Fall colors brighten up the Tennessee Valley, but they were late in 2021 – here’s why

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It’s fall, and along with pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and plenty of other traditions, there’s another annual tradition that happens in the Tennessee Valley.

The leaves change color.

Sky 19 was over just two of several great places across the Valley to see the leaves change color:

  • Hays Nature Preserve in Owens Cross Roads
  • Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville

Norm Haley from the Alabama Community Extension System said the best of Alabama’s fall colors were at their best a bit later than normal this year.

While fall colors typically peak anytime from the third week of October to the first week of November, Haley explained warmer than normal temperatures kept trees alive with their green leaves later into October.

His biggest tip – the fourth week of October was the best time for trips to the Yellowhammer State to see the best fall colors.

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