From Gatlinburg, Tennessee drive south on Highway 441. There are views of the mountains on both sides of the road as well as several trails that traverse the park.
This image was taken near peak color at the mid-elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As can be seen in the photo, there was still abundant green color in the lower relevations. A mostly overcast sky diffused the light and allowed the rich colors to be recorded by the camera sensor.