Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 16, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 10/13/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park reports

The leaves at the higher elevations in the park have edged past their peak and are beginning to fall in earnest. While some trees still cling to leaves of subdued yellows and golds, many are now bare. Especially at the highest reaches of the park, the rich greens of the coniferous trees have regained dominance over their deciduous neighbors. It is only the witch hobble growing close to the ground along Clingmans Dome Road that still offers occasional glimpses of vibrant red and orange.

If you missed peak at the peaks, you still have plenty of time to enjoy beautiful fall colors in the park! Due to its wide range in elevation, the Smokies provides us with an extended show of nature’s fall glory. Color first appears high in the mountains, then sweeps down the ridgelines. The middle elevations of the park have picked up where the higher elevations left off, adopting the radiant sunshine yellows among the beeches and birches. The sourwoods are aglow in ruby red, while the maples are bursting with a myriad of hues. Wildflowers, like the purple asters, are also adding to the vivid display.
The trees at the lower elevations of the park are still predominantly green. While they are biding their time to steal the show, the dogwoods are giving us a glimpse of what is to come. The leaves of some dogwoods are starting to be lined with deep burgundies, while others are taking a more flamboyant approach with a variety of brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows.

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