Your Questions, Answered: 2014 Fall Foliage in the Smoky Mountains

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BY Highlands 2016-08-08 07:25:10 TRAVEL

Do you absolutely love the fall season in the Smoky Mountains? We do! We are already counting down the days to the fall weather, which is hopefully right around the corner! In one of our recent posts, we shared the Top 5 Reasons You Need to Spend Fall in the Smoky Mountains at Highlands Condos in Gatlinburg. Now, we want to share some details about the best times to visit, and where you can see the brightest colors. Read on to learn all about the fall season in the Smoky Mountains.

Is October the best time to visit the Smoky Mountains? Many visitors think that October is the only time to visit to see the colors of the Smokies. Others are waiting on the ‘first big freeze’ before planning their stay. We’re here to uncover these myths and give you a better idea of what happens in the Smoky Mountains in the fall. It is true that the best time to see the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is October, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only time to see the colors. Although mid to late October is the peak season, the colors will start to arrive at the beginning of the month of October and are expected to last through at least the first couple of weeks of November.

What does the weather have to be to make the leaves change colors? We’re sure you’ve heard that you have to wait on a big freeze before the fall colors start to change. While this is understandable, it’s not completely true. The fall weather, which is much cooler than the summer temperatures,obviously plays a factor into the changing of the colors. When the weather starts to change and the cooler temperatures arrive in the mountains, The cooler temperatures draw out the green pigments, which exposes the reds, yellows and oranges. The fall temperatures will be coolest in the upper elevations, and then the cool weather will move itself to the lower elevations. For this reason, the colors in the upper elevations will begin to change before the lower elevations.

Where are the best places to see the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains? There are plenty of great places in the Smoky Mountains to see the fall foliage. Whether you want to relax from one of our Gatlinburg condo rentals, or you want to see the colors from one of the local attractions, the fall colors will be present all over the area. Here are a few places that are popular spots for visitors who want to see the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains:

You can’t make it to the Smoky Mountains this season? For a view of the Smoky Mountains without having to even be in the Smokies, take a look at this Gatlinburg webcam. With the best view of Gatlinburg, you can appreciate and enjoy the view of the mountaintops right from your own home. We keep the Gatlinburg webcam up and running throughout the year, so any time you are missing the mountains, just load up our webcam and relax. We hope to see you soon!