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Cherohala Skyway

Autumn is such a wonderful time of year in East Tennessee. In fact the two most visited states for fall foliage are Tennessee and Virginia. I assumed New England and specifically Vermont would top the list.

Albert Camus said, “Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”

Fall is Whitestone’s busiest time of the year. Watts Bar Lake sparkles as the atmospheric pressure changes. Our canoes and paddleboats offer great forays into the Paint Rock Wildlife/Waterfowl Refuge. The hiking trails offer peaceful walks with leaves carpeting the ground. It is even cool enough that the tennis courts and croquet court gets more use. 

Our guests often tour the Cherohala Skyway in all seasons, but cruising through the mile high Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests in the fall is spectacular. Opening in 1996 at a cost of over $100,000,000, these 42 miles embody the best of fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains.

On the Whitestone Country Inn web site we have a link to a detailed day trip on the Cherohala Skyway. Click on the recreation box and go to “day trips.” The Cherohala day trip gives you information about Bald River Falls, Indian Boundry Lake, great trout fishing and exceptional white water venues. The leaves are already showing their colors and should be beautiful through October.

Whitestone is central to many attractions. Make your reservations today and plan your tour of autumn’s flowering leaves.