6 Stunning Places to Fall for Foliage in Rural Tennessee

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Colorblind Viewfinder at South Cumberland State Park, TN

Colorblind viewfinder at Laurel Gulf Overlook in South Cumberland State Park. ©Journal Communications/David Duplessis

Veering off the beaten path in autumn is not only fun; it’s a great way to discover some of the state’s most stunning – and lesser-known – spots to savor fall foliage. Even those with color vision deficiencies can enjoy the scenery through special colorblind viewfinders at 12 of Tennessee’s lookouts (four are included here). Scroll through the slideshow for a few locales to visit this fall.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Eva

Benton County

Tennessee fall foliage

Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park. ©Journal Communications/David Duplessis

Perched on the banks of the Tennessee River just north of Eva in Benton County, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park offers beautiful views along the shoreline and from the overlook at Pilot Knob, one of the highest points in West Tennessee. Traipse through a canopy of colorful leaves on more than 20 miles of trails before settling into a cabin or campsite overlooking Kentucky Lake.

While You’re There: Standing on the historic site where country music star Patsy Cline tragically lost her life in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, is the Patsy Cline Memorial north of Camden. The monument, which pays tribute to Cline and her “smooth-sounding emotive voice,” is part of the Tennessee Music Pathways. Check out the free Tennessee River Folklife Interpretive Center and Museum, which illustrates life in the lower Tennessee Valley in the 19th and 20th centuries and features old Jon and brail boats and an outdoor deck with a panoramic view of the river.

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