A Family Vacation Guide To The Appalachian Mountains
People come from all over the world to see the Appalachians in
their full glory of magnificent color each autumn of the year, to visit
Dollywood, go fly-fishing, attend the
unique Appalachian Festivals, go camping,
hike the Appalachian Trail, visit Grandfather Mountain, the Cherokee
Indians and so much more!
In autumn, the first trees to exhibit their splendor are the
Poplar, Dogwood, Birch and Sourwood which begin turning color at the end of September. The oak, sweet gum,
beech and hickory trees will maintain their dark summer green foliage for about two more weeks then they
begin to turn also.
Mountain colors normally show their
greatest splendor, or "peak" the third weekend in October, but sometimes they do turn a week or so sooner and
will even last into early November.
For those who like a lot of green in their color scheme the first and second
weekends of October are the best time to visit the mountains and for those who enjoy lots of reds, oranges, yellows
and browns from the third weekend in October till the first weekend in November.
If you plan to spend some time in the Appalachians during October be sure and make your
reservations early! Be sure to have plenty of film (or large digital card) for your camera and a warm jacket
as it does get cool in the mountains. Remember, it takes cool weather to cause the autum colors to explode into their majestic greatness !
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Whether you are planning a hiking, fishing, a trip to Dollywood, an Appalachian Trail
adventure or simply to drink in the autum colors of the Majestic Appalachians your trip should definately
begin here! We have a wealth of information for YOU!