For the most part, fall colors are already past their peak in the higher elevations of the Smokies and the surrounding Southern Appalachians. However, Tom Harrington from the Great Smoky Mountains Association is reporting that "exceptional fall colors are hanging on at the mid and lower elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains."
For those that still can't get enough of nature's autumn beauty, there are still many places further south where fall colors have yet to reach peak.
In the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Georgia, autumn colors are at their peak right now. You can even check out the live streaming images from the two webcams atop Brasstown Bald.
Fall colors in Talladega National Forest, Bankhead National Forest and Tuskegee National Forest in Alabama are expected to reach peak in mid-November.
Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests in South Carolina are expecting peak fall colors from early to mid-November this year.
To keep up-to-date on the progress of fall colors in all the national forests of the south, please click here. You can also call the National Forest Service Fall Color Hotline at 1-800-354-4595.