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Old 09-06-2012, 05:27 AM
 
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"'Our earliest trees to color up are really coming in about the time they normally would, nothing really unusual there,' Vandergriff said. 'However, some of the mid- and later-season color trees are coloring up earlier than what they normally would be.' The usual peak for color in the Smokies comes in mid- to late October, but Vandergriff said that peak could happen in early October this year, with a couple of weeks of good color both before and after that."

Peak fall colors could arrive early in East Tennessee | wbir.com
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:22 AM
 
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Anyone seeing much color in the Smokies yet?
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:49 AM
 
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Color change is creeping in now at the highest elevations and there are small changes as you come down into the valleys to the early turning vines and dogwoods. Last night it got into the low 40s in the valley but there were pockets where freezes were supposed to hit in the mountains so the leaves should begin turning more noticeably in the next week. It will take weeks for the color change to go from top to bottom of many of the mountains so the show should last a while once it gets going. I hope to get out later this week for a ride and post a more current update.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Color change is creeping in now at the highest elevations and there are small changes as you come down into the valleys to the early turning vines and dogwoods. Last night it got into the low 40s in the valley but there were pockets where freezes were supposed to hit in the mountains so the leaves should begin turning more noticeably in the next week. It will take weeks for the color change to go from top to bottom of many of the mountains so the show should last a while once it gets going. I hope to get out later this week for a ride and post a more current update.
I would love an update. We will be crossing the Smokies on Oct. first.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:51 PM
 
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The clouds were hanging over the mountains at the highest elevations, leaving us in a fog as we hiked today. Due to the mist the photos I tried taking all look a bit blah, but the colors in person are really popping out now at the very tops of the higher mountains. Lower down in the middle areas the color is just starting to get noticeable here and there and and at the lowest it is mostly green with a few pops of colors from dogwoods and ivy vines and the earliest maple trees to change. The lower valley areas are pretty much still green. If you get good weather for the trip across it should be pretty but probably not close to "peak" yet. Enjoy the trip through our mountains!
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:15 PM
 
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The clouds were hanging over the mountains at the highest elevations, leaving us in a fog as we hiked today. Due to the mist the photos I tried taking all look a bit blah, but the colors in person are really popping out now at the very tops of the higher mountains. Lower down in the middle areas the color is just starting to get noticeable here and there and and at the lowest it is mostly green with a few pops of colors from dogwoods and ivy vines and the earliest maple trees to change. The lower valley areas are pretty much still green. If you get good weather for the trip across it should be pretty but probably not close to "peak" yet. Enjoy the trip through our mountains!
Going down this upcoming week. Thanks for the update!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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Well, we came from Crossville over the Great Smokies today. There is some color begining to show at lover elevations. As we climbed, the color was approching full color at elevations between 4-6 thousand feet. It is mostly yellow though, and very little red. It was beautiful though, even if it rained all day. At 6000 ft. we got into the clouds and was hard to see, but just below that you could see fine. It was very pretty. We are in Asheville tonight and not much color here. This weekend we will come back through the area, and I will issue another report.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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Came across I-40 between Knoxville and Asheville Friday. Still not much color.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Starting to see some reds along with the golds up here near Bristol. Looks like it'll be a nice weekend for a drive.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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Lilly Bluff Over Look near Wartburg TN... Today over cast and some color...

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