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Paw Paw tree near Pigeon ForgeDown here in Pigeon Forge the trees are still developing their color, and there are still plenty of green leaves just waiting to put on bright red, orange, and yellow. We are looking forward to a couple more weekends of gorgeous fall foliage. Persimmons ripened early and are now finished dropping their wonderful fruit, which adds a sweet autumn fragrance to the atmosphere. Paw paw trees are the stand-out stars this week...putting on a show of extreme green and yellow. Local gardeners are picking their final pods of okra. Who knew something so delicious also puts on a lovely flower?

Pigeon Forge shops and restaurants are beautifully decorated with fall scenes, hay bales, and caramels. There is nothing like the sights, sounds, and smells of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Photo opportunities abound. Tulip poplar trees turned brown a little early, and their leaves are providing a festive and fun crunch as we stroll along sidewalks and hike near back roads.

okra flower near Pigeon Forge, TN

Mid-elevations (around 3,000 feet) as you go up into the Smoky Mountains have great color. The brightest brilliant reds have now faded into a rich burgundy. Most of the hardwood trees at the tippy top of the Smoky Mountains (around 4,500 feet) are now leafless because of high winds and storms.  It is a wonderful time of year for a scenic drive over to Cherokee, NC. It is the best way to view the leaves at every possible elevation. Who knows? You might even see an elk. Pigeon Forge truly is the best central location to rent a cabin and take pictures that capture every phase of autumn leaf color.


dogwood tree near Pigeon Forge transitions from green to burgundy



Posted: 10/21/2014 3:43:07 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Pigeon Forge WinterfestI just have to tell you that I am so excited about Winterfest this year! Can you believe that it has been 25 years? We are ready to kickoff this 2014 Winterfest season with even more light displays, shows, attractions and more. 

The fun starts on November 10th in Sevierville with "Music, Lights & Magic."

On November 11th we celebrate our true American heroes, our veterans and servicemen and women, with the 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade on the Parkway and Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff that evening at Patriot Park.

And on November 12 we have the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cook-off. 

There is so much going on this Winterfest season. Just be sure to reserve your cabin or hotel soon. They fill up and I don't want you to miss out. Want to learn more? Visit www.PigeonForgeWinterfest.com


Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Posted: 10/21/2014 2:04:00 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Great news. There are many green leaves remaining at higher elevations, which means color will continue to develop throughout the coming week. The cold snap that happened last weekend led to sudden bursts of color around Clingmans Dome.

Fall Color Report - Pigeon Forge & The Smokies

At the very top of the Smoky Mountains, many leaves dropped from their branches because it became very windy with downbursts of rain. Low hanging clouds obscured views of the highest mountain tops. But we still enjoyed the smoky allure of the mist drifting below the highest peaks.


colors in Pigeon Forge

Lower elevations here in downtown Pigeon Forge have brilliant reds and deep rich burgundy dogwood trees. Red Virginia creeper vine spirals its way up tree trunks of trees. Goldenrod is gorgeous and blooming abundantly alongside back roads and trails.

fall colors in the valley

Cold nights and dry conditions create the best leaf colors, and this coming weekend, October 17 – 19 is forecasted to be cool and spectacular.

Posted: 10/13/2014 2:57:30 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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