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Oct 17, 2017 09:06:37   #
In-lightened
 
I am looking for an opportunity to do some fall color and wondered if any of the hogs have knowledge of the Townsend area and the park. Some of the reports say peak is this week or next. My experience with internet reporting of color is less than stellar. I am also looking for waterfalls in the area or out of the park. Perhaps there is something better than and less crowded than the park would be?
Thanks for your help!

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Oct 17, 2017 09:15:30   #
rustfarmer
 
Try Brevard, NC for tons of waterfalls.

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Oct 17, 2017 09:18:33   #
In-lightened
 
rustfarmer wrote:
Try Brevard, NC for tons of waterfalls.


Thanks for the suggestion. Is the color good there?

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Oct 17, 2017 09:19:39   #
tomad (a regular here)
 
Best waterfall area in NC imho:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/waterfalls/@35.1434428,-83.1185436,10z

Edit, for some reason I can't get the above link to all be a link, use the last part of the link too!

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Oct 17, 2017 09:24:22   #
In-lightened
 
tomad wrote:
Best waterfall area in NC imho:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/waterfalls/@35.1434428,-83.1185436,10z

Edit, for some reason I can't get the above link to all be a link, use the last part of the link too!


Any knowledge about the color for next week? I have plenty of waterfall pics with little color around them. Thanks!

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Oct 17, 2017 09:28:02   #
Sassenach
 
I was in Cades Cove last week. Leaves were just beginning to change. Our weather cooled down this week, so I think the colors will peak this weekend.

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Oct 17, 2017 09:34:22   #
HallowedHill
 
Since your going to be in Townsend, try Abrams Creek from the south end of the Park. Little used trail along the creek to the falls. If you have to vehicles, the trail and creek run through to Cades Cove.

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Oct 17, 2017 09:35:55   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
Color depends on the altitude as well. I've gone around this time in years past & it had been too early...

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Oct 17, 2017 10:53:08   #
In-lightened
 
Sassenach wrote:
I was in Cades Cove last week. Leaves were just beginning to change. Our weather cooled down this week, so I think the colors will peak this weekend.


That's what happened to me in UP Michigan...a week too early. It's always a guess and in the hands of weather. The cool down should make the colors pop. Maybe next week will offer good color. Leaf drop around water is one of my favs. Really appreciate your sharing!

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Oct 18, 2017 06:17:47   #
travisdeland
 
In-lightened wrote:
I am looking for an opportunity to do some fall color and wondered if any of the hogs have knowledge of the Townsend area and the park. Some of the reports say peak is this week or next. My experience with internet reporting of color is less than stellar. I am also looking for waterfalls in the area or out of the park. Perhaps there is something better than and less crowded than the park would be?
Thanks for your help!


I'll be in Townsend, next week-arriving for the Great Smokey Mountains Photo Summit. As suggested, the Cades Cove area of the park is a good start. The Foothills Parkway, back toward Walland, offers some excellent vistas, as does the Newfound gap road going toward Clingmans dome and Cherokee. Here's a link to the park's webpage, which has maps in a downloadable PDF form.

https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Townsend is the best area to stay, in my opinion-they call it the "quiet side of the Smokies" for a reason

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Oct 18, 2017 08:20:01   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
We stayed at a friends cabin in Kodak, Tennessee the last time we went but have stayed in Gatlinburg before as well. Besides images, if you are a fan of the outdoors, be sure to visit the Smoky Mountain Knife Works in Sevierville, Tennessee...
In Cades Cove...
In Cades Cove......
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The cabin
The cabin...
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inside the cabin
inside the cabin...
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Oct 18, 2017 08:48:39   #
TN. Photo taker
 
I am looking out the window at the Smoky Mountains now at about 8:30 A.M. and the color is beautiful ----Green. At about 3000ft, no color yet. A few trees are turning yellow, not much reds. Dog woods have turned. My guess about another week or two for full color. Lots of water photo ops, falls and mountain streams. Here it is beautiful no matter what season!

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Oct 18, 2017 08:52:12   #
HillbillyHiker
 
Try the road at Tremont(just inside the park from Townsend and on the way to Cades Cove) to the end. It follows a large creek and gets more spectacular as you get to the end of the road. If you are a hiker there is a trail from there that continues to follow the creek. There is a really nice cascade and lots of small falls along the trail. This trail is an old railroad so it never gets steep.

Also a road that exits the Cades Cove loop is the Rich Mountain Rd. Very nice with some good views of the Cove.

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Oct 18, 2017 09:51:54   #
joepeva
 
As has been suggested by others, if you are looking to spend some time shooting waterfalls the Brevard/Highlands/Asheville area offers several good opportunities. Dry Falls near Highlands is one of my favorites. Have a wonderful trip, the area you have chosen is very special.

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Oct 18, 2017 09:56:24   #
Screamin Scott (a regular here)
 
TN. Photo taker wrote:
I am looking out the window at the Smoky Mountains now at about 8:30 A.M. and the color is beautiful ----Green. At about 3000ft, no color yet. A few trees are turning yellow, not much reds. Dog woods have turned. My guess about another week or two for full color. Lots of water photo ops, falls and mountain streams. Here it is beautiful no matter what season!

That's what I found as well. Around the last week of October, the first week of November for best color although that can change according to the temps, altitude & rainfall. I've always gone too early when I went around this time in previous years...

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