Smoky Mountains Fall Colors

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Smoky Mountains Leaves and Fall Colors

Enjoying the color changes of the leaves in the Smoky Mountains is always a great experience for visitors. The changing of colors from deep greens to vivid oranges, reds, and golds are an amazing site that everyone should be able to enjoy. From our Townsend Hotel we have a great view of the Smoky Mountains year round and are able to take in the scenic views every day of the year.

Living in Townsend right at the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains, we have been able to enjoy the leaves changing colors every year. We wanted to share some tips with anyone traveling to see the Fall Foliage of the Smoky Mountains.

Typically the Smoky Mountains experience an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors of the leaves change from the top of the mountain to lower levels. With so many variables affecting the time the leaves change color, the exact dates are difficult to predict.

Factors Of Fall Color Change In The Smoky Mountains

Elevation is one of the biggest factors in the changing of color and at higher levels color change can start in mid September. Some of the trees to experience change of color at the higher levels of elevation are yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobble-bush, and pin cherry.

Typically the beautiful display of fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains reaches peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. Some of the trees that you will see a these levels are sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

Autumn Views and Colors

Autumn is a great time for your Smoky Mountains vacation. The weather is lovely and the color change is a breathtaking experience that everyone should have see.
Due to the color change the Smoky Mountains are quite busy this time of the year. Vacationers, sightseeing, photographers and more, everyone wants to enjoy the cool air and spectacular views.
Cades Cove and Newfound Gap Road can experience heavy travel and you should expect longer than normal traffic delays.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has some great suggestions for suggested drives or hikes to experience the Autumn colors with less traffic.

Booking your hotel room early is also a good idea. Rooms at the Highland Manor Inn provide all the comforts of home with lovely views of the Smoky Mountains.

Enjoying the Fall change of color in the Smoky Mountains is a must do for all ages. From Mid September til the middle of October the leaves on the trees in the Smoky Mountains change. Although there is not an exact day it starts or ends, this time frame will help choose the dates for your Autumn travels. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the unbelievable views.

Make sure to check out the 2018 Fall Foliage Map for a great guide for geography and time for the changing of the leaves.