Where and When to See Natchez Trace Fall Colors

Based on hundreds of photos taken during several fall foliage seasons on the Natchez Trace Parkway we have determined the following "average" dates of at or near peak fall colors. So far this year (as of October 25th) leaves have been slower to start turning colors.

Tennessee
northwest Alabama and northeast Mississippi
Central Mississippi

The 2021 Natchez Trace Fall Foliage Photo Contest is here. The contest officially starts on October 15, 2021 and runs through the 25th of November.

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Tennessee (pictures taken in previous years)

Tennessee is typically at or near peak foliage colors from October 24 thru November 9.
In 2021 we are moving dates forward 4 days to October 28 thru November 13.

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Click on links below to view more fall foliage pictures from these Tennessee sections of the Natchez Trace Parkway:

northwest Alabama and northeast Mississippi (pictures taken in previous years)

northwest Alabama and northeast Mississippi are typically at or near peak foliage colors from October 27 thru November 11.
In 2021 we are moving dates forward 4 days to October 31 thru November 15.

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Click on links below to view more fall foliage pictures from these northwest Alabama and northeast Mississippi sections of the Natchez Trace Parkway:

central Mississippi (pictures taken in previous years)

Central Mississippi is typically at or near peak foliage colors from November 3 thru November 20.
In 2021 we are moving dates forward 4 days to November 7 thru November 24.

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Click on links below to view more fall foliage pictures from these central Mississippi sections of the Natchez Trace Parkway:

The national park service website for the Natchez Trace Parkway has some great info about where and when to view fall colors on the Trace, including weekly reports from this year with dates and locations, see: www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/fall-colors.htm


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