3 Ways to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

October 20, 2023
fall leaves in the Smoky Mountains

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Smoky Mountains. People from all around love to make their way to the Smokies to see the mountains covered in vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges. If you’re visiting the area this fall, you’ll want to make sure you soak in as much of the autumn beauty as possible. Here are a few great ways to enjoy fall colors in the Smoky Mountains during your vacation:

1. Go on a Hike

If you want to get an up-close look at fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, you should go on a hike! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 800 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy hikes for beginners to strenuous trails for experienced hikers. As you walk along these hiking trails, you’ll be immersed in nature and surrounded by trees covered in fall colors. If you go on a hike that leads to a mountain view, you can look out at the mountain landscape blanketed in fall foliage. Some of the best views can be found from the Alum Cave Trail, Chimney Tops Trail, Andrews Bald Trail, Clingmans Dome, and Charlies Bunion

2. Take a Scenic Drive

View from Newfound Gap Road during fallYou can enjoy breathtaking fall colors in the Smoky Mountains without leaving the comfort of your vehicle! Going on a scenic drive is a great way to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see some of the best views of fall scenery. Driving Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee will give you plenty of opportunities to take in the views during your drive as well as from a number of overlooks. Another popular scenic drive is Cades Cove Loop Road where you’ll be surrounded by fall colors all around as you meander through the picturesque valley.

3. Have a Picnic

Having a picnic is a great way to relax in the beauty of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. There are a number of picnic areas throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Some of the most popular picnic spots can be found at Cades Cove, Metcalf Bottoms, and Greenbrier. You can also enjoy the fall weather and scenery at Wear Farm City Park, which is located on Wears Valley Road just a few minutes away from our Pigeon Forge hotel. You can pack a picnic lunch of cold cuts, bread, and toppings for an easy, budget-friendly picnic, or you can pick up takeout from your favorite local restaurant to bring along. Just make sure you clean up your trash and dispose of it in a bear-proof trash can!

Where to Stay Near the Smoky Mountains This Fall

If you’re planning a trip to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains this fall, make sure you stay close to all the action. Our Pigeon Forge hotel is located in the heart of Pigeon Forge and just minutes from all the fun things to do in the area. Book your room today to start planning a memorable fall vacation!