Fall Color Report Update

The peak week is finally here! After a slow start, leaves all over the Smoky Mountains have turned and created spectacular views.

This weekend, almost anywhere you go in Great Smoky Mountains National Park you will see a full-fledged display of fall color. The mid-elevations of the Smokies have finally reached their peak color season and there’s no better time for viewing than right now.

Leaves begin changing color at the higher elevations first and the display gradually works its way down to lower elevations. Because of the unpredictable nature of the leaves it’s hard to say how long the current mid-elevation peak will last. It could be for another week or so or it might barely last through the weekend. Lower elevations are expected to enter their peak next week and on into the early parts of  November.

If you’re going to be visiting Pigeon Forge and the surrounding area this weekend or next week you definitely need to plan on taking a drive into the national park. A trip up Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road or the Cades Cove Loop Road should all provide breathtaking views.