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Crisp days and cooler nights have brought sweeping views of fall color to the Great Smoky Mountains, especially in the lower elevations. The higher sections of the national park saw most leaves blown from the trees during last week’s storms. Half of the trees in and around Cades Cove’s lower elevations are still green. However, moving up the mountain peaks you will see fully developed color above 3,500 feet. The National Park Service estimates the valley floor is still a week away from full color.
In the Upper Cumberland, recent temperatures in the mid-30s are helping the color transition. Beautiful golds and vibrant reds are in abundance in the higher elevations. A mix of color with green can be seen in the lower areas. The region should be at peak in the next two weeks.
An array of colors in Southeast Tennessee is starting to pop through the green foliage, particularly in the higher regions outside of Chattanooga.
West Tennessee continues to have green foliage with limited color. Middle Tennessee has scattered reds and golds throughout, but most of the terrain is still rather green. The cold snap this week and lower temperatures forecasted in the coming weeks should help the foliage move to more color in Middle and West Tennessee.
Thanks to Instagram user @kenbruger for the photo.