5 Best Places to View the Fall Colors of Tennessee

August 16, 2019

Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains this fall season. Everyone knows that the hills of Tennessee boast some of the best foliage in the country, but where do you go to see it? We have your guide to exploring the fall colors of Tennessee. Climb to the top of Lookout Mountain and witness the changing colors from seven different states. Get lost in one of Chattanooga’s most popular arboretums. Chase a waterfall and watch the first yellow leaf gently drop into the stream.

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Where to Find the Fall Colors of Tennessee

Don’t settle for the road trip scenery—plan your fall trip the right way by finding the best spots to view the fall colors of Tennessee. Whether you’re looking for a sleepy stroll or a traveling trek, the Smokies don’t disappoint. Discover it all during your next visit! 


  • Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

The Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center is located in Chattanooga city limits, yet immerses its guests into the beauty of the wilderness. Paddle down the creek in one of their canoes, hike along the wooded trail, and discover the Smoky Mountain wildlife with their Behind the Scenes tour.


  • Rock City at Lookout Mountain Rock City at Lookout Mountain

See the colors of seven different states from the top of Rock City. The cloud-bearing hike is one of the best in the country. Stand above a towering waterfall, have lunch on top of a mountain, and bask in the stunning, southern sights.


  • Snooper’s Rock at Prentice Cooper State Forest

Snooper’s Rock Trail is an almost six-mile (out and back) trail that ends with a view that will leave you breathless. The heavily wooded trail starts at the bend of the Tennessee River and ends in the middle of Prentice Cooper State Forest with a birds-eye-view of the changing yellows, reds, and golds. If you’re up for an active hike with a rewarding view, Snooper’s Rock is for you.


  • Point Park at Lookout Mountain Point Park at Lookout Mountain

Point Park is one of the most historic trails in Tennessee. The park was the site of The Battle Above the Clouds during the Civil War, and it houses memorabilia commemorating the era. There are over 50 miles of trails within Chickamauga for hiking or biking. The park also offers rock climbing, kayaking, and ranger-guided activities.


  • Glen Falls at Lookout Mountain

Glen Falls provides a short hike to a beautiful waterfall. Drape yourself in golden colors while you venture to the cascading falls. The trail is truly more of a fairy garden come to life. It’s sure to capture the hearts of all nature-lovers. 


Watch the Seasons Change From Chanticleer Inn

Room 5 Chanticleer Inn After a long day of exploring some of the area’s best trails, you’ll be ready to rest your feet at the Chanticleer Inn. Book your stay in Room 5 and enjoy the comforts of a king-size bed, gas log fireplace, whirlpool, and courtyard patio.

Plan to explore the mountains with our Hiking Above the Clouds package. Venture from the inn equipped with a cooler backpack full of croissant sandwiches, trail mix, fruit, cheese straws, water, and maps of the surrounding trails. If you’re new to Lookout Mountain, let us show you around—the Chanticleer way.

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