August 24, 2021
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park placed 8th in the Top 10 National Parks in the US and is the top-visited National Park in the US, welcoming well over 12 million visitors a year. The Smoky Mountains are beautiful year-round but fall brings with it beautiful cool weather, crisp mountain air, golden fall wildflowers, and spectacular fall-foliage viewing.
The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are one of the best fall foliage spots in the US. October is peak season in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and as the fall colors intensify, so do the crowds! The surrounding gateway towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville bustle with visitors so booking your fall vacation in advance is highly recommended!
When to Plan your Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage Experience
The fall foliage season is dependent on many natural factors, and it can be hard to predict and plan your trip around the changing colors. The leaves begin to turn as early as late September in the higher elevations over 4,000 feet and on average last up to 7 weeks as the turn of vibrant colors continues to the lower elevations up to early November. You are guaranteed a beautiful display of colors from early to mid-October in most Smoky Mountain vacation destinations.