Enjoying fall in the Smokies is not a difficult task as the ranges and valleys burst into color with the turning leaves of birch, maple, oak, sweetgum, and hickory trees turn yellow, orange, red, and bronze. Plan a few days to enjoy the beautiful views in the crisp air and make your base camp at one of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Sevierville. The porches, rocking chairs, and porch swings of our chalets near the Smokies are some of the best places to enjoy fall in the Smokies. Here are a few other places to enjoy the beautiful colors.
Sky High Views of Fall Colors
An easy choice for relaxed views of fall in the Smokies is to take the SkyLift to the longest suspension bridge in North America, the SkyBridge. A similar approach is to take the Aerial Tramway at Ober Gatlinburg. Either option opens up possibilities for those with little children or unable to cover uneven terrain. Plus, both are easily accessible from our cabins in Gatlinburg.
Caves and Colors
One of the most popular hikes in the national park is also one of the best places to enjoy fall in the Smokies. Alum Cave is a moderate trail of 4.4 miles, with the cave actually an impressive 80-feet bluff that stretches one-tenth of a mile. It offers great views of autumn leaves as well as interesting topographical features. The trail continues onto Mt. Leconte, another top destination for hikers.
A Longer Hike for Bigger Views
For serious walkers looking for great views and a challenging trail, the trail to Shuckstack Fire Tower offers sensational scenery. Only seven miles, it has an elevation gain of more than 2,000 feet, most of it in a three-mile stretch. At the conclusion, however, the astonishing panorama includes the whole of the Smoky Mountains, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and foothills in every direction.
Drive to Fall in the Smokies
A great choice for leaf peepers with limited mobility, the Foothills Parkway makes for a beautiful drive, with mile after mile of incredible colors. There are frequent places to pull over, as well, and they offer incredible panoramas to the Cumberland Plateau in the west, the various valleys of the Appalachian ranges, and over into North Carolina. The observation tower at Look Rock is a short walk from one of these rest stops gives a 360-degree vista.
Cabins in Gatlinburg Are Close to Nature
The final place on this list is one that many people will miss on their vacation to the Smokies. One of the best places to enjoy the autumn colors is from the back porch of one of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge!
Our cabins are situated with gorgeous vistas: mountains, valleys, and forests are all possibilities. Reserve one of our secluded cabins in the tree canopy and listen to the sounds of nature among beautiful falling leaves. Prefer panoramas? Plenty of cabins look down on to Gatlinburg and on to the mountains. Better yet, you can enjoy them with a glass or mug of something nice while resting on a rocking chair or soaking in a hot tub. You might even find that enjoying fall in the Smokies means never leaving your cabin!