Weather in October
is the driest month of the year in Tennessee
with 2" (51mm) to 4" (102mm) of rainfall. The fall foliage is at its peak, beginning from the second week of October in the eastern portion of the state. The cacophony of colors offers scenic views at lake shores, mountain slopes, and rural roads. The harvest season is in full swing, and the bountiful of agricultural produce is enticing for the fall weather travelers.
The average high temperatures are in the pleasant zone of 68°F (20°C) to 74°F (23.3°C), while the average low temperatures register in the mild 39°F (3.9°C) to 54°F (12.2°C) statewide. Gatlinburg in eastern Tennessee registers comfortable temperatures between 43°F (6.1°C) to 71°F (21.7°C). The sunshine is bright and lasts for 6 to 7 hours during the day, but the nights tend to be cold. Lakeshores and mountains are ideal places to watch the beautiful sunrise and sunset in autumn.
October is one of the best times in the year to visit Tennessee.