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5 Tips to Enjoy the East Tennessee Fall Colors

The fall season is one of the most amazing times of the year in East Tennessee. The cooler weather and changing colors provide a time of beauty and reflection that make it unique and special for many people. While many are familiar with the magnificence of the fall foliage in New England and other hot spots East Tennessee is a rival in almost every way.

From the Smoky Mountains with 800+ miles of hiking trails to the Cherohala Skyway driving tour to the amazing lakes, waterfalls and rivers that highlight the fall colors; East Tennessee is a great spot for a getaway to relax, experience the beauty of the trees, and reflect on the past year.

To help you get the most out of the East Tennessee fall colors we share 5 tips you should know to have an amazing experience this year.



Time Your Stay for Peak Foliage

The peak time varies from year to year but the last two weeks in October and first week in November should be great weeks this year for the best East Tennessee fall colors.

Know the Elevation Effect

The leaves change first at the highest elevations in the Smoky Mountains and quickly move down to the rest of East Tennessee. If lower elevations aren’t full of color yet driving the Cherohala Skyway or hiking in the Smokies should give you a brilliant display of color and amazing views.

Immerse Yourself in Nature

One of the great ways to fully enjoy the fall season is to get into the forest and enjoy the peace, beauty, and tranquility it delivers. With 4+ miles of hiking trails here at Whitestone and over 800 miles of trails in the Smokies you shouldn’t have a problem finding a trail to enjoy.


Watch the Weather

The average temperature during October in East TN is in the low 70s during the day and high 40s at night. Rainfall is typically only 3 inches for the entire month. But the weather can change quickly so be sure to bring good hiking boots, warm clothes, and a rain jacket so you are ready to venture out and still enjoy the fall season despite the weather.


Choose Your Style

Getting out and hiking a couple miles of trails is a great way to experience the Fall colors. For many though a driving tour is a better option. We think The Cherohala Skyway is the best drive. Getting out on Watts Bar Lake in a kayak or canoe is a unique vantage point. Or you can even find a scenic helicopter tour in the Smoky Mountains.

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The gorgeous fall colors of East Tennessee are on full display during the month of October and first of November. It’s a great time to enjoy the beauty of the East Tennessee fall colors. Many use our East Tennessee bed and breakfast as a relaxing home base as they explore during their fall getaway or they just enjoy the 360 acres and miles of hiking trails right here on our property. Check our availability or call the front desk at 865-376-0113.

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