5 Ways To Enjoy The Fall Foliage In The Great Smoky Mountains Of North Carolina

There is no season quite as magical as fall in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. As temperatures slowly begin to drop, the leaves transition to brilliant hues of red, gold, and orange, and the effect is mesmerizing.

Head to Bryson City, North Carolina and you’ll find yourself completely surrounded by opportunities to enjoy the fall landscape. Whether it’s a scenic excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, a drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a zip line adventure, hike, or something else altogether, you’ll be enchanted by your time in the mountains. When planning your visit, keep in mind that higher-elevation areas tend to experience the changing colors first and work their way down over a 5-6 week period. So without further ado, here are 5 ways you can enjoy the fall foliage in the mountains of North Carolina:

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