Tennessee September 09, 2017
Fall Is Coming And Here Are The Most Beautiful Places To See Changing Leaves In Tennessee
Fall is a season full of pumpkin pie, apple cider, crisp mornings, and of course, changing leaves. The smells and sounds of Fall are enough to bring back memories for anyone. While you might have to go back to grandma’s house to get that perfect pumpkin pie, we’ve got some places right here in Tennessee that are absolutely stunning spots to see the changing leaves in their full beauty. How many places can you see this Fall before having to wait until next year?
Big South Fork National Recreation Area is home to some of the most beautiful scenery on the Cumberland Plateau. For a truly unique Fall foliage experience, try the Twin Arches Loop Trail, a 5-mile round trip trail that winds along wooded cliff faces on its way to two natural stone arches.
1. Burgess Falls
Burgess Falls State Park is known for its stunning waterfalls and the beautiful gorge that the river falls through. There is a trail that follows the river from the cascades to the main lower falls, which is the perfect way to see the colors here. We recommend going during a weekday if you can because the park and trail tend to get crowded in the Fall months.
2. Foothills Parkway
Foothills Parkway runs through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The longest completed portion of the parkway (which is still under construction) runs through Blount County along the face of Chilhowee Mountain, and it's one of the most beautiful drives in the state in Summer, let alone Fall.
3. Cherohala Skyway
The Cherohala Skyway got its name from the two National Forests it winds through -- the Cherokee and the Nantahala. This two-lane road begins its Tennessee side in Tellico Plains and winds through the unblemished Cherokee National Forest for 23 miles before crossing in to North Carolina. This road is popular among motorcyclists and sports car drivers due to its many sweeping curves.
4. Old Stone Fort State Park
Old Stone Fort State Park is so named because of an old Native American structure (later named a fort by European settlers) between 1500 and 2000 years ago. The fort was situated between two rivers, and the main trail in the park now follows the original walls of the fort. This is the perfect place to see Fall colors for the history lover because there's a ton of history to learn!
5. Cades Cove
Cades Cove is already one of the most popular and beautiful drives in the country, but during the Fall months? This place is absolutely breathtaking. The 11-mile loop through the Cove is the perfect Fall display for the Great Smoky Mountains, and you can even stop at historical locations along the way to see what life was like for the area's first settlers.
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