There is always plenty going on in and around the Smoky Mountains in autumn, from festivals to events, and much more. Why not plan a vacation to the Smokies and enjoy the beautiful colors, crisp air, and the many happenings around the area? There are activities for families, foodies, and those that enjoy crafts, plus various celebrations of the season. Make the most of your trip and stay in one of well-appointed yet affordable cabins in Gatlinburg and enjoy fall in the Smokies.
Celebrate All That Autumn Has to Offer
The best place to start is at the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in scenic Gatlinburg. A celebration of all things fall, the Harvest Festival includes events celebrating Halloween, Oktoberfest, Veterans Day, and much more. Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain offers scares for those in the mood, while nightly Gatlinburg ghost walks tell the stories from former Native American and pioneer inhabitants of the area.
Running until Nov. 3, OktOBERfest brings Bavaria to Ober Gatlinburg, with its own bier garten, German food, and live entertainment. Enjoy the breath-taking views of fall in the Smokies and Gatlinburg down below at the festival. On Nov. 5, another culinary activity is hosted by a well-known local brand at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Presented by Bush’s® Chili Beans.
On Nov. 11, the Veterans Day Celebration includes a ceremony to honor those who served in our armed forces. An official salute takes places at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza, designated an Official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day.
November also brings the start of the Christmas season in Gatlinburg. Dollywood’s Fall Festival ends Nov. 2, with its famous Christmas lights on show afterwards. The Smoky Mountain Opry also boasts a multi-million dollar light display, which starts on Nov. 1.
Fall in the Smokies Means the Great Outdoors
The best event during fall in the Smokies to enjoy is, of course, the national park itself. Awash with color, the Great Smoky Mountains are widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places to witness autumn in the U.S. There are many ways to enjoy the park, even for those unable to go hiking in the Smokies.
Get up early or arrive later in the afternoon and drive the Cades Cove Loop to enjoy woodland creatures and birds amidst the autumn colors. A drive over the Smokies to Cherokee will also delight the senses. Just make sure to pop a donation in the box to offset the emissions.
Better yet, lace up your hiking boots or walking shoes and go for a walk. You do not have to tackle the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the Smokies, to enjoy the vivid yellows, oranges, reds, greens, and silvers of the national park. Most trails are in the 3-to-12 mile range and offer stunning vistas in the clean mountain air.
Cabins in Gatlinburg Bring You Close to the Colors
Whichever way you decide to enjoy fall in the Smokies, our beautiful and cozy cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge make a great place to start and end your day. Save money on eating out by using the full kitchens in each cabin and wind down at the end of the day in the hot tub. All of our cabins have their own porches as well, so you can enjoy fall in the Smokies from your home away from home.