Start planning your visit to experience Tennessee fall foliage in dazzling colors from Memphis to the Smoky Mountains.

Plan Your Visit

Tennessee is simply magical in the fall with its mountains and rolling hills beckoning travelers from around the world. Here are a few ways to experience the season to its fullest.

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Music Getaways

If you’re looking for a weekend music lover’s escape to Memphis, here’s an itinerary created just for you. It's filled with music history and icons, delicious food and live music that will have you dancing the night away.

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Fall Leaf Report

The main fall leaf season is still several weeks away, as leaves will be in full color mid-to-late October. In East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountain National Park, color has begun to develop in high elevation areas. Birch trees are yellow, and sumac and witch hobble have red leaves. Visitors will see colors along the crests of the mountains in the next week or so.


At low to middle elevations, dogwood trees have begun to turn red and will change into vibrant reds later in October.  Sourwood and red maple are also turning red.


Fall color in Middle and West Tennessee areas is sparse now, but will make its autumnal turn in the coming weeks. 


Fall flowers displays are glorious now including purple asters, white asters, black-eyed Susans, pale jewelweed, ironweed, great blue lobelia, closed gentian, and goldenrod. In the forests, look for the vibrant pink, purple, and red fruits of hearts-a-bustin' bushes and the brilliant reds of dogwood berries.

Trip Ideas for Leaf Peepers

Fall TripTales

Slow down and enjoy the splendor of a Tennessee autumn on our Trails & Byways. 

East Tennessee Road Trips
Oct 14 Wine Down Wednesday With Sips N Strokes Nashville, TN Wednesday is the perfect day to take a break from the rut of the work week, so come Wine Down with us. learn more Oct 15 - 17 Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park Oliver Springs, TN There will be a range of events from guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Bog and Dash for Cash! learn more Oct 15 - 18 Boo! at the Zoo Knoxville, TN Knoxville's largest Halloween event, Boo! at the Zoo celebrates 12 nights of safe and not too scary Halloween fun at the Knoxville Zoo. learn more Oct 15 - 16 Jackson Teen Thretre PRESENTS Pocahontas Jackson, TN The Jackson Teen Theatre presents "Pocahontas" on October 15 at 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and October 16 at 7:00 pm. Matinee tickets are &7 and evening performances are $9/10. ***School groups are welcome.*** The "Wordspinner" and the rhythmic beat of the tom-tom open and close this charming musical adventure for all age groups. Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan, delights in playing with Raven, Wolf , and Squirrel. Pocahontas has also made friends with the English settlers of Jamestown, a community struggling with starvation and sickness. This enchanting musical is filled with Native American lore and beautiful music. This play is true to the original legend. For more information and to order tickets call 731.425.8397, email drobinson@cityofjackson.net, or visit www.cityofjackon.net learn more Oct 16 - 17 Go Commando Health & Fitness Expo Clarksville, TN Health and Fitness Expo learn more