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"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" surely speaks of Tennessee's spectacular seasonal display. Dazzling colors await you around every curve during leaf-peeping season. Think of it as nature putting on a daily show. Yellow poplar and hickories rival the sun for brilliance; sassafras explodes in orange; red maples show off finery, ruby to russet.

Fall's heading our way! Gear up to head to Tennessee for autumn's awe-inspiring grandeur. Our foliage reports are coming soon, to guide you to Tennessee's sweetest spots of color. Stay tuned!

9/24/12 Color Report

Fall in Tennessee is one of nature's great wonders!

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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Adventure Notes

Color it Wild

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.

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Whether for a golf foursome, a spirited whitewater adventure, a cycling sprint or a relaxing trail jaunt, life and the lovely vistas in Tennessee are made all the sweeter when shared.

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