Smoky Mountain Fall Colors
Chimney Tops
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Chimney Tops are twin mountain peaks located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, elevation 4,700 feet. These are photographs taken in mid-October. As you can see, the leaves have not yet begun to turn. Throughout the months of October and early November leaves begin to change from green to shades of gold, yellow, orange, and red.

These twin summits of quartzite and hard slate are familiar landmarks. The peak on the right has a hole like a flue. Mountain peole thought these formations looked like chimneys rising above the trees. Mountain laurel, rhododendron, blueberry, and sand-myrtle -- members of the heath family -- cling to the peaks.

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This photo was taken early afternoon in October. You can see the mist rising from the mountains.

Marker at a pullover where you can view the Chimney Tops. Location is Newfound Gap Road, Tennessee side.