Everything You Need to Know About the Fall Colors of the Smoky Mountains

Everything You Need to Know About the Fall Colors of the Smoky Mountains

Each year the Smoky Mountains put on one of the greatest shows on earth.  As fall begins, something magical happens in the trees. It is as if Mother Nature breaks out her paint set and begins to create a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors just for the visitors of Bryson City. If you’ve never experienced the fall foliage of the North Carolina Mountains, then this is the year for you to cross a Smoky Mountain fall getaway off your bucket list. This week we have everything you need to plan that perfect trip. 

When to see the fall colors

While we don’t have a crystal ball, there are historically times that give visitors the best chance of seeing the vibrant fall foliage. In general, the best time to see the colors is between late September and early November. While there are several factors that go into the range, length and types of colors you’ll see, this is generally the best time of the year. It is also some of the best weather of the year. Cool temps, low humidity, and clean mountain air. What more could you ask for?

Learn why leaves change color

Have you ever wondered what makes the leaves turn colors? The change of colors each year is one of the true miracles of nature. Here’s how the magic of the fall colors of Bryson City occurs.

During the spring and summer, leaves serve as factories creating the energy necessary for the tree's growth. This process takes place within the tree’s leaves. A key element of this process is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll gives the leaves their green color. Along with the green pigment are yellow to orange pigments. Most of the year these colors are masked by great amounts of green coloring.  But soon those vibrant colors are revealed. How? As the length of daylight and temperature change the leaves stop making food. The Chlorphyll in the leaves begins to break down the color green disappears, and the vibrant reds, yellows, and orange colors appear.

Fun ways to enjoy the fall colors

Your luxury Smoky Mountain cabin rental puts you in the heart of our beautiful fall foliage. There are lots of different ways to get out and see all the vibrant colors around the Smoky Mountains. Here are a few of our favorite ways to take in all of Mother Nature’s beauty. 

Fly fishing

Every fly fisherman knows that trout love cold water. As the temperatures begin to cool off in the fall, the fishing heats up. There are loads of great places to fish within a short drive of any of our luxury cabins. Looking for more information about fly fishing? Check out our previous post: Fly Fishing In the Smoky Mountains


There is no doubt that the best way to see the fall colors is to get out the hiking boots and head into the mountains surrounding Bryson City. There are so many great hikes within minutes of Bryson City. Some hikes are very challenging, and others are easy. Some even include waterfalls and other interesting features. 

Take in the view from your cabin

Want to relax and still take in the view of the best fall foliage in the country? How about watching the beautiful fall colors from the comfort of your back porch? Many of our cabin rentals are located in quiet, secluded locations – perfect for enjoying a morning cup of coffee while surrounded by the vibrant fall colors.  Click here to see our selection of cabin rentals

Bring your motorcycle 

If you are a two-wheeled enthusiast, fall can be a magical time to wander the roads around Bryson City.  Our roads are well maintained, quiet, and perfect for those slow relaxing rides. Take advantage of the cooler temps and break out the motorcycle one last time before winter sets in. To see all of our motorcycle friendly cabins Click here. 

Are you ready to plan your fall vacation getaway? If you are, we have a wonderful selection of cabins, condos, and homes to choose from. Give us a call at 888-604-3075 or click the button below to start planning your Smoky Mountain vacation today. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with Bryson City and our beautiful fall colors.

Everything You Need to Know About the Fall Colors of the Smoky Mountains

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