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3 Things You Must Do in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall


The Smoky Mountains come alive during the fall each year. There are many things for you and your family to enjoy in the Smoky Mountains during all times of the year, but the fall season is something very special here. With the leaves changing colors and the days getting cooler, it is a great time of the year to take a quick trip away from home with your family. Here are a few things to do that you do not want to miss during your trip the to the Smoky Mountains in the fall.

1. Take in the Mountain Views

the smoky mountains in the fallThe Smoky Mountains are located within the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and are among the oldest mountains in the world. Not only are these mountains some of the oldest, they are also probably some of the most breathtaking mountains in the world. The Smoky Mountains just roll across the terrain, one after the other, and go far beyond what the naked eye can see. No matter how many times you see these mountain views, you will still think that the scene in front of you is completely unreal. Then, to make the scene even more amazing, in the fall the Smoky Mountains change to the vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. The changing of the leaves in the Smoky Mountains gradually happens over a 6 week period every year. The leaves change from the bright greens of summer into the golden colors of fall, and it is something you will not want to miss out on. Some of the best ways to take in the views are to take a scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or visit mountaintop attractions like the Gatlinburg SkyPark, Anakeesta, and Ober Mountain.

2. Take a Walk in the Woods

Not only do the Smoky Mountains have spectacular mountain views that are easily viewable by car, there are also many views that can only be accessed by using your own two feet. Hiking in the Smoky Mountains in the fall is something you do not want to miss out on. Not only can you enjoy mountain views that will take your breath away during your hike, you will also enjoy the colors of fall up close and personal. The brightest colored trees will pop out to you in a way that trees in the distance could not. Some of the most popular hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains in the fall include Chimney Tops, Alum Cave Bluffs and many more. You will just have to do some exploring of your own to determine which hiking spot is your favorite.

3. Enjoy Fall Celebrations

Dollywood's Great Pumpkin LuminightsFall is a time to celebrate. With the colors changing all around you, the surplus of amazing foods available after the fall harvest, and the cooler weather, you and your whole family will want to celebrate. The Smoky Mountains region feels the same way. There are many events going on throughout the Smoky Mountains during the fall, all in celebration of this wonderful time of the year. You will not want to miss out on any of these great events during your visit to the Smoky Mountains. Some of the most popular fall festivals and events include the Wears Valley Fall Festival, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, Gatlinburg SkyPark’s Boo Fest, and Anakeesta’s Bear-varian Fall Festival. 

With so many great things going on in the Smoky Mountains in the fall, you and your family will thoroughly enjoy your stay in the region. Your enjoyment of the region shouldn’t stop when you go back to your home away from home. Check out our many amazing Smoky Mountains cabin rentals that provide you with beautiful fall views, warm fireplaces, and other great amenities, so you will never stop enjoying the fall season during your stay in the Smoky Mountains.