Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its changing leaf colors during fall. Here are some of our favorite places in the area to view the stunning color displays.
The color season lasts about 6-7 weeks, from mid-September through October and into early November, with leaves turning first at the mountain tops and working their way down slope over the weeks. You can experience fall colors in different ways and at different times in the season along the park’s numerous hikes, viewpoints, and scenic drives.
View from Newfound Gap Road – image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If you love to fish you already know that this Smoky Mountains area is a great place to cast a lure, not just from the scenery all around but also for the wildlife in the waters, the abundance and variety of fish in the many streams that cut the terrain all around.
You probably also know about the Fall Trout Tournament that starts way early tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 27, 2014, for the weekend – and you’d better be signed up for it already and getting some sleep tonight. All the details on the tournament can be found at the website, and you can read what we wrote about the Fall event of last year here, and the Spring event of this year here. (more…)
current view of Gatlinburg, frost on the mountains, colors coming to town
Of all the many things to do in Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains, one of the most popular is to view the stunning Fall colors. And here are the 10 best ways to experience the Fall colors happening right now – October 25, 2013 – in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains. (more…)
It’s mid-October 2013 in the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and the leaves on the trees are getting ready to dazzle us with their world-famous Fall colors. Here are the 3 of the best places to view it all right now! (more…)
Ah, Peak Fall colors in the Smokies! Technically we think we’ve just passed the peak – the National Park Service says several areas reached peak this past weekend. But don’t worry, it’s still a mass of color and will be for some weeks to come yet. And even after that, it’ll go back to plain old gorgeous all winter 🙂 (more…)
image courtesy of NPS
Fall is coming and nothing alerts us to the change in seasons like the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, which runs from September 13 through October 31, 2012. This is a county-wide celebration with a huge number of attractions including festivals, hay rides, live entertainment, music, food, apple picking, hot cider, all manner of pumpkins & scarecrows, and an outpouring of unique arts and crafts. (more…)