Those fall colors are starting to pop up around East Tennessee, so we decided to make a list of some favorite spots in our area to view the leaves changing!
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is no doubt the number one destination in our region to view the fall colors. Thousands of tourists travel to the Smokies every fall to take in the beautiful scenery. Cades Cove is always a popular spot, but here are a few other options with less crowds… The Greenbrier area of the park offers scenic picnic spots and abundant trails like the hike to Ramsey Cascades. The North Carolina side of the Smokies has considerably less traffic in the autumn months. The Oconaluftee Visitor’s Center near Cherokee is a great place to start your adventure.
HOUSE MOUNTAIN NATURAL AREA
Just a short drive from downtown Knoxville, House Mountain has plenty of hiking and scenic views of the Smokies, Cumberland Mountains, and surrounding area. If you only have a half day to spend in nature’s splendor, then the close proximity and beauty of House Mountain is the place for you!
NORRIS DAM STATE PARK
Norris Dam State Park is a short drive up I-75 in Anderson County. The park offers boating, fishing, camping, historical landmarks, and miles of hiking trails. One of our favorite spots is the old barn and grist mill sitting next to Clear Creek just off US 441. This state park is a less crowded spot to take in the fall colors this time of year!
The Cherohala Skyway is made up of 43 miles of winding highway with sweeping mountains views as far as the eyes can see. The skyway connects Tellico Plains, TN to Robbinsville, NC with countless scenic overlooks in between. Don’t miss the beautiful Bald River Falls located a short drive off the skyway near Tellico Plains!
BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as America’s favorite drive and after a few miles you will discover why. The parkway stretches 469 miles from Cherokee, NC to Afton, VA with several iconic landmarks along the way. There are numerous entry points, making the BRP easily accessible along it’s route. Scenic mountain range views with changing fall leaves are around every corner!
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