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 10 10th Annual History Hayride by Friends of Edgar Evins State Park and Park Employees Silver Point, TN Ride hay wagons to about 11 stops where costumed re-enactors will reveal the history of the park and area. The audience will remain on the wagons for 1 1/2 to 2 hours while making the circuit inside the park. This is NOT a Halloween themed event. learn more Oct 10 18th Annual Standing Stone Car Show Hilham, TN Antique Car Show learn more Oct 10 Overton County Cruise-In Livingston, TN Car Show learn more Oct 10 Warrior Dash of Tennessee & Warrior Dash World Championships Pulaski, TN The Warrior Dash runs the hills of Milky Way Farm with music, obstacles, competitive racing, and fun. The event includes Warrior Dash World Championships! Visit warriordash.com for information. This is a Red Frog Event. learn more Oct 10 New Redwing Bluegrass Band- Scotland & Company at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more