Slowly but surely the mountaintop is climbing out of the recent cold spell. After a few consecutive mornings waking up to temps in the 20s, conditions over the Smokies are warming slightly, enough that lows should stay above freezing a few days with highs maybe even tagging 50°. It won’t seem warm at the lodge though so long as these overcast skies and wind gusts remain, which is why everyone needs to be coming prepared with extra layers for the top. The further we get into autumn, the greater the risks of hypothermia for the unprepared, so do yourselves a big favor and please don’t be one of them.
Colors are really changing throughout the park now, with the greatest transformation taking place between 4,500-6,000’. That’s basically from Inspiration Point on up if you are leaf peeping along Alum Cave Trail this week. Lower than that and most trees are either an early mix of lemon and lime or still holding firm to their summer greens. Visitor traffic has been quite congested since the holiday weekend, par for the course here in October. We expect the crowds of people on trails, at visitor centers, and in transit to remain dense all week. We’ll have to wait and see how busy the coming weekend will be if the rainy forecast holds.
Have a great rest of the day.
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