Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 12, 2016

 Great Smoky Mountains Fall Colors 10/4/16

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service) reports

October 11,2016

Low elevations are still predominantly green but the progression of fall color from the highest peaks is quickly moving down the mountainsides. Color can now be seen along ridges throughout the park in the mid to high elevation zones. Patches of vibrant reds have developed on black gums, dogwoods, sourwoods, and maples in these areas along with golden yellows from the birches and beech.

Beautiful vistas with fall color can still be seen from Clingmans Dome Road, the higher reaches of Newfound Gap Road, and Balsam Mountain Road. And, be sure to take note of the fall wildflower displays which continue to be especially colorful. Flowers such as purple asters, white asters, pale jewelweed, great blue lobelia, stiff gentian, and golden rod are blooming profusely along roads and trails in the park.

Suggested scenic drives: Newfound Gap Road with a side trip along Clingmans Dome Road

Suggested hikes: This week would be an excellent time to hike on trails leading to high elevations.

For photos and updates from the park, visit our official social media pages!




You can also check out the park’s webcams to see what the park looks like today:
Purchase Knob (high elevation)
Look Rock (middle elevation)


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