The leaves are changing very nicely here in Pigeon Forgeand we couldn’t be more excited about the beauty that is currently surrounding us. The highest elevations may be just a little bit past peak and it is said that portions of the mountainsides in the 3,500 – 4,000 elevation range are at full peak color. The colors are fantastic right now in the lower elevations, we’re still seeing some green mixed in with beautiful reds, yellows and oranges. Today we’re starting to see the beginning of a colder temperatures that are forecasted for our area and these lower temps should intensify the colors over the next week or two.
There are some great viewing spots in the Smokies that are reaching their peak quickly, if you’re in town this week or weekend be sure to take a drive or a hike through some of these spots. Cades Cove and the Foothills Parkwaywill be great drives, Cades Cove is great for hiking and biking as well. A few suggested hikeswould be, Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Sugarlands Mountain and Low Gap.
It’s still not to late to visit us in the Smoky Mountains for a beautiful fall vacation!
The days are getting shorter and the nights are growing longer and cooler. This means Mother Nature is getting ready to paint our beautiful mountains colors of reds, yellows and oranges. We couldn’t be more excited about the changing of the season but we were also very excited to see the Smoky Mountains pop up in two Huffington Post articles this Monday morning!
The first article was a list TripAdvisor put together of their favorite destinations to spot fall foliage. The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee came in number four on their list behind, Stowe, Vermont (3), Berkshires, Massachusetts (2) and White Mountains, New Hampshire (1).
Check out some of our favorite fall foliage photos from the Smoky Mountains!
The next article was from Sherman’s Travel who listed 5 Unforgettable Fall Foliage Drives. The Great Smoky Mountains came in the number two spot on this list and they had a couple suggestions on where and when to choose the best drives. The article notes that our elevation differences make the peak foliage season lengthy but hard to pinpoint. Lots of trees in the higher elevations have already started to turn but we might not see peak changes in the lower elevations until as late as the beginning of November. The suggested drives are Clingmans Dome Road in early fall to catch the high elevation changes and you can reach Tennessee’s highest peak at 6,643 feet! Then toward the end of October try the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail where you will pass waterfalls and hiking trails.
We also have a great list of other scenic drives in the Smokies for other great ideas!
DID YOU KNOW? The Great Smoky Mountains have over 100 varieties of deciduous trees? Of these tress that will blanket our mountains in fall foliage are sugar maples, scarlet oaks, sweetgums, red maples, and hickories.
We’re really starting to see the beginning signs of fall here in Pigeon Forge and in the Smoky Mountains. The temperature has dropped and we’re now seeing highs in the 80’s (in the 70’s this weekend) and we’re event starting to see the slightest color change in the higher elevations. There is just a touch of yellow leaves in our mountains, but that is just enough to get us excited about the upcoming fall season.
Coming up this week in Pigeon Forgeevents is the Grand Fall Rod Run which kicks off this Thursday and goes through the weekend and into Monday. If you’re in Pigeon Forge now, you might start to see some of these classic cars start to roll into town for this big event. Also, the Gatlinburg Taste of Autumn is this week and also the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. If you’re not in town this week, be sure to check out all the other fall events that are coming up and you can plan your trip to Pigeon Forge around your favorites! Also, be sure to check out the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival for more fall events and lots of fall fun!