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Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

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Tampa, Florida
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Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

We live in Florida and are planning for a trip to TN(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge) later this year, We want to be there approximately when the leaves are at their peak. We will be a group of 15-20 people planning to come together. Any recommendations on planning this trip. We will be driving in one single vehicle which would carry 15 people. Is there any website which posts the probable dates of peak fall color in a particular state well in advance?

Mississippi
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for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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1. Re: Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

Traditionally, the peak color is expected in the 3rd week of October, but factors like rainfall, temperatures, and other things play a large role in determining just when the peak will occur. Altitude plays a role, with upper elevations turning before lower.

We always shoot for the 3rd or 4th week.

Townsend, Tennessee
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for Townsend, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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2. Re: Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

Here is one of several good sites that wil start to provide forecasts later this summer gatlinburgtnguide.com/news/… Suggest you make hotel arrangements soon - October is a popular time to visit.

Grove City, Ohio
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3. Re: Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

WWW.Discoverthesmokies.com always does a Fall Foliage Update beginning towards the end of September. They have archived updates from years past so you can get an overall idea when the peak is. We will be there the third full week of October. There is usually good color at different elevations from the second week of October until early November. The last couple of years we could see a distinct line on the road to Newfound Gap. If you've never been in October it's a real treat. It is very crowded, but take your time and enjoy what you see. You'll come back. We wouldn't miss October in the Smokies.

Atlanta
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4. Re: Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

Oct. 25 at low elevations, Oct. 15 at high elevations.

Paris, Tn
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for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
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5. Re: Probable dates for peak fall color in Pigeon Forge

As stated earlier, prime time for seeing the fall color change is most often from mid-October and on. We usually take our vacation the 1st week of November. And there's still some color left on the trees. What has already fallen makes the roads and woods seem like a carpet of gold, orange, red & purple.

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