stack Rock Bridge

Fall color is speeding up along the Blue Ridge Parkway, illustrated by some bright reds, yellows and oranges at the Stack Rock Bridge. According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, cool mornings, moderate daytime temperatures and abundant sunshine have accelerated leaf color development in the High Country. In fact, since last weekend, hillsides in the 3,000 to 4,500 elevation range have seen a 30 percent increase in fall color, Neufeld said. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Friday October 14 2016

Grandfather Mountain and vibrant fall color burst into view around a bend on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Despite Friday morning’s fog, cool weather and abundant sunshine throughout the week have stimulated leaf color development, and experts are anticipating peak color this weekend at higher elevations, especially those above 4,500 feet. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Saturday October 15 2016

Maple leaves catch up with their color-changing cohorts at Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. As peak color begins to arrive at higher elevations, and with several fall festivals taking place this weekend, those visiting Grandfather Mountain can expect heavy traffic throughout the High CountryPhoto by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Sunday October 16 2016

Linville Bluffs

Grandfather Mountain’s Linville Bluffs looks down upon the fall color below. Throughout autumn, Grandfather Mountain’s high elevation allows visitors to practically see the season in its entirety, as color change rolls through the valleys below.  Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Heading up to Kerr Scott Resevoir this coming weekend for some camping and mountain biking. Think we'll be able to see some color in the Wilkesboro area?


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1 hour ago, seawolf14 said:

Heading up to Kerr Scott Resevoir this coming weekend for some camping and mountain biking. Think we'll be able to see some color in the Wilkesboro area?

You picked a raw time to come. Highs will struggle to hit 60 with sunshine and lows in the upper 30s away from town. That is peak time for color in the hills but its delayed even in the mountains, so high patches of color likely but not close to peak. Snow flurries will be flying in the West Virginia mountains. NC mountains will struggle to crack 50.

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Monday October 17 2016

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Autumn colors have been a bit late arriving in the North Carolina High Country this year, but the foliage show is beginning to get dramatic. This photograph taken Monday from the Blue Ridge Parkway shows that peak color is probably just a few more days away on the southern slopes of Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Jim Morton | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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