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Nature's Canvas: The Artistry of Tennessee's Fall Leaves

The timing of when leaves change colors in Tennessee, and in most other parts of the United States, is primarily influenced by the changing seasons and the local climate.


In Tennessee, the peak of fall foliage typically occurs during the months of October and November. However, the exact timing can vary from year to year and is influenced by several factors, including temperature, rainfall, and the specific location within the state.

Here are some of the best views of changing leaves across Tennessee.


East Tennessee

Leaves often begin changing in the higher elevations of the Appalachian Mountains in early to mid-October and gradually progress to lower elevations. The peak foliage in this region usually occurs in late October to early November.

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This iconic national park straddles the border between Tennessee and North Carolina and is renowned for its breathtaking fall foliage. Drive along Newfound Gap Road, Clingmans Dome Road, or hike one of the many trails for spectacular views.

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This 43-mile scenic byway connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, with Robbinsville, North Carolina, and offers stunning views of the surrounding forests and mountains.

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This winding road along the Ocoee River offers stunning views of the Cherokee National Forest in the fall, with vibrant foliage reflecting in the river.


MIDDLE Tennessee

In this region, including cities like Nashville, the foliage typically starts to change in mid to late October, with peak colors occurring from late October to early November.

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This college town in southeastern Tennessee is surrounded by lush forests and offers great hiking opportunities to experience the beauty of fall leaves.

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Tennessee's largest state park features waterfalls and miles of hiking trails, making it an ideal place to enjoy fall colors.

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In Chapel Hill, this park offers hiking trails through hilly terrain and near the Duck River, making it a lovely place to enjoy the autumn scenery.


WEst Tennessee

West TennesseeLeaves in the western part of the state, including Memphis, usually change a bit later than in the eastern and middle regions. You can expect to see the most vibrant colors in late October to early November.

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The Natchez Trace Parkway spans across three states, including Tennessee. Drive along this historic route and enjoy the fall foliage, with various stops for hiking and historical sites.

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Just north of Memphis, this state park has over 13,000 acres of forests along the Mississippi River. Explore its trails and scenic overlooks for glimpses of fall foliage along the riverbanks.

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Found near Henderson, this state park features a lake and hiking trails surrounded by hardwood forests. It's a great place to enjoy fall foliage in a tranquil setting.


For more information about the best places to visit in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Family Vacation Explore page.



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