Fall Activities In The Smokies

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - by Swain County Chamber of Commerce
- photo by Swain County Chamber of Commerce

When is fall color at its peak?  It's the most often-asked question from people planning an autumn trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. With its wide range of elevations, the Smokies typically delivers one of the longest leaf seasons in the country. Fall colors appear first at the highest elevations in late September and work their way down over a 5-6 week season. So you should be able to find beautiful color no matter when you visit in the fall.

"This fall could be one of the best leaf color seasons in Western North Carolina in recent memory," according to fall season 'sage' Kathy Mathews, associate professor of biology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

Not only do the Smoky Mountains explode with beautiful color in the fall, the small town of Bryson City itself puts on a festive fall show, too.

Colorful fall flowers and scarecrows hang out on the streets mixing with the beautiful fall foliage changes. You can go for a hayride, visit a pumpkin patch and a corn maze, hear ghost stories and legends, fish some trophy waters, sample local produce at our Friday Farmers Market, watch artisans create one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and more.

Some of the area's fall events:

• Leaf-looker trains & Pumpkin Patch rides on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

• 1st Annual Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Festival

• Bryson City's 25th Annual Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival

• NOCtoberFest Great Pumpkin Pursuit on the Nantahala River

• Daily Ranger-led programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park



This Week’s Tennessee Tourism Round Up

Scavenger hunts, specialty burgers for a bargain, beer & cheese pairings, free concerts, movies under the stars, sing-along musicals, a 90s party, a craft fair and unique festivals like Uncle Dave Macon Days and Kingsport Fun Fest are all on tap this week across Tennessee. For a complete list of events, visit  tnvacation.com/calendar . Ongoing Tennessee State ... (click for more)

Architectural Tour Of The Artsy Los Angeles Neighborhood Of Silver Lake

A few years ago, Forbes ranked the Silver Lake neighborhood the hippest in Los Angeles. The magazine might have questionable credentials in the judgment of cool, but it got this one right. The flatlands have lots of indie stores, art galleries, and nightclubs, graffiti art is everywhere, foodies jam restaurants like Moby’s vegan Little Pine, and there is a cottage industry of ... (click for more)

Man Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured; Driver Of Other Vehicle Hurt In Accident On Suck Creek Road Saturday Morning

One person was killed and two others injured in a head-on crash on Suck Creek Road on Saturday morning. The accident at 8:45 a.m. at the 2100 block of Suck Creek Road involved a Kia Sedona mini-van and a Hyundai Elantra. Preliminary results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra was traveling southbound on Suck Creek Road and, while negotiating a curve, ... (click for more)

A Jury For 2nd Time Convicts Randall Reed Of Murdering 70-Year-Old Woman In 2011

A jury for the second time has convicted Randall Reed of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 70-year-old Jane Stokes in East Ridge. The verdict was returned in the courtroom of Judge Tom Greenholtz’s on Friday. The earlier verdict had been thrown out by an appeals court. Reed testified in his own behalf. The victim was murdered in her home during a robbery in 2011. ... (click for more)

Just Recuse Yourself

Pam Fleenor, have you ever heard the terms “conflict of interest” or “appearance of impropriety”? It’s a foregone conclusion that Robin Smith will be victorious in Chancellor Fleenor’s courtroom. Here’s another term you may want to re-examine, recuse yourself.   Rusty Munger (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (6)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)