The Best Times And Places To View Fall Foliage In Tennessee

September tends to be a bit toasty, but the south does seem to flirt with fall before it ever fades completely into autumn. The changing of the seasons have been leaving a few clues, maybe you feel it in the morning mist or perhaps in the cool breeze of twilight. Sure, summer is leaving on a high note (those temperatures!), but sometimes there needs to be a strong departure from something in order to truly love and appreciate a new season. In Tennessee? The most intense change comes from summer to fall. It fades slowly, then the trees explode with color all at once. We found the neatest interactive foliage map right here, a tool that’s released and updated annually to help folks plan for when to see fall colors in Tennessee. Whether you’re on the east side of the state, in the middle or the west, we have the best time for you to view Tennessee fall foliage. Go hiking, take a look!

You can find the updated version of the map right here, perfect for planning autumnal adventures in the heart of Tennessee.

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Happy fall, Tennessee! Don’t miss out on the fall foliage map that shows you when to see fall colors in Tennessee.

It’s a pretty neat season we have coming up, and we can’t wait to experience it alongside all of our favorite Tennesseans. Especially with a winter like this on the horizon…

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When To See Fall Colors In Tennessee

August 31, 2019

What is there to do in Tennessee in the fall?

Tennessee is full of fun experiences throughout the autumnal season. The best thing to do is to get outside and experience the beauty of the local area, to go hiking and canoeing and venturing out into the wild outdoors of the state. Tennessee is the kind of place where you have the opportunity to indulge in fall colors for an extended period of time, and walking the Mississippi or perhaps indulging in a hike on the Cumberland Plateau is perfect for the local adventurer. Check out the fall festivals hosted throughout the season, and don’t miss out on the Oktoberfest experiences found across the state.

Where can I see the best fall foliage in Tennessee?

The peak foliage in Tennessee is perhaps one of the most incredible aspects of the state during the year. The state simply explodes with color, making trips to the Great Smoky Mountains definitely worth the investment. Indulge in a walk around Radnor Lake or drive the Natchez-Trace as you seek the full autumn experience in the Volunteer State.

Why should I visit Tennessee in the fall?

Tennessee is at its most beautiful in the fall. The weather is great, and there’s no better time to experience the beauty of the Volunteer State than when it’s doused in colors of red, orange and burnt yellow and there are leaves changing color in Tennessee. Visit for the fruit picking and fall festivals, visit for the excitement around Oktoberfest and the musical fun that heralds a new season. There’s nothing like the gorgeous face of Tennessee to get you excited for fall!