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Fall Colors in Nashville, TN

From urban parks to railway routes—fall in Nashville and beyond is fantastic

Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Fall Colors
Fall in Radnor Lake State Park, Tennessee
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When fall is in full swing, it's time to witness trees change their colors. Whether you choose an active hike or a cozy train ride, the Nashville area is a true autumnal wonderland.

After the warm days of summer and early fall are gone, the air temperature drops sharply in Middle Tennessee. The temperature shifts and the amount of rain in the spring are the keys to having those bright fall leaves.

As the middle of October arrives, fall colors reach their peak in Nashville and the areas nearby. To not miss the moment, pack for a color tour from mid-October and no later than the first week of November.

Fall colors in Nashville

To enjoy fall foliage within the city of Nashville, check Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This historic site is home to a variety of tree types lined along the main lawn. Another exciting option is taking a train from Tennessee Central Railway Museum and enjoying the view comfortably from the window. The station offers a memorable Fall Foliage Excursion—120-miles through the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.

Fall colors outside Nashville

Those looking for an outdoor adventure can find plenty of places to feel fully immersed in the fall colors. Luckily, Nashville is surrounded by multiple parks, lakes, and recreation areas. Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park feature more than 3,000 ac (1200 ha) of nature and are great either for a hike or a drive. Radnor Lake State Park and Long Hunter State Park are excellent places to gaze at colorful trees reflecting in water. In Peeler Park, the autumn scene is even more special because of the Cumberland River snaking through the park. And of course, you can't go wrong when going for a fall foliage hunt on the Old Natchez Trace that promises some 440 mi (710 km) of breathtaking views from Nashville to Natczhez in Mississippi. You can start at the Western entry point close to the Loveless Café on Highway 100.

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When is the best time to see fall colors in Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas?

The ideal time to witness the vivid autumn colors in Nashville, TN, and the neighboring area of Edwin and Percy Warner parks is from the mid of October till the start of November. During this period, visitors can enjoy sharp drops in temperatures and the best views of fall colors. Show more

Where are the best places in Nashville to see fall foliage?

Nashville is home to several beautiful sites that are popular for fall foliage, such as Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park consisting of different varieties of trees, Tennessee Central Railway Museum that offers 120 miles of fantastic scenic views and hiking and driving experiences at Edwin Warner, Percy Warner, Radnor Lake State, and Long Hunter State parks. Visitors can also explore the amazing Old Natchez Trace for breathtaking views of fall foliage. Show more

What are some unique ways to enjoy fall colors, besides hiking and driving?

Apart from hiking and driving, visitors can enjoy fall colors through unique experiences like the Fall Foliage Excursion train ride that covers over 120 miles of unobstructed views by Tennessee Central Railway Museum or rent a paddleboard or kayak to explore Radnor Lake. It is the perfect place to witness stunning reflections of trees peacefully and take pictures for memories. Show more

What is the Old Natchez Trace and where can I find it?

Old Natchez Trace is a historical 440 miles long trail that runs from Nashville, TN, to Natchez, Mississippi, following a traditional Native American path. It was known as the primary trade route during the antebellum period. Visitors can access this trail through the western entry point situated near the Loveless Café on Highway 100, which offers mesmerizing views of autumn colors. Show more

What other outdoor activities can I do in Nashville during the fall season?

In addition to enjoying fall colors at several locations, visitors can indulge themselves in other outdoor activities. They can opt for a gelato-making class, explore apple orchards and pumpkin patches, try ziplining, unwind at relaxing spas, or hit taprooms to taste Nashville's seasonal flavors. They can also join brewery tours to get a taste of the best brews the city has to offer. Finally, fall festivals like Tennessee State Fair or Oktoberfest are a must-visit during this period. Show more

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