Its that time of year here in the Smokys that everyone looks forward to cooler air (I hope) and the trees doing there thing showing there color. the biggest question i get ask is when is the best time for the most color in the trees. the third week in October is the traditional answer to the when, but it has in the past few years been colorful well in to November.. one of the things to also keep in mind is different areas turn at different times. along the rivers seem to turn first. and the tops of the mountains also turn first. wind is a big factor to how long the leaves stay around especially along the rivers one good wind storm and its all over.