Best Trip to See Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

Posted by Darryl Payne in National Park

Fall colors come alive

Some people call it “Fireworks In The Smokies!” or “Leaves are Changing!” Others call it, “Look at All The Cars!” Whatever you call it, people flock to The Great Smoky Mountains by the thousands the for great beauty of fall leaves in The Great Smoky Mountains: breathtaking indeed.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the greatest amount of “Leaf Watchers” visitors in all of the Southeastern United States. As the summer closes and winter approaches, make your plans to travel to The Great Smoky Mountains.

Some of the best leaf color views will be traveling from Gatlinburg Tennessee to Clingmans Dome, along The Foothills Parkway, at Newfound Gap, and throughout Cades Cove in the National Park. Other majestic views can be found in Wears Valley, just southwest of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Go to traffic light #3 in Pigeon Forge and travel on Wears Valley Road for approximately 7 miles, and discover one of the most picturesque views in The Great Smoky Mountains.

Especially in The National Park, make plans to get out of your car and walk in the leaves, or stand by a rivers to gaze at the leaves being carried downstream by the rushing waters. Your tour through the National Park of The Great Smoky Mountains is actually viewing a preserved temperate rainforest with an impressive abundance of both plant and animal species. The radiant changing of leaves from the fertile greens to brilliant reds, oranges, and purples of autumn are awe-inspiring! Make sure to pack your camera, along with your coat, as it can be rather chilly during the months of October and November.

Be ready to witness the changing of leaves in over 100 species of trees in The National Park of The Great Smoky Mountains. Sweetgum trees are usually found in the lower elevations and offer brilliant reds, purples, and yellows. Dogwoods are another favorite offering deep reds. These can be found most places below 3,000 feet. The red maple provides both beautiful reds and yellows. The park has many large, historic red maple trees that found in most areas of the park. The sugar maple produces fall yellows and oranges and live at 4,000 feet and below. The scarlet oak offers a fantastic deep red at this elevation also. Other trees providing color include the American beech, yellow birch, mountain maple and pin cherry.

Come with family and friends and enjoy creation's beauty during this spectacular time of year. Check the Color report at Witness this amazing fall spectacle when you travel to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville Tennessee.

Leaves change in the national park



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