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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!

10/3/12 Color Report

Mountain Color Begins and Fall Wildflowers Put on a Show.

Fall color in higher elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is developing. Yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush are giving a hint of what is to come.

Perhaps more notable now are the fall wildflowers, including a variety of asters, black-eyed Susan, wood sunflowers, great blue lobelia, snakeroots, pale jewelweed and skunk goldenrod.

At lower elevations, some sourwood, sumac, dogwood and red maple trees are showing their seasonal reds, along with Virginia creeper vine.

Moving westward to Middle Tennessee, trees across the Upper Cumberland are beginning their annual transformation with a grand display, bursting with golden and orange. The trees surrounding Dale Hollow Lake are a little ahead of those to the south of the pristine lake's winding banks.

Hardin County in West Tennessee is beginning to see color changes starting in the northeastern part of the county. It's a great time to take a scenic ride from Coffee Landing Road to Saltillo.

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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.

Bring Along a Friend

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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