Fall foliage 2014 color changes have been noticed by experts already this year in the mountains in the highest elevations. Colors of red have already been noted in some red maples and sugar maple trees at the highest elevations in the mountains. This may be due to the cooler and sunny weather of the past month of August. Normal peak fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains are typically in mid-October. Get more information here about Great Smoky Mountains Fall Foliage.