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Preparing & Predicting Fall Foliage With The Fall Foliage Map

Earlier this week, our friends over at SmokyMountains.com released the 2020 Fall Foliage Map and it is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this one is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

Some consider it to be the most incredible time of the year. Gorgeous colors vibrantly encoring the end of summer as the trees put themselves to bed for the long sleep of winter. The Great Smoky Mountains floods with thousands upon thousands of annual visitors all hoping to achieve a breathtaking view of the beautiful renaissance of nature.

Chlorophyll is not the only player in the fall leaf-color game. Present in other leaves and trees are the compounds known as Carotenoids and Anthocyanins. As the Fall days begin to get shorter and shorter, the production of Chlorophyll slows to a halt, eventually giving way to the ‘true’ color of the leaf.


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