Tuesday, September 13, 2011

When do colors peak in East Tennessee

Nothing beats a fall color drive through Tennessee for a road trip. When people ask when fall colors peak there are several different answers. Peak happens at different times depending on where travelers want to visit. The colors begin to show at the highest elevations and come down the mountains before reaching the valley. 

Fall Color in East Tennessee Copyright 2010
The mountains in East Tennessee are ablaze in color from late September at the tops of the mountains to late October in the valleys. Almost every road trip in this part of the state lends itself well to a fall color drive. Spectacular scenery abounds in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Visitors who drive to Clingman's Dome, on the Cades Cove loop and the Roaring Fork Nature Trail won't be disappointed. Other fall color drives in East Tennessee include the Cherohala Skyway and Cumberland Gap National Park. 

Finding out when the colors are peaking in East Tennessee is as easy as picking up the phone. U.S. Forest Service has set up a fall colors hotline. Call 1.800.354.4595 to find out where the peak is happening and when. 

A visit to see the colors in East Tennessee is a road trip that your family will never forget.

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