This time several years ago, we made the leaf-peeping pilgrimage to see the foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains. It's a 3 hours drive from Chattanooga. For this particular trip, we stopped at Bryson City, the Oconaluftee Visitors Center, Clingmans Dome (highest spot in the Smokies, with elevation of 6,643 feet) and drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Click on the video below to see the road trip!
The vistas were awesome along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the palette was mostly yellow, not the vibrant orange and bright reds that we were used to seeing in New England. Tree diversity and weather are key to some stunning colors. This fall however, family and friends up north reported a disappointing foliage.
|typical fall colors in New Hampshire|
Maybe the artic air blowing in from Canada this week will be the catalyst for the leaves to finally change colors. Good luck!
|Vista along the Blue Ridge Parkway|
|Fall Colors along the Tennessee River||Fall Colors at the Chattanooga Market||Fall Foliage in Chattanooga, Tennessee|