Fall Scenic Road Trip Ideas

October 15th, 2019 by


Fall in Tennessee is all about color and getting out to see it. From urban parks to colorful roads through the forests, there is so much to see passing by your window. Here is the list of best fall scenic road trips in Tennessee and around that you can take this fall. 

Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile scenic byway that starts from Tellico Plains, Tennessee, and extends till Robbinsville. The road trip presents you an opportunity to view sweeping mountain views with ridges after ridges as far as your eyes can see. You get abundant and unobstructed scenic overlooks at every corner, refreshing waterfalls, and world-class hiking trails. The Cherohala Skyway was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Top 10 Motorcycle Rides in North America.” The Cherohala Skyway is also known as nature’s best-kept secret that is experienced best through a road trip. 

Cherokee National Forest

The Cherokee National Forest is a vast expanse of land that spreads across 640,000 acres. In the center of the Appalachian mountain range, the Cherokee National Forest is a remarkably diverse area. It is a place of scenic beauty which is home to 20,000 species of animals and plants. Some of the notable sites you should not miss during a fall road trip are 150 miles of Appalachian National scenic trail, Ocoee River, Big Frog Mountain and the Watauga Reservoir.

Radnor Lake State Park

Radnor Lake State Park spans 1,368 acres and has over six miles of trails that are good for wildlife observation, photography, and hiking. Radnor Lake State Park is a heavenly place for nature enthusiasts to observe herons, waterfowl and other birds. The park is also home to hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles and mammals like otters and mink. Hundreds of species of ferns, mosses, shrubs, vines and trees add to the natural eco-diversity of the park and make the road trip a thrilling experience. 

Meeman-Shelby State Park

The Meeman-Shelby State Park is a 12,539-acre park located 13 miles north of Memphis. The state park features the mighty Mississippi river bordering the park. It also features the famous Tupelo Swamp and the mature Bald Cypress. The road trip to Meeman-Shelby State Park allows you to view large oaks, hickory, American beech and sweet gum. The state park is also home to two national champion trees and 10 state champion trees. 

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the highest spot in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, standing at 6,643 feet. When you drive out of East Tennessee, you will have many opportunities to view peak fall foliage on the way to the dome. Cold temperatures, clouds and precipitation are common occurrences during the road trip, making the road trip memorable.

Fall is a gorgeous season when nature puts on its most colorful display. If you are a road enthusiast who wants to get out of a concrete jungle and experience the nature in its true color, take the road trips mentioned in the list. 

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