Smoky Mountains during fall

4 Things to Know About Visiting the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

October 19, 2022

Are you ready to experience the fall in the Smoky Mountains? The fall is the perfect time to visit our beautiful mountain community as the weather cools and leaves change colors, making for a perfect scenery and vibe everywhere you go! No matter your preference of activity, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in the Smokies during fall! Here are 4 things to know about visiting the Smoky Mountains in the fall:

1. Explore Cades Cove

cades cove in fall

Cades Cove has become a popular getaway destination for visitors in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Visitors love to drive through Cades Coves and view the beautiful fall foliage, historic buildings and wildlife on the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road! Or choose to explore Cades Cove on foot by taking one of the awesome hiking trails! Abrams Falls is a picturesque waterfall featuring a 20-foot drop in Cades Cove! The possibilities for exploration and excitement are endless during the fall in gorgeous Cades Cove.

2. Take in the Views From Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is the perfect place for visitors in search of the best views! As the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome offers sweeping, panoramic views of the Smokies from high up above! Traveling to the observation tower atop Clingmans Dome requires taking a half-mile, steep walk to the top. On clear days, guests can expect to be able to see views of more than 100 miles of colorful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Scenic pullouts offer folks the chance to view endless ridges and valleys throughout Clingmans Dome.

3. Visit Harvest Festival at Dollywood


Dollywood, the Pigeon Forge family amusement park, is a must-visit location in the Smoky Mountains, but particularly so in the fall! Named Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Theme Park in the United States as part of its 2022 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards, Dollywood hosts a festival each fall. Every September and October, Dollywood presents the Harvest Festival, where visitors celebrate the changing seasons. The forests come alive with bright colors, fresh apple and pumpkin scents fill the streets and screams of joy echo from the thrilling rides as they take to the air! After dark, award-winning Great Pumpkin LumiNights come to life, helping you feel in a cozy fall spirit!

4. Enjoy A Zipline Adventure at Anakeesta

Soar from tree to tree as you experience the color changing Smokies from high above! At Anakeesta, the Gatlinburg theme park, you can feel like a bird as you enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains in the fall! Anakeesta was named the Best Zipline award from the Best of Pigeon Forge Awards! Anakeesta’s Dueling Zipline Adventure is a 3-zip excursion through the Smoky Mountains and includes reppels. Highly trained and skilled guides take you through all the correct safety steps for a fun and secure experience in the most beautiful nature!

Now that you know where and what you can do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall, we hope you’re ready to start planning a visit to the area to check things out! Take and look at one of our cabins with mountain views and consider planning a stay with us!