Great Smoky Mountains National Park is absolutely stunning in the autumn! The park lies between Tennessee and North Carolina, and is the most visited site in the National Park Service. I highly recommend taking a family trip to see the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. It was a great place to see the leaves change for a family that lives where fall only lasts about three weeks a year (Texas).
We went the week after the publicized “peak” of the season, and during the week so the traffic was acceptable. I’ve heard horror stories of the traffic on peak weekend. You might want to keep that in mind if you are crowd adverse.
The trees were beautiful shades of green, yellow, orange and red. It was almost a magical time! There are plenty of places to hike in GSMNP, as well as driving loops. You truly can choose the way (or ways) you want to experience the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.