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10 parks with fantastic fall color displays

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 15, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
A colorful array of trees at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photo: homeintennessee/Flickr

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian mountains located in Tennessee, is the most visited national park in the United States — and for good reason.

What makes this gorgeous national park fascinating is that fall colors arrive in traveling downward waves. Trees in the higher elevations of the mountains (4,000 feet and above) begin to sport orange, red and yelllow foliage in early to mid October, while the lower and middle elevations stay relatively green until the end of October into early November.

The park features a variety of activities for visitors, including hiking, auto touring, camping, fishing, guided tours and horseback riding. In the fall, the changing of the leaves tops all other activities and attracts a great number of leaf peepers to the park.