GATLINBURG (WATE) - Leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are expected to look their best or very close to it this weekend and travelers are taking in the bright views.
The leaves in the Smokies have people packing the park, taking pictures as they take in the sights.
Park visitors who come year after year to see fall colors, of course already know the places they want to see in the park. But for first-time visitors, it takes a little driving and walking around.
"We're seeing peak to near-peak at the mid-to-lower elevations, so there's several places in the park you can go see," said Molly Schroer with the National Park.
Schroer recommends driving Newfound Gap Road and at Little River Road, which takes leaf peepers through the park at the lower elevations.
"I have really enjoyed Little River Road. I drove that the other day, kind of a winding road, taking my time to look around. There's lots of pretty leaves." she said. "We're seeing a lot of great colors developing in those areas."
Frequent visitors to the park also have their favorite spots for viewing the fall colors.
"I'd say the Allum Cave Trail," said Frank and Rita Penn. "I used to bring my mother-in-law and it was about as pretty yesterday as I've seen it in 25 years."