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While Halloween is time for trick or treat, it is also the time fall color gives adventure travelers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park an eye full of orange, yellows, and reds. This park is one of the top visited parks in the national park system and the crowds in the fall hit their peak for Great Smoky Mountain fall color.

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color surrounds a beautiful stream

Although the Smoky Mountains may not be as majestic as the Rocky Mountains or the Sierra Nevadas, fall is when their beauty really shines. You will not find snow capped jagged peaks like you do out west, but since the Smoky Mountains are completely tree covered, you get 5,000 to 6,000 foot mountains ablaze with color.

Several amazing lookouts help leaf peeping enthusiasts get great lookouts over the wide open Appalachian expanse. Clingman’s Dome has a tower at the top of the highest peak in the park. This can be accessed up the Newfound Gap Road. Mt. Cammerer and Mt. Sterling have fire towers on top which delight those who make the effort to reach these destinations.

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color from the Mt. Cammerer observation tower

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color – from the Mt. Cammerer observation tower

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color from Mt. Cammerer

I think the best way to view the colors is just to take any trail along a river anywhere in the park and just walk in the woods. These types of trails are not hard to find in the Smokies. Hearing a mountain stream cascade down the ravine through deep dark forests is what make this park so magical in the fall.

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color Swallow Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountain fall color Swallow Fork Trail near Cosby

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color – Swallow Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountain fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color – Swallow Fork Trail near Cosby

Great Smoky Mountains fall color

Great Smoky Mountain fall color – Swallow Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountains fall color

Great Smoky Mountains Swallow Fork Trail

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