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.
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11/19

Fall Report

Fall is coming to an end in Tennessee. This will be our final fall foliage report until next year. It’s been a beautiful season drawing millions to visit our state.

 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced a record-setting attendance in October with 1.26 million visitors – the most for an October in 27 years and the fourth highest October ever.

 

Some colors linger in the lower elevations of the Smokies, but most of our leaves are gone in East Tennessee with the unseasonably cold weather and snow this week. Middle and West Tennessee have a scattering of color remaining, but should be gone in the next week.

 

Visit tnvacation.com again soon for our Winter in Tennessee page with up-to-date listings each week for holiday events, festivals, parades and more.

Find the Leaves

West

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

Middle

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

East

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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