Plan your journey to the mountains
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Plan your journey to the mountains

JOHNSON CITY – In case you haven’t already, go forward and e-book your journey to the mountains
of the Appalachian Highlands. 

Fall colour is about to growth within the area’s highest elevations.  

“Any time over the subsequent three weeks which you could sneak in a mountain drive, it ought to
not disappoint,” mentioned Travis Watson, the campus arborist at East Tennessee State College.

Bushes on ETSU’s campus have began the annual symphony of colours, and that’s true
for quite a lot of spots in Johnson Metropolis and the encircling space.  

“However don’t be fooled by these early changers,” mentioned Watson. “City timber are subjected
to many extra stress components than woodland timber that may set off early leaf change.” 

The mountains of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia ought to
be “coloring up properly” this weekend, Watson mentioned, peaking in colour by way of mid-October.
For the decrease elevations, from Kingsport to Greeneville, the parade of crimson, yellow
and orange has began and may attain its most vibrant by mid-to-late October.  

Hurricane Ian, which unleashed historic devastation to components of Florida, didn’t absolutely
unload on the world. Watson mentioned the western facet of the Appalachian Mountains had been
spared the worst of the hurricane’s results, that means loads of leaves are nonetheless clinging
to timber.  

“Temperatures have remained delicate and are forecast to drop over the weekend with frost
attainable in some areas,” he mentioned. “This could actually assist set us up for excellent colour
growth.” 

ETSU provides a weekly fall colour prediction each Thursday till the season ends. Discover
it on ETSU’s social media channels, in addition to ETSU Information.