Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 3, 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fall Color 11/3/17

Great Smoky Mountains National Park  reports

The full majesty of fall color has arrived at the Smokies! Color is in abundance now throughout the park as the mid-elevation range color transition has commenced. The recent nighttime cool temperatures followed by a few nice sunny days have advanced the fall color progression to the beginning of peak autumn color. The color should continue to intensify this coming week and provide visitors with a spectacular fall color display.

Areas providing excellent sightseeing opportunities with beautiful scenery include the most popular wildlife viewing areas of Cades Cove and Cataloochee. Traffic in these locations will be heavy through mid-November, as well as the park’s main thoroughfare on Newfound Gap Road. Saturday afternoons and evenings often experience the most congestion, with backups lasting for over an hour or more. Mornings are traditionally not as busy as late afternoons.

Roads providing views of good displays of fall color: Cades Cove Loop Road, Cherokee Orchard Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Foothills Parkway segments on the east and west side of the Park; and Little River Road

Suggested easy to moderate rated hikes through hardwood forests include Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers, Porters Creeks Trails, Rich Mountain Loop, Chestnut Top Trail, Boogerman Trail, and Sutton Ridge Overlook along the Lower Mt. Cammerer.

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