Fall Foliage
It’s Fall in Tennessee. Around here, we look forward to this season every year. Harvest festivals. Football. Pumpkin patches. Corn mazes. Hayrides. Live music. And, of course our beautiful Fall foliage. In Tennessee, we’re as famous for Fall leaf watching as our music.

Fall Report

Dazzling fall colors can be seen from Memphis to Bristol this week. Although we are about two weeks from peak season in West and parts of Middle Tennessee, our foliage in East Tennessee should be moving into peak colors next week.


The Upper Cumberland is in high color with gorgeous views around the Big South Fork area. The lower elevations are still partially green with an array of colors breaking through.


The Cherohala Skyway in Southeast Tennessee has portions of moderate and high color, which make for a breathtaking excursion.


In the Great Smoky Mountains, lower and middle elevations are stunning with brilliant reds of maple trees along with golds, yellows and oranges. Cades Cove is quite busy in the national park with heavy traffic viewing a stunning valley floor. The park service asks for visitors to be patient when traveling Cades Cove and other areas of the park with the high number of visitors. Relax, take your time and enjoy a beautiful fall that could only be Made in Tennessee.

Find the Leaves


Bordering the mighty Mississippi River, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is perfect for leaf watching from its many miles of hiking trails and two lakes. Stop by the Shelby Forest General Store and order the cheeseburger, a Justin Timberlake favorite. While traveling in West Tennessee, take in these other parks:


Chickasaw State Park
Natchez Trace State Park
Paris Landing State Park
Pickwick Landing State Park
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Reelfoot Lake State Park

Find the Leaves


Beautiful views abound in Middle Tennessee, including Savage Gulf, a 15,590-acre state natural area, carved into the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in Grundy and Sequatchie Counties. The sheer sandstone cliffs and canyons make it one of our most rugged and scenic areas. Stone Door, a 10-by-100-foot crack, stretches from the top of the escarpment into the gorge, like a giant door left ajar. More than 50 miles of hiking trails are here along with backcountry camping and picnic areas. You’ll also want to explore:


Big South Fork River and National Recreation Area
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Long Hunter State Park
Pickett State Park
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological State Park

Find the Leaves


Our most famous Fall scenes can be found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with colorful vistas found touring Cades Cove, hiking through the 800 miles of trails or riding up New Found Gap Road, where you can stop and see for what seems forever. Discover these other leaf viewing spots in East Tennessee:

Big Ridge State Park
Cherohala Scenic Skyway
Roan Mountain State Park
Warriors’ Path State Park
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

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