Best Fall Color Locations
The Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee
;e stunning Blue Ridge Parkway provides endless lookout points where you
can see for more than 50 miles on a clear day. ;e di;erent elevations guarantee
that a huge range of colors can be viewed at any one time.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful drives is along Highway 441 between Cherokee, NC, and Gatlinburg, TN. ;e best time of the year for these scenic views tends
to be the last two weeks in October, but it’s well known that the Blue Ridge Mountains
put on one of the longest-running autumn leaf color displays in the country.
With the eclectic mountain towns of Asheville and Boone in the mountains of
North Carolina, this entire region o;ers great places to stay, fabulous restaurants to
frequent, and live music galore, all surrounded by miles and miles of vivid fall colors.
Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina
Grandfather Mountain is probably one of the most famous and beloved mountains along
the Blue Ridge. Located near the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Linville, NC, Grandfather Mountain is also one of the tallest in North Carolina with an elevation of 5,946 feet, and because
of this, Grandfather provides one of the ;rst peeks of the fall colors. ;e show begins at the
highest elevations in early October, and gradually works its way down the range until early
Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia
At two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep, Tallulah
Gorge is one of the most spectacular canyons on the East
;ere’s even a suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom,
providing another perspective of the river and waterfalls for those feeling the
call of adventure.
Only Mother Nature knows exactly when the leaves will change, but peak
color in Georgia is usually toward the end of October or early November.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Located in Bryson City, NC, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad o;ers a unique way
of enjoying the memorable display of passionate-red sugar maples, creamy poplars, and
;roughout October and into November, the Railroad provides a range of di;erent
options so that you can relish the splendor for a pleasurable hour or enjoy a longer
journey through gorges, across rivers, and around lakes.
Oconee National Forest, Georgia
When fall makes its much-anticipated appearance in
northern Georgia, Brasstown Bald near Blairsville provides an unforgettable viewing. As the state’s highest peak, standing at 4,784
feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald is among the ;rst to display the fall colors.
Georgia’s State Parks o;er an online “Leaf Watch” travel planner, found at