Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 21, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains Fall Color 10/20/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  reports

Colors at mid-elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are becoming impressive as we continue to meander through the autumn season. Though the high elevation trees are past peak, the upper elevation overlooks offer fantastic viewing opportunities of the mid-elevation color change.
At the lower elevations, an array of fall colors is quickly developing. Next week’s forecasted cooler weather should help the remaining green leaves to begin their color change. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tulip poplar, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories.
Good places to see fall color include Little River Road, Newfound Gap Road, Rich Mountain Road, Cataloochee Valley and Deep Creek.

Suggested hikes: Medcalf Bottoms Trail to Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse, Sutton Ridge Overlook (Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail), Kephart Prong Trail, or the Juney Whank Falls Loop trail in Deep Creek.

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