Fall Color reports

About thirteen trillion leaves fall in the Great Smoky Mountains each and every year, which means there are plenty of chances to catch the mountains’ world-famous autumn colors from just about anywhere in the park. Fall leaf color in the Smokies generally peaks between mid-October and mid-November, but the park offers a moving feast for the eyes any time from late September through early November thanks to its rich arboreal diversity and wide range of elevation. Sunny days and crisp, cool nights are thought to bring out the very best colors.

Keep up with the changing leaves by reading our regular fall color reports carefully curated by expert Smokies naturalist Tom Harrington.

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Great Smokies

Welcome Center

Hours of Operation

(subject to change)

Open year round (closed December 25)

January - February

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

March - November

Open Daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open Daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Great Smokies Welcome Center is located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can get information about things to see and do in and around the national park and shop from a wide selection of books, gifts, and other Smokies merchandise. Daily, weekly, and annual parking tags for the national park are also available.

Physical Address

7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend TN 37882


865.436.7318 Ext 320