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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 24, 2012

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color and Wildflower Reports 9/24/12

The Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association has Fall Color and  late season Wildflower updated reports 9/24/12

Fall Leaf Color Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association.

September 24

Curry Mountain Trail (Beginning to End) – Some really nice colors on some of the Sourwood, Dogwood, Blueberries, Red Maples, and Sugar Maples.   One Ridge Across Little River  from Curry Mountain Trail (half mile in) has a group of trees with nice colors.

Curry Mountain Trail (Beginning to End) – Some really nice colors on some of the Sourwood, Dogwood, Blueberries, Red Maples, and Sugar Maples.   One Ridge Across Little River  from Curry Mountain Trail (half mile in) has a group of trees with nice colors.

September 22

Nice splashes of fall color are now appearing in the Great Smoky Mountains. At the lower elevations, early changers like black gum, Virginia creeper, and sourwood are showing bright reds. At the mid elevations, yellow buckeyes are shifting toward gold while yellow birch, American beech, and some maples are showing patches of color.

At the highest elevations, fall has arrived. American mountain-ash has changed to orange or yellow and witch-hobble has gone to burgundy. The peak of color at the high elevations will likely occur around September 24-30.

At the lower and mid elevations fall color is likely to peak in late October or early November.

Wildflowers continue to be spectacular with jewelweed, goldenrod, New York ironweed, and great blue lobelia putting on a brilliant show.

Recommended hikes include Clingmans Dome Tower, Forney Ridge Trail to Andrews Bald, Road Prong, Thomas Divide, Mt. Cammerer Tower, and Charlies Bunion. Good drives are the Blue Ridge Parkway, Balsam Mountain Road, and Clingmans Dome Road.

Wildflower Updates

September 24

Meigs Mountain – (From Jakes Creek Trail to Curry Mountain Trail) – Early Goldenrod, Mountain Gentian, Curtis Aster, Black Cohosh (2), White Snakeroot, and Whitewood Aster.

Curry Mountain – (Beginning to End) – Great Lobelia, Curtis Aster, Whitewood Aster, Pale Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Curtiss Milkwort, and Wingstem.

September 21

Grapeyard Ridge (Beginning to End) – Whitewood Aster, White Snakeroot, Early Goldenrod, Curtis Aster, Mountain Gentian, False Foxglove (1), Pink Turtleheads, Great Lobelia, and Wild Phlox.

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