10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in and Around Nashville


Grab your sweaters, hats, and boots. Even though it might get a little chilly, this is also the perfect time to enjoy all the colors that come with the transitioning seasons around this time of year. 

The September Equinox is that time of the year when the sun seems to cross the equator and with it, comes one of the most amazing, natural displays of the year. The specialists at our limo service in Nashville have decided to come up with a list of some of the best spots where you can enjoy fall foliage this fall.

However, before we share these amazing spots, we would like to recommend the services of our car service in Nashville for all your fall excursions. Fall should be a time of relaxation when you get to simply sit back in the back of a luxury vehicle enjoying the company of your friends and family as a professional chauffeur transfers you safely and swiftly to your next viewpoint. 

Our chauffeurs have been trained in the art of hospitality and will go above and beyond to guarantee that your experience with us is satisfying. 

Now, let us have a look at some of the best places to enjoy fall foliage in and around Music City this year. Have a great season!

The Whitestone Country Inn

Make your way to Paint Rock Road in Kingstone and enjoy over 350 acres of perfectly manicured lawns that overlook the Watts Bar Lake waterfowl refuge. 

Here, you will have access to over 8 miles of well-maintained nature trails with amazing views. There is even one trail dubbed ‘the Marriage Trail’, which has been said to strengthen marriages when taken by couples(wink).

Cherohala Skyway

The Cherohala Skyway is a 43-mile-long byway that has been 30 years in the making. The skyway begins all the way in the Cherokee National Forest in North Carolina, making its way to the Nantahala National Forest, and further into the Tennessee backcountry. 

There is little to no civilization on the route, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy and take in all the colors and reconnect with nature.

Tail of the Dragon

The Tail of the Dragon is an auxiliary route that borders the Cherokee National Forest as well as the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Tail of the Dragon. 

You may want to refrain from taking this route if you are easily car sick; the route consists of more than 300 curves in just a short distance of 11 miles. 

If you are, however, comfortable with this ride, you will get to observe plenty of beautiful, brightly colored foliage.

Percy Warner Park

Known in full as the Edwin and Percy Warner Park, you will find the Percy Warner Park tucked away along Vaughn Road in Nashville. This is an extremely fall foliage viewpoint amongst local leaf peepers. 

Apart from being a great place to observe fall foliage, the park is a nature sanctuary, so you may just get to see lots of wildlife along the way.

Rock Island State Park

Rock Island is roughly 80 miles from Downtown Nashville but, trust us, the drive is worth it. Once you are here, you will get to enjoy amazing waterfalls that flow throughout the year. 

Around this time of year, the park is especially beautiful with all the colors bursting around you, making this a true slice of heaven that you should get a piece of if you have the chance.

Ring of Fire Trail

The Ring of Fire is a Driving Trail just north of Nashville and is one of the best places around the Music City to get in views of fall foliage. Stop by the Goodlettsville Chef’s Market for some lunch on your way there. If you would like, you could also stop by the Sumner Crest Winery for some of the devil’s nectar before proceeding with your journey. 

Take in all the colors on your drive, just remember to leave the driving to someone else on this day, especially if you plan to stop by Sumner Crest.

Calfkiller River

We also recommend taking the Calfkiller River Highway 85 all the way from Sparta to Monterey. The drive is great throughout the year, but it is especially beautiful during the fall. 

The river is surrounded by forested sides that are part of the Cumberland Plateau and they light up during this time of year, it’s amazing.

Radnor Lake

You will find Radnor Lake south of Nashville where you will get to enjoy lush fall foliage without having to travel so far from the city. 

It is the perfect spot if you choose to take a stroll on the lake loop, go trail running, or simply hang out with the kids at the nature center; either way, you will get to take in amazing fall foliage views.


Gatlinburg is a mountain town in eastern Tennessee that could easily be considered the fall wonderland of the Volunteer State. The town is amongst the smoky mountains and has been blessed with an abundance of wildlife. 

This unassuming town is ideal for visiting any time of the year, but it is especially popular during the fall, and for good reason. Here you will get to enjoy breathtaking views, crisp fall air, and friendly folk. 

Gatlinburg was affected by destructive wildfires back in 2016 but the forests have recovered since then and are back to their former glory.

Edwin Warner Park

The second half to the Edwin and Percy Warner Parks; the Edwin Warner Park is what you can consider the younger sibling, but no less beautiful. Take a leisurely drive in this 448-acre expanse teeming with all kinds of colors.

Just 9 miles from Downtown, this is also a great way to enjoy fall foliage without having to travel too far from the city. 

You can find an easy-to-read map of the park trail system online; the trails range anywhere between 200 yards and 5 miles, so you get to choose a trail that suits your preferences.

Posted on Jul 29th 2019

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