One of my favorite ways to enjoy fall is hiking in the Smoky Mountains. There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, cooler weather (less humidity) and the beauty of the mountains and the fall season. Right now there is not much color change in the lower elevations but over the past week we have started to see fall colors in the higher elevations of the Smokies. If you’re interested in taking a hike this weekend or into the first week of October, you should try hiking in the higher elevations. Mt. LeConte is a definite high elevation hike where you could see beautiful fall colors early in the season. You may have to set aside a full day to hike LeConte though, it’s an 11 mile roundtrip hike with a total elevation gain of 2763 feet.
There are plenty of other great hikes this time of year, just make sure you check out what’s going on with the foliage before you start on your hike, it would be no fun to hike LeConte when the colors are peaking in the lower elevations, and you’re hiking out of the colors. Just make sure you’re choosing higher elevations now, and in mid to late October try hiking Gregory Bald or the Sugarland Mountain Trail, which are lower elevation hikes where you will see more color.