Fall leaves in Tennessee

Discussion in 'Tennessee' started by Vicolette, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    When I think of Tennessee, my first vision is of the beauty and solitude within the Great Smoky Mountains and the magnificent views from the top of Clingmans Dome. When visiting during the fall season, you will be surrounded by a rainbow of color combined with fresh air cool enough for a flannel shirt. After a hike through the forest or along the Dome’s trail and you’re back at camp or your hotel, take a moment to relax with a cup of hot cocoa and reflect on the natural beauty you’ve seen throughout the day.
  2. giacobbe

    giacobbe New Member

    Clingmans Dome observation tower

    The observation tower at the top of Clingmans Dome does really offers sweeping views of the park when the weather cooperates though! By the way, anyone not in great shape should know that it's about half a mile uphill to the top. If you're not in good shape, just take your time, plenty of picture opportunities on the way up;)
  3. mitraveler

    mitraveler New Member

    A few weeks ago, my friend called me from the top of Clingmans Dome. She just loved the views and wanted to tell me about them. She had her mother-in-law along and a granny, too, so this is an activity that the whole family can enjoy.
  4. breakonsun

    breakonsun New Member

    leaf-peeping in Tennessee

    Tennessee is filled with hundreds of places where you can see spectacular Autumn scenery, but the drawback is that you’ll have plenty of company out there. Most leaf-peepers tend to head to the mountains like the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg so I would avoid this spot particularly in October. Instead, head to ess popular places like Balsam Mountain which is just outside of Cherokee, or even Edwin Warner and Percy Warner parks.
  5. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    I'd also suggest when heading out to be a leaf-looker, fill up your tank, bring some water, snacks, cell phone, and a map and venture off the beaten trail. Take some scenic side roads, travel through out of the way places and small cities to capture the moment. The major parks are fantastic to visit and the views, awesome, but there will be crowds if you visit during the height of the leaf changing season. Be adventurous and take those winding roads. You may be surprised at what you'll find and see along the way.
  6. Cabin_Man

    Cabin_Man New Member

    The nearby Smokey Mountain National Park offers many hiking and nature trails for the nature loving family. If you are not interested in the woods or fresh mountain air, the culture of and history of Gatlinburg is interesting and entertaining. As well as lots of museums of local history, there are also fun Hollywood adventures to be had in Gatlinburg, and let’s not forget about all the Gatlinburg Cabins.
  7. Vicolette

    Vicolette Super Moderator

    Gatlinburg is one of my all time favorite places to visit during the spring and fall. So much to do and see especially if you venture off the beaten path. I especially enjoy the drive from Gatlinburg taking the scenic routes. Another favorite spot to visit is Cherokee, NC. Lots of entertainment, trails, casinos. Something for everyone.

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