We have officially entered into the dog days of this sweltering summer heat here in Maryland. Soon enough the wind will grow chilly and crisp, the sky will take on that special blue quality, and perhaps most importantly, the leaves and needles on the trees will start to bronze and fall, creating some of the most spectacular natural beauty we can hope to experience. This also means that it’s time for me to start obsessing over one of my favorite autumn traditions – the Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage map. For the past ten years this handy tool has been available to those of us who like to keep tabs on the county-by-county leaf changes, and the map is incredibly useful if you’re a nature nut who’s trying to plan an excursion to see the magic of autumn saturate the skyline. Today we’ve used it to map out some of the best places to visit if you’re hoping to enjoy this autumnal treat in the Old Line State, and what dates are currently predicted to give you the most bang for your buck.