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Fall Colors

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

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Last updated: by Mariana Droniak
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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.

A fall path in Donelson, Nashville, TN 2020
A fall path in Donelson, Nashville, TN
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As the middle of October arrives, the 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.

Radnor Lake in fall 2020
Radnor Lake in fall
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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 memorable Fall Foliage Excursion—a 120-mile round trip 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 miles (710 km) of breathtaking views from Nashville in Tennessee to Natczhez in Mississippi. You can start atthe Western entry point close to the Loveless Café on Highway 100.