There is no better time to be at White Oak Lodge and Resort than Fall, when holiday crafts and festivals abound, and the leaves blaze from the Smokies in a fierce spectrum of color. And that part is coming sooner than you think.
People tend to think mid-October is when fall color befalls Gatlinburg, but it actually begins in September, when shorter days and cooler nights create the perfect recipe for change. Fall color makes its way along the mountains and can be seen it its full glory from October 1 through mid-November.
While the typical peak of fall leaf color is at the middle to lower elevations where the greatest diversity of trees live, emerging changes above 4,000 feet begin the parade of fall colors, which then moves down the mountainsides into the valleys of the Smoky Mountains.
Where are the best places to see fall in all its glory? It depends on the time of year.
September’s suggested hikes are:
October’s suggested hikes are:
Of course, you can always kick back on your balcony or porch at White Oak Lodge and Resort and enjoy the beautiful view from there.
Have you taken any fall hikes or road tours through the Smokies? Tell us about your favorites.
Cover photo courtesy of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.