Many high elevation areas are approaching peak this week. Lower elevation areas still have a good deal of green foliage, but color is developing quickly even here.
The view from Mount Cammerer Fire Tower, elevation 4,669 feet, on Oct. 10. Mount Cammerer is located on the northeastern edge of the park, near Cosby, TN.
The view looking down from high elevation on Mount Cammerer to mid elevation slopes below shows the progression of color development down the mountain sides.
Fall colors are developing at lower elevation in the park. Reds and golds line the Little River as a fisherman tests his skill. Photo taken October 11 above Elkmont.
Warren Bielenberg Photo
Several different species of asters are among the numerous wildflowers that bloom along roadways and trails in the park during autumn. Photo shot in Cataloochee on the Big Fork Ridge Trail.
Gretchen Kirkland Photo
Mountain gentian (Gentiana decora) blooms in fall. The violet striped petals of this beautiful wildflower remain "closed" throughout its blooming period. Photo taken on the Laurel Falls Trail on Oct 7.