Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 27, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Color 10/27/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  reports

The fall colors are becoming more evident every day at the mid to lower elevations of the park. This week’s lower temperatures helped to progress the color transition, however, there is still much green visible on the mountains. Peak color at the mid elevation creates the most prominent fall color and the best is still yet to come. The higher ridges, above 4,500 are past peak and the color is moving down the mountainsides creating a patchwork quilt of reds, oranges, and yellows among the currently predominantly green forests. The color should continue to intensify this coming week.

As the leaf color increases, so does the number of autumn leaf peekers. While scenic drives are a good way to see fall color, taking to the trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the splendors of autumn. Suggested easy to moderate rated hikes through hardwood forests include Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers and Porters Creeks Trails. For the more hardy outdoor enthusiasts hikes that provide scenic overlooks include Sugarlands Mountain, Low Gap, Appalachian, Mt. Sterling, and Goshen Prong Trails.

Roads which are providing good displays of color currently are Little River Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and mid elevation ranges along Newfound Gap Road.

See photos at Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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