Trees are starting to change colors at higher elevations, and the recent cool nights and warm days are sure to bring those bright hues to Knoxville’s foliage in the next week or two. Don’t miss your chance to plan ahead to get out and play with family and friends during this amazing time of year.

Here are some great spots to take photos, explore trails and just relax under a canopy of vibrant shades as the seasons change.

Sequoyah Park
A large, linear park that runs along the Tennessee River, Sequoyah Park is a great spot to walk dogs, play with kids and enjoy wide open meadows that offer great views of the trees along the opposite river bank. There’s also a greenway that runs past the park with rows of tall trees that create a stunning display for runners and walkers.

House Mountain
If you want views for days, take House Mountain’s trails to the highest point in Knox County. From its overlooks, you can see several mountain ranges including the Cumberlands, Smoky Mountains and Clinch Mountain. The towering trees and higher elevation won’t disappoint. 

IC King Park
Add a little water to the mix, and the reflection of fall colors will dazzle hikers and bikers as they wind around Fort Loudon Lake. With a good amount of elevation change, you’ll find some nice views along the way.

Loyston Point

This peninsula on the Clinch River arm of Norris Lake is a beautiful getaway that’s not too far from town. If you have time for an hour’s drive, this is a great spot to find ridge top views, tons of trails and even a campground if you can stay overnight!

If you want to get your fall foliage season started right away, the 8th annual Turning Leaf Tour will ride DOE’s restricted road through Oak Ridge National Laboratory to see the beginnings of fall colors tomorrow (Oct. 15). And if you have an artistic inclination, the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is hosting a Fall Photo Workshop starting on Friday.

Make sure to fully experience Knoxville’s foliage this year – it’s predicted to be very impressive because of the high levels of rainfall we’ve experienced. These parks and events are a great place to start, but there’s plenty more to do and see on Outdoor Knoxville’s calendar and park guide.

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Written by Carol Evans
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