Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage
Beautiful Fall Colors of the Smokies
Fall brings new views of brightly colored changing leaves and fall foliage to the Smoky Mountains. The mountain terrain is a perfect showcase with much of the greenery turning to shades of bright oranges, deep reds and golden yellows. Relaxing on the deck of a cabin enjoying a coffee while sitting back in a rocking chair or relaxing in a hot tub with the view overlooking the peaks of the Smoky Mountain fall foliage beyond is a great way to bring a moment of tranquility to your day.
Each year late September through early November the Smoky Mountain area offers an amazing experience with the views from the changing fall foliage of the smoky mountains annually bringing over a million visitors to the area. Each year the peak time to visit varies for the fall foliage, if you need to plan a vacation in advance though the best time to see the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is typically between the second and third weeks of October. While enjoying the beauty of the changing fall foliage colors in the Smoky Mountains is enough of a reason to choose the fall as a time to visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg the weather is just as encouraging with the hot and humid days of summer giving way to mildly warm days and cool brisk evenings. It is a great time of year for grilling on the deck of a cabin or roasting hot dogs and smores over a fire pit underneath a starry blanket evening.
While planning your fall vacation to the Smoky Mountains you will have many options for how you see the colors of the fall foliage smoky mountains either enjoy the outdoors up close and hands with physical activity or just taking in the view with more comfort. Some great options to plan on enjoying picture perfect moments include: zip lining, a helicopter ride, horseback riding, a drive through the mountains, or standing on the observation tower of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
The colors of the fall foliage will not be the only natural beauty that you will focus your camera lenses on a black bear, deer, squirrel, chipmunk, or raccoon may likely be seen in the background of the pictures you take home. With many of the animals that are a natural part of the wildlife of the Smoky Mountains hibernating or becoming inactive in the winter months they are the most active in the fall collecting nuts, berries, and such. If you are interested in capturing images of wildlife the best place to visit is Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park offers a driving trail as well as options for hiking and biking trails.
Thomas Greene is a writer and travel enthusiast and enjoys blogging about things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Some of his interests include hiking, mountain-climbing, whitewater rafting, photography, and writing. He has a passion for life and is a regular contributor to Smoky Mountain Vacation Guide. He has traveled all over the world and currently resides in Knoxville.