From lush forests bursting with crimson leaves to rolling hills speckled with burnt orange and amber, Tennessee comes alive with a striking display of color in the fall. Unfortunately, those with red-green color deficiency can’t see the full spectrum of autumnal colors and often miss out on the season’s splendor. So, we developed the first scenic viewers designed to help alleviate red-green color deficiency. This cutting-edge technology not only allows people with red-green color deficiency to enjoy the beauty of fall, but it also helps them see all the vivid colors that adorn the state’s landscape year-round.
These scenic viewers are located in some of Tennessee’s most picturesque locations, so visitors can experience the best fall foliage the state has to offer. Visit these locations for a firsthand look at nature’s spectacular colors.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Become one with nature at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, which spans 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau and offers scenic hiking, beautiful gorges and picturesque overlooks. In addition to the wide variety of hiking trails, the park also has places to bike, horseback ride and fish. Take a short jaunt to one of the scenic bluffs and see the Cumberland River running beneath you or venture up to the Twin Arches and look out onto the breathtaking landscape on top of the giant natural rock formations.
Ober Gatlinburg provides some of the most awe-inspiring views of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so hop on the aerial tram for a 360-degree view of thousands of acres of lush forests and picturesque mountain peaks in every direction. Thrill-seekers can watch the scenery whiz past on the ski mountain coaster, which takes riders down 2,750 feet of twists and turns through the forest. With numerous places to hike, camp and explore, there are endless ways to venture through the Smoky Mountains.
I-26 Westbound Scenic Overlook
This lookout point on I-26 has incredible views of East Tennessee’s landscape. Pack up the car as this overlook is the perfect place to start a scenic road trip across Tennessee. Stop to stretch your legs and check out the stunning backdrop of hills and valleys dappled in color. From this vantage point, visitors can see miles and miles of peaks and valleys.
We hope these scenic viewers will enable even more people to enjoy autumn in Tennessee. Take a look out our outdoor leisure page for more ideas on how to experience natural beauty throughout the state.