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October 18 Photos

Colors are continuing to develop at mid and low elevations in the park this week. At high elevations, most areas are now past peak.

 
The view from Bote Mountain Trail on Oct 18.
The view from Bote Mountain Trail on October 18.
Tom Harrington
 

 
Leaves cover the ground on high elevation trails this week
Leaves are off the trees in most high elevations areas. Here they create a colorful carpet on the Brushy Mountain Trail. October 18 photo.
NPS
 

 
Autumn Foliage
Brilliant color on a maple tree at mid-elevation this week.
Tom Harrington

Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...