Autumn Leaf Tours in Tennessee

by Leslie Renico

Many parts of the United States, such as the wooded forests of Tennessee, take on dramatically different colors as the seasons change from summer to autumn. Tourists seeking to see these colors can take one of many different excursions through the breathtaking scenery, as tours are available by bus, boat and train.

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Whitestone Inn

Just down the road from Kingston, the Whitestone Inn (whitestoneinn.com) offers a number of day trips throughout the year. The tour traverses the Cherohala Skyway and circuits the Fontana Dam before returning to the inn, taking travelers as high as a mile in altitude. Not only are the fall colors in full view, but you can also opt to take a cable car down to see the innards of the dam.

Tennessee Valley Rail Museum

The Autumn Leaf Special is one of the tours offerred by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (tvrail.com), operating between Chattanooga's Grand Junction Station and Summerville, Georgia. The tour runs through Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park and features brilliant fall foliage. Your train will run behind an authentic steam locomotive, and you can choose coach seating or hire your own Pullman compartment.

Edgar Evins State Park

The first Saturday of each November features the Fall Color Cruise, where a tour guide leads a two-hour excursion around Center Hill Lake. Departing from Edgar Evins State Park (1630 Edgar Evins State Park Road, Silver Point, TN 38582; 931-858-2446), you will see not only the fall colors but some homes that country stars have built along the lake shore.

Tennessee Central Railway

Located in Nashville, the Tennessee Central Railway Museum (tcry.com) offers three "Super Fall Foliage" trips each autumn, two of which are a round-trip journey to Cookeville. The third goes further to Monterey, where tourists can attend the Standing Stone Festival. Passengers travel in authentic period passenger cars behind a steam locomotive.

About the Author

Leslie Renico's grant-writing career began in 2006 and her grants have brought in millions of dollars for nonprofits serving the poor and providing medical care for the needy. Renico has appeared on television and her articles have appeared in various online publications. She graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice in 1997.

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