According to the Great Smokies Association, this year’s fall colors are peaking in the highest elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains. In particular, birches, beeches, mountain maple and other deciduous trees and shrubs are showing strong color above 4,000 feet.
Suggested sites for viewing this year’s foliage are Clingman’s Dome Rd., Newfound Gap Rd., Blue Ridge Parkway and Balsam Mountain Rd.
In the lower elevations, species like blackgum, sourwood, dogwood, Virginia creeper, black walnut and sumacs are at a peak, and the birches and some maples have started to change. Overall, lower-elevation peaks are predicted to occur in late October and early November.
Suggested sites for viewing foliage at lower elevations are the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Cammerer, Charlies Bunion, Sweat Heifer Creek and upper Deep Creek.
Checking out the fall foliage in the national park is a must, but if you’re looking for even more things to do as a family when visiting Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is where you’ll find us at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. And this time of year, our wooded foothills setting is more beautiful than ever.
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