Low elevations are still predominantly green but the progression of fall color from the highest peaks is quickly moving down the mountainsides. Color can now be seen along ridges throughout the park in the mid to high elevation zones. Patches of vibrant reds have developed on black gums, dogwoods, sourwoods, and maples in these areas along with golden yellows from the birches and beech.You can read the full report on the national park website.
Beautiful vistas with fall color can still be seen from Clingmans Dome Road, the higher reaches of Newfound Gap Road, and Balsam Mountain Road. And, be sure to take note of the fall wildflower displays which continue to be especially colorful. Flowers such as purple asters, white asters, pale jewelweed, great blue lobelia, stiff gentian, and golden rod are blooming profusely along roads and trails in the park.
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And if you do plan to visit the Smokies this fall - or even during the upcoming Holiday Season - please take a few moments to check out our Accomodations Listings for a wide variety of lodging options in Gatlinburg, Townsend, Pigeon Forge and the North Carolina side of the Smokies.