Autumn in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains as seen from the Foothills Parkway.  October 23, 2012.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Betsy and I make it to the Smokies several times each year, since we only live a couple of hours away.  We both think the Smokies make a wonderful day trip, although we do try to avoid the times and places that have the most tourists.

However the Smokies always call our names in October, so we venture out a time or two each year to take in the colors.  The pictures in this post come from a day trip we made several years ago.  On that trip we traveled along the Foothills Parkway, which offers wonderful views of the mountains from just outside the park itself.

The panorama above shows the Smokies from one of the first overlooks we came across.  From this vantage point it’s easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most visited park.

Trees showing off their vibrant colors along the Foothills Parkway.  October 23, 2015.

A closer look brings out the vibrant colors that bring so many people to this part of Tennessee each year.

Orange leaves against a blue Tennessee sky.  October 23, 2012.

A single branch can be a riot of color.

The beauty of a single leaf.  Foothills Parkway, October 23, 2012.

Looking even closer, we can see the beauty of a single leaf.  Is it any wonder we keep going back year after year?

15 Responses to “Autumn in the Smokies”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    I’d love to be able to visit at this time of year. I haven’t even seen my own place up there, in forever.

  2. Fishing Guy Says:

    Very nice George, we are just starting to see color changes in Ohio.

  3. dayphoto Says:

    Stunning!!! I so agree with you! Our colors are changing here also! At least we have eye candy before the long dreary days of winter.


  4. sylviakirk Says:

    Warm, delightful captures, George, and a wonderful glimpse of Fall!! Thanks for sharing the beauty!! Hope your week is going well!!

  5. Betsy Adams Says:

    Absolutely marvelous —all of your photos. The panorama is awesome… WOW!!! Took my breath away. Can’t wait to get to the Smokies sometime this month…. Fall is tremendous for sure!!!!

    Great post, Honey.

  6. rhiebert Says:

    I WANT to go there.That beauty is amazing.

  7. ladyfi Says:

    Gorgeous and vibrant!

  8. Linda, Shenandoah Valley Says:

    Wonderful! I love the Smokies! My sister is traveling down there now. I considered driving down to meet her but the weather is so awful. Many many years ago I was camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway when a hurricane hit. It was scary.

  9. Jeevan Says:

    Indeed fabulous! The place looks rich in colors and autumn coloring… Love the panoramic view of the Smokies and no wonder why u frequent there.

    Good to see post from you 🙂

  10. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    Gorgeous George!

  11. Sartenada Says:

    I enjoyed every photo in bigger size. Your photos are gorgeous.

  12. diane Says:

    A great series of shots from far away and then closer and closer. The second shot is stunning. How lucky to live so close.

  13. Stan Williams Says:

    Beautiful shots George!
    I just got back from staying in Cabins in Cosby TN, and Wears Valley. I love the area all around the Smokies! We were in Cades Cove, Elkmont, all over the area for a couple weeks until yesterday. I could spend the rest of my days just taking photos around there …

  14. Lrong Says:

    Wow, love the maple colors you have there…

  15. small kucing Says:

    Hi George

    Dropping by to wish you and Betsy a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016

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