5 Fun Things to Do in the Fall

Spending part of your fall in the Smokies offers a treat for the senses and is a great way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life. Connect with nature as your stop to look for wildlife, walk along one of the 800 miles of trails in the Smokies, and enjoy the colors. Shop for handmade presents and decorations or enjoy autumn or Christmas lights. When you start your day in one of our quiet cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge after a restful night’s sleep, you will enjoy your autumn activities even more.

Watch for Wildlife

As the year draws towards the colder months, it is your best chance for wildlife spotting until spring. The Smokies are full of incredible birds and mammals, from a variety of songbirds and smaller woodland creatures to white-tailed deer and black bears. There are plenty of places to spot wildlife, as well, like Cades Cove. This scenic loop takes in old settlers’ cabins, but in the early mornings or the evening is a great time to spot these majestic creatures.

Go Hiking in the Smokies

Another fun thing to do on your fall vacation is to go hiking in the Smokies. It is another great option for spotting some of the mountains’ birds or animals, plus it will surround you with the gorgeous colors of fall in the Smokies.

Although there are many places to drive to see autumn foliage, you cannot truly make the most of a fall vacation until you have crunched colorful leaves, breathed in the clean mountain air, and been rewarded for your efforts with a panoramic view of turning trees and range after range of the Smokies. 

Buy Appalachian Arts and Crafts

Choose a day to visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community near Gatlinburg. This stretch of artisans is the largest is North America and there are more than one hundred shops. It is a great place to choose some handmade fall decorations or Christmas trimmings for your home. It is also worth speaking to the painters, sculptors, weavers, carpenters, and many more craftspeople about Appalachian life. Many can even pass on stories from the pioneer days.

Take in the Light Displays

A vacation to enjoy fall in the Smokies would not be complete without enjoying the many lights displays. Dollywood and Anakeesta parks both have creative autumn lights, which turn into Christmas lights in early November. The city of Pigeon Forge has more than half a million Christmas lights that turn on in late November, while many of the shopping centers have their own light displays.

Relax in One of Our Cabins in Gatlinburg

One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy fall in the Smokies is by picking one of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. You can start your day with a mug of something warm on the porch, curled up on a rocking chair or porch swing, before using its fully equipped kitchen to prepare a hearty breakfast. Enjoy the leaves, mountain, and clean air from your hot tub and watch the stars come out. You may even decide not to leave the cozy confines of one of our cabins in Gatlinburg!