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 9 - 11  Pink Palace Crafts Fair - Tennessee Craft Week Memphis, TN  Juried, fine craft fair in its 43rd year, featuring fine artisan crafts, demonstrating,  traditional and culinary craftsmen. learn more Oct 9 Sunset Music Series Concert: Townsend, TN Sarah Pirkle and Jeff Barbra learn more Oct 9 - 11 Museum of Appalachia's 36th Tennessee Fall Homecoming Clinton, TN Sensational Lineup slated for 2015 Tennessee Fall Homecoming learn more Oct 9 - 10 Annual Goats Music and More Festival Lewisburg, TN Annual Goats, Music and More Festival at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, Tennessee is fun for the entire family. Annual Gallop 5K, Goat Rodeo for kids and more. learn more Oct 9 - 11 Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia Norris, TN Come and visit the most extensive and authentic gathering of old-time musicians and pioneer-type craftspeople in the country. The three-day Homecoming is one of the nation's largest and most authentic music and folk festivals. learn more