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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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.