Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall colors peaking at highest elevations in Smokies

Steve Kemp of the Great Smoky Mountains Association is reporting that fall colors at the highest elevations in Great Smoky Mountains are peaking right now. He goes on to report that peak colors at the higher elevations are predicted to last through October 23.

He also reports that fall colors are still spotty at the lower and mid elevations, but very vibrant in some places. The peak for fall color below elevations of 4000 feet is expected to occur from October 26 through November 6.

Tom Harrington is reporting that some scattered foliage is beginning to show on the way to Laurel Falls, and beyond that, up to Cove Mountain, there is some really brilliant red foliage.

You can read their updated reports over at the GSMA website.

Also, if you want to check out what the fall foliage looks like in a variety of spots across the Mid and Southern Appalachians, check out the comprehensive list of live web cams on the Blue Ridge Country Magazine website.

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Hiking lover said...

Hey, nice post, really well written.
Mats Lundkvist,

JL Minch said...

My wife and I hiked Laurel Falls and above to Cove Mountain. The colors were spectacular.

We also hiked to Charlie's Bunion off the Newfound Gap trail head along a section of the AT trail. the colors were similiarly wonderful.

If it gets better than those colors, I have never seen them.

Thanks, Mother Nature!