Alabama is beautiful throughout the year, but especially in the fall. As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color.

This blend of brilliant autumn foliage, coupled with cooler temperatures and an occasional gentle breeze, makes for an unforgettable experience.

During October and November, color watchers in the north provide weekly updates on peak color, scenic drives and seasonal activities to the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel.

Click here for a suggested circle tour including many of the following fall color spots.

The Alabama tourism website features a Fall Color Map

An interactive map on the Alabama Tourism Department’s website allows visitors to see the predicted fall color change for each weekend this fall.

The map, a list of recommended viewing sites, and a Circle of Color driving route are all available on the state tourism website by clicking here.

Alabama State Parks are some of the best places to enjoy the fall color change. Joe Wheeler has an excellent viewing spot next to the dam and near the cabin area on the Lawrence County side. Autumn scenery can be found at DeSoto State Park at Little River Canyon and DeSoto Falls. Monte Sano has views of the Tennessee Valley along the Warpath Ridge Trail and its overlook. Cheaha’s Bald Rock and Pulpit Rock trails both have excellent views. Cheaha is the highest point in the state at 2,407 feet above sea level. Lake Guntersville State Park also offer great opporunties and a first class lodge.

With cooler days and lower humidity, autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy Alabama’s many fall festivals and events. Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department, recommends several events designed around being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.