It’s almost fall in Tennessee. Start planning your visit to experience 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 8 Student Heritage Day at the Museum of Appalachia Norris, TN Countless opportunities for learning, observing and participating will be offered to students. at the Museum of Appalachia. learn more Oct 8 - 25 Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair Gatlinburg, TN Art, crafts and music lovers will find over 200 booths featuring some of the nation's finest work. learn more Oct 8 - 11 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 8 Shimai Presents: Celebrate Tennessee Craft! Artist Forum at Bellevue Library - Tennessee Craft Week Nashville, TN Artist's Forum featuring Brenda Stein, Sydney Reichman and Elizabeth Sanford. learn more Oct 8 - 31 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Nashville, TN Famous, classic tragicomedy learn more