Our Highland County fans, who live outside our area, always love (and ask for) leaf updates throughout the Fall. Well… here you go!
While our leaves usually peak around mid-October (depending on the year, of course), Fall 2020 is showing some phenomenal color, and the vibrance isn’t surprising given the amount of consistent rain our mountains have received this year.
If you’re a photographer or leaf peeper and you’re planning a trip to Highland County to capture the autumn beauty, I wouldn’t wait too long. Leaves are already changing quickly, and many in the community believe it will be a fast season. Plus, my guess is, the Summer’s consistent rain trend may flow into Fall. If so, once leaves begin to change more, a 15-minute hard rain could likely take them all down. (10/13/2020 Update: We’ve had rain take down a small portion of leaves, but Fall color is definitely still healthy as you can see from the Week of October 12, 2020 pictures!)
My recommendation: It wouldn’t hurt to plan a couple trips to Highland this Fall because I think she may just be preparing to put on an ever-changing show! (10/13/2020 Update: Yes, she is definitely putting on a show!)
Now, for the Main Event. Thanks to teamwork from some of our awesome resident shutterbugs, here are pictures capturing Highland County’s Fall color during the 2020 season. Enjoy, and check back weekly throughout the season for more updates!
(Click on the images to enlarge them!)
Week of October 12, 2020
Allegheny Mountain (Photo Credit: Sara Jean Warner)
Mill Gap Farms (Photo Credit: Emily Policastro Conner)
Halterman “Holler” (Photo Credit: Ellen Harris Phillips)
Allegheny Mountain (Photo Credit: Michael Bedwell)
Dorothy Stephenson grew up on her family's cattle operation in Meadowdale, located in the southwest corner of Highland County. When she wasn't on horseback helping her father gather and work cattle, you'd likely find her (still on horseback) jumping creeks in her family's nearby "Big Pasture." Today, though she doesn't ride horses much anymore, she has her own cattle, land, and expansion plans for a farm. Additionally, (and with the inherited, Stephenson, entrepreneurial spirit) she owns two small businesses in Highland County - Sundance Media & Design and Sundance Studio & Productions, which houses another of Dorothy's long-time loves - Clogging. Dorothy loves exploring new places, skills, and ideas, and she intends to live life to the fullest as long as it will let her. (Oh! And she LOVES Christmas!)
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