Fall color is definitely emerging in Tennessee, as autumn brings cooler temperatures and crisp sunny days mixed with rainfall. Approximately twenty-five percent of the color is showing in beautiful Northeast Tennessee.
Higher elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park are showing warm golds and yellows among the American beech, yellow birch, mountain ash, pin cherry and mountain maple. And, lower elevations are still predominantly green but dogwoods, black walnuts, sumac, Virginia creeper, spice bush and sourwoods are showing yellows and burgundy reds against a green backdrop.
Moving into Southeast Tennessee, tap into the color by taking a drive through the Sequatchie Valley region along TN-28 and Hwy 127, offering spectacular views of the mountains on both sides. Or, jump on the Hiwassee River Rail for the perfect way to see fall colors in the mountains of the Tennessee Overhill region and the Cherokee National Forest.
Mother Nature is taking the opportunity to show off with a blaze of color in the Upper Cumberland before winter arrives. The leaves are beginning their breathtaking display across the region--with waves of gold and russet. Visit Dale Hollow, Cordell Hull or Center Hill lakes for some spectacular fall color viewing.
An afternoon drive on Scenic Highway 64 from Savannah to Somerville provides picturesque views of rolling West Tennessee hills with hints of oncoming color.
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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.