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The peak time for viewing colorful leaves? Now

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 11:12:26-04

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, leaves on the trees begin to change color.

The first changes are noticed in the northern states and in higher elevations where temperatures begin to cool off first.

If you're trying to find where the best viewing is, the internet offers a plethora of maps just for this reason.

Smokymountains.com offers up an interactive map complete with a forecast for future weeks. As with any forecast, it's subject to change.

The U.S. Forest Service has a map that allows you to find out which forests are "changing," "near peak," "peaking" or "fading."

And if you're looking for something on the go, download the free yonder app. Outdoor loving users report trees that have begun to change color.

The fall colors won't last much longer with winter about two months away.

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