First hints of fall color are starting to appear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a few sumac, dogwood, red maples, sourwood, black gum and Virginia creeper vine beginning to show seasonal reds. Only a few scattered trees are showing fall color now. Look for more color to develop at higher elevations as American beech and yellow birch trees transition to gold.
With recent cool nights in Tennessee, other areas of the state will soon begin to show color.
Historically, Tennessee's eastern color peaks during the last two weeks in October, and western color peaks during the last two weeks in November.
One of the best ways to see Tennessee's fall colors is to drive any of the 16 entertaining and picturesque Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways.
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Wildlife, including black bear and white-tailed deer, abounds throughout the Smokies. Clearly, this is a leaf peeper's heaven. Hike, cycle, or horseback ride, with miles of trails carpeted with vibrant leaves. Waterfalls, rock scrambles and, of course, technicolor foliage, thrillingly contrast with evergreens.