Fall Activities in the Smoky Mountains
There's no better place to sample the sights, sounds and flavors of fall than in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
Encompassing 500,000 acres of mountains and valley, forests and fields, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most popular places in America to view fall foliage—on foot along the many hiking trails and by car on hundreds of miles of roads. Autumn leaves in the Smoky Mountains begin to change colors in mid-September at higher elevations, with lower elevations seeing fall colors into mid-October and November.
Drawing on the area's rich Appalachian heritage, fall in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is filled with harvest festivals, music events and opportunities to watch master artisans demonstrating heritage craft skills. Decorated with pumpkins, straw bales and scarecrows, the streets and shops of Gatlinburg are perfect for strolling while sipping hot apple cider and snacking on freshly popped salty-sweet kettle corn.
Arts & Crafts Community |
Cades Cove |
Dinner Shows & Live Theater
Dollywood | Fishing | Gatlinburg Space Needle
Great Smoky Mountain Wheel | Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hiking & Waterfalls | Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park
Old Mill Square | Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies | Shopping
Whitewater Rafting | WonderWorks Interactive Museum