|Fall in the Smokies|
A common belief is that the colors peak in East Tennessee around mid-October. That's sort of true, sort of. Fall colors peak in the upper and lower mountain regions at different times. Keep reading to get more answers.
As East Tennessee natives, my family enjoys a mountain drive any time of year but autumn has a special glow. The air is cooler and it's easier for us to get out and enjoy the incredible East Tennessee mountains. Autumn hills are painted in natures colors of gold, red and yellow.
Fall colors are most brilliant in the lower regions of the mountains in mid-October. Color begins earlier in the higher elevations.Rainfall, the timing of temperature changes and length of day all play their part in the color changes of the fall foliage.
The National Forest Service fall foliage hotline opens the day after Labor Day. Visitors can dial 1-800-354-4595 find out where and when the leaves are changing. One quick call gives you the most up to date information.
Some people feel that autumn is the best time to visit East Tennessee and other people feel that every season is the right time to visit. Everyone can agree on one thing. The colors of the fall foliage leaves make visiting East Tennessee a trip to remember.