Here Are The Best Times And Places To View Alabama’s Fall Foliage In 2023
By Lisa Battles|Published September 15, 2023
Lisa has traveled the U.S. for over a decade, seeking out and sharing the stories of its most interesting places, people, and experiences. A journalism graduate of Auburn University, she has been a content strategist, editor, and writer for more than 25 years. Lisa has worked in community news, PR, and marketing with a focus on tourism, hospitality, and economic development. Besides following her curiosity around every corner, she's a devoted dog mom of two and advocate for animal welfare.
While Alabama may be best known for its evergreen longleaf pines (the official state tree), we have a host of hardwoods that put on a spectacular show every autumn. Fall in Alabama brings blazing red maples, glimmering gold and amber cottonwoods and elms, blood-orange hornbeams, mustard river birches, and too many more to list. And then there are the sweetgums that display everything from purple and red to yellow and orange – sometimes all at once.
I will always love seeing changing leaves because of a thought passed on by my mother, who said fall is her favorite season simply because it’s when trees do a gracefully beautiful job of reminding us that change is necessary for the cycle of life. Considering our state is almost 70 percent forest land, we’re wise to listen when they speak.
So, when do leaves change in Alabama? Generally, it’s from mid-October through November’s first week or two. Luckily, you can watch fall color’s progression with this fall foliage prediction map courtesy of the Smoky Mountains organization.
For the best bird’s eye views of fall color, check out our roundup of the best overlooks in Alabama. Some are within the parks noted here, and you’ll discover a few more. Let us know your favorite places for watching the leaves change in Alabama.
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