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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!

10/18/12 Color Report

Autumn's brilliant sunny days.

Spectacular colors can be spotted across Tennessee this week.

A full spectrum of color can be seen from the various overlooks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, particularly along Newfound Gap Road, which traverses the high country, and is the park's most traveled road. The crests of the ridges are glowing with gold from birch and reds from maple trees. Witch hobble, blueberry and blackberry bushes are adding a rich flavor to the mix with red leaves.

For a current view of how fall colors are progressing, visit the park's Purchase Knob (high elevation) and Look Rock (middle elevation) webcams at nps.gov/grsm/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm

A breathtaking display can be seen across the Upper Cumberland region--with waves of gold and russet. The southern Cumberlands should be reaching a peak in the next week.

Make plans now to visit Southwest Tennessee. The reds of Bradford pear trees and the yellow of maples can be seen around Pickwick Lake, Beech Lake and Hatchie River areas. A great way to see the beauty of the region is to follow along the Walking Tall Trail. Visit tntrailsandbyways.com.

Enjoy Tennessee's vivid colors and fun-filled festivals celebrating this harvest season!

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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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