OMG Smokies Fall Color

What a difference 2 days has made! From Thursday until Saturday the colors in the Smokies have gone from ho hum to OMG. Everything above 3000 foot elevation is ablaze with color. For all who were looking for the post from a few days ago, my apologies. That problem has now been remedied!

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Unfortunately Clingmans Dome was completely socked in with clouds as the ceiling was about 6000 feet. But from just below the parking lot all the way to Chimneys Picnic area, the trees were popping yellow and red.. And not the subtle varieties of color but the intense hues reserved for postcards and front covers of magazines!

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Since there has been rain coming through the area, the streams were running at more than a trickle ( but not up to winter time levels when we see most of our rain).
Even the area around Roaring Fork was good (lower elevation) and colors there will peak in less than 10 days.

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My thoughts are that color above 3000 foot elevation will peak in the Smokies within the next 7 days (think above Chimneys Picnic Area). If you wait until the last week of October to catch fall color this year, you are going to be sorely disappointed.

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I will be out around the Gatlinburg side most of the this week teaching for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Say hi if you see me in the field!

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