|Fall Colors for a spectacular view; this is the best time to visit in the fall.|
The park usually experiences an autumn leaf season of several weeks as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from high elevation to low. However, fall color change timing depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of "peak" season are impossible to predict in advance.
From early to mid-October, fall colors develop above 4,000 feet. To enjoy them, drive the Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Foothills Parkway.
The fall color display usually reaches its peak at mid and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This peak is the park's most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.