The cool breezes of fall are arriving in Tennessee just in time for the first day of autumn. In Smoky Mountains National Park some early color is starting to develop on a few trees. The occasional dogwood tree will have a reddish cast that will develop into brilliant reds later in October. Other species such as sourwood, red maple, witch hobble, sumac and blueberries are also beginning to sport red leaves, especially on trees and shrubs at higher elevation. Overall however, there's not much fall color to see yet, just scattered trees here and there displaying a hint of what they'll become.
With the main fall leaf season still a few weeks away, now is prime time to plan the perfect fall weekend getaway or a weeklong retreat of sightseeing and leaf peeping throughout East, Middle and West Tennessee.
Even though autumn is officially here there is still time to grab one last bit of summer fun like the Gilbert family on Norris Lake this past weekend ---
Check here every week for updates on fall foliage in Tennessee. You'll get reports on the best spots to see the changing colors across the state.Trip Ideas for Leaf Peepers