Fall Colors & Cabins

Aug 03, 2013

A beautiful scenery of a stream and fall colors in the Great Smoky MountainsFall In the Smokies is just around the corner “When do the Colors of the Leaves peak in the Great Smokey Mountains?” for our staff that question comes up a thousand times a day in September & October. Climate and temperature conditions through the whole year affect the brightness and duration of the leave colors. The best laid plans for the perfect Smoky mountain vacation can be set askew by Mother Nature every time.  Fortunately no matter what the weather is doing, rain or shine it is always for a greater purpose.

Read a little further and you will see why I feel we are in for some great fall foliage … that is, as long the present Smoky Mountain weather the trends continue. I am no Farmer’s Almanac, but as I read the following excerpt from a cool government educational websitefor kids, Gatlinburg Cabins of Heartland Cabin Rentals would like to share the following information. For the leaves to change colors they depend on many environmental factors,

“Perhaps you've noticed that in some years, the red fall colors seem brighter and more spectacular than in other years. The temperature and cloud cover can make a big difference in a tree's red colors from year to year.

When a number of warm, sunny autumn days and cool but not freezing nights come one after the other, it's going to be a good year for reds. In the daytime, the leaves can produce lots of sugar, but the cool night temperatures prevent the sugar sap from flowing through the leaf veins and down into the branches and trunk.

The amount of rain in a year also affects autumn leaf color. A severe drought can delay the arrival of fall colors by a few weeks. A warm, wet period during fall will lower the intensity, or brightness, of autumn colors. A severe frost will kill the leaves, turning them brown and causing them to drop early. The best autumn colors come when there's been the following 3 weather factors occur.

  1. A warm, wet spring (The Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge & Sevierville have had an extremely warm / wet spring)
  2. A summer that's not too hot or dry, and (The Great Smokey Mountains have had plenty of rain / not a dry summer by any means.)
  3. A fall with plenty of warm sunny days and cool nights.” (The Smoky Mountains are presently experiencing pleasant warm days with wonderfully cool evenings!)

I believe we are in for an exceptional fall season – Start planning now and reserve your favorite Gatlinburg Cabin, or Pigeon Forge Cabin early to insure that your fall vacation is a wonderful experience.

Category: Area Information

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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