Oct. 1 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Linville

Monty CombsOct. 1 Report - Grandfather Mountain

Oct. 1, 2013, Heath bald on south side of Grandfather Mountain.

Grandfather Mountain employees know to watch this heath bald on the south side of the mountain in late September and early October, as it is one of the first areas to change and show vivid color. The soil is thin in this area, and bright colors emerge from sourwoods, sassafras and many shrubs. The Mile High Swinging Bridge is a great place to view this color.

The Grandfather Mountain attraction and Grandfather Mountain State Park are not affected by the federal government shutdown and remain open to visitors. While facilities along the Blue Ridge Parkway are closed, the road remains open and is already becoming an ideal place to see fall color, especially between Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock.

For more information about visiting this location, go to North Carolina State Parks and Explore Boone Area.

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