Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 7, 2014

Great Smoky Mt. Fall Color 10/7/14

Fall Leaf Color Updates | Great Smoky Mountains Association has a new report for October 7, 2014

The fall color season is progressing in the Great Smoky Mountains, albeit at a snail’s pace. The very highest elevations are now showing some impressive golds from yellow birch and American beech trees and a few nice pockets of reds from maples. Overall though, it looks like the peak of color in the Smokies will be on the late side this year. At the higher elevations above 4,000’, this is predicted to be October 10-20.

Along Little River Road, and elsewhere at the lower elevations, early-changing species like blackgum, sourwood, dogwood, sumac, black walnut, buckeye, and Virginia creeper are showing patches of nice color.

This is a great time to take a drive on Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Balsam Mountain Road and Lake View Drive near Bryson City. Little River and Laurel Creek roads also offer pleasant fall scenery. A hike to Andrews Bald on Forney Ridge Trail or along the Appalachian Trail toward Silers Bald would be time well spent.

Look for peak color at the lower and mid elevations at the end of October and in early November. The warmer, wet weather this week should keep the pace of change on the slow side.


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