The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking areas from which to view the vibrant colors of the autumn foliage. However, many tourists who are looking to see the best fall foliage the Smoky Mountains have to offer are misled by the idea that the peak foliage time, with the brightest and most concentrated colors, happens in the middle of October.
In actuality, the coloration of the leaves happens gradually in the Smoky Mountains. First, the higher elevations exhibit their fantastic display of color. The bright colors then gradually move down the slopes of the mountains and the leaves at different elevations turn. This means that in 2012, any time between September 14th and November 7th is the perfect time to enjoy the foliage.
One of the best ways to experience the brilliant foliage is to go horseback riding in the Smokies. While horseback riding, you will be able to witness gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape. You will also get the chance to experience the majesty of the autumn season in a personal, close-up manner. Horseback riding in the Smokies can truly be a magical experience, especially when the leaves are at their most beautiful.