Map: When and where to see peak fall foliage
Extreme heat is loosening its grip on Tennessee — nighttime temperatures could reach the 50s later this week.
- That must mean fall is getting closer. We can almost hear the leaves crunching under our feet.
Driving the news: Using historical weather reports, tree species info and user data, travel brand SmokyMountains.com put together 2023 foliage prediction maps of the U.S.
- In Middle Tennessee, leaves should start changing colors in a month or so, according to the predictions.
- The Nashville area will likely pass its peak fall colors by mid-November.
Be smart: Leaves will start changing earlier in East Tennessee, so plan accordingly if you want to catch the most dazzling colors the Great Smoky Mountains have to offer.
- Gatlinburg and the surrounding area will see fall foliage at its peak in about a month.
The big picture: The mountains may be the star of the leaf-peeping season, but there are plenty of other options.
- You can round out a brunch visit to the Loveless Cafe with a scenic drive down the Natchez Trace Parkway for a view of stunning autumnal vistas from the comfort of the passenger seat.
- If you want to venture a little farther, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky is a 90-minute drive.
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