From New York to Georgia the Appalachian Mountains feature some of the most beautiful vistas in the country and it only gets better in the fall. As deciduous trees begin their annual show of color people get out of the house for long drives on scenic routes, exciting hiking trails, and gorgeous scenic overlooks. After spending the last five years capturing photos of the fall colors throughout the Appalachian Mountains here are thirty of my favorites. Which of these is your favorite?
Note: These are only ranked by date captured with the oldest first.
The Virginia Creeper Trail in Damascus, Virginia is a great place to enjoy a bicycle ride during the fall colors.
I’ve always been a fan of photography in cemeteries and fall is no different. Except it is different.
Sometimes going out to enjoy the fall colors just after peak will result in views like this with just a few straggling colors remaining.
Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia is one of the most gorgeous places for a hike all year and especially during the fall colors.
South Holston Lake near Bristol, Virginia is a great place to spend those crisp autumn days.
From a distance the reds, yellow, and oranges blend together into a tapestry of fall colors. But up close you can focus on just one vibrant color at a time.
Hidden Valley Lake in Virginia is one of those off the beaten path destinations for fall colors.
The view coming down from Whitetop Mountain toward Chilhowie, Virginia is gorgeous this time of year.
Highway 16 in Sugar Grove, Virginia is a beautiful place for a long drive in the fall colors.
Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia is a great place to spend a day during the peak of fall colors.
The breathtaking view from the top of the 100′ tall Big Walker Lookout in Wytheville, Virginia.
One of my favorite things about the fall colors is what happens when they’re done.
Sometimes an early snow clips the end of the fall color season and you get to see something like this.
Fall colors means a lot of things but one of the best? It’s apple picking season.
Views like this at Chittenango State Park in New York is what makes the fall colors so amazing.
Vibrant fall colors around Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, New York.
Have you ever seen a black squirrel? They’re just as common as beautiful fall colors in Liverpool, New York.
The reflection of fall colors in still waters like these make for beautiful sights. This was captured at Green Lake State Park in New York.
You never know what you’ll find when you go on long drives in the fall colors like this scene on Highway 6 in Pennsylvania.
Small towns add a layer of natural beauty during the fall colors like this scenery in Skaneateles, New York.
A great fall colors road trip is the 110-mile Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
Mill Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Roanoke, Virginia is a great place to enjoy the fall colors.
Sometimes the beauty is in the details.
Wildcat Rock at Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina is one of the best overlooks in the state.
The fall colors during autumn is the only time of the year the landscape can challenge the colors of a beautiful sunset.
The Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina offers some of the best scenic overlooks on the east coast.
You won’t have to look far to find woolly worms when the leaves start to fall. Do you remember how to tell if this will be a mild or harsh winter?
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular destinations in the country for fall colors.
Sometimes the best moment of the fall colors is already sitting at your feet.
Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to spend an autumn day.
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