How to Plan the Perfect Smoky Mountain Vacation in the Fall

The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect setting for a fall vacation, with beautiful views, crisp mountain air, and plenty of fun activities to enjoy. Fall in the Smokies offers activities sure to please couples, families, or even a group of friends on a getaway. Make your base camp on of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and come back to cozy and deluxe rooms, all of which cost less than you might imagine. Below are some suggestions to help you plan a great vacation in the Smokies.

Fall in the Smokies Means Beautiful Colors

The best place to start is to see the autumn colors. There are a lot of different ways of doing this, even for those bringing little ones or with limited abilities. A short drive into the Smokies from one of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge will show off the autumn vistas as you climb in elevation. Head to a National Park Visitor Center and check out trail maps, which include short nature trails nearby, along with plenty of shorter hikes that still reward with amazing views.

Go for a stroll earlier in the day to enjoy crisp mountain air and the bright yellows, oranges, reds, and greens in the mists that give the Smokies their name. On many afternoons, a bright sun gives a pleasant warmth and makes the leaves glow with color. If hiking is not your thing, then pile in the car, pop a donation in one of the boxes, and head off to the Cades Cove Loop, Roaring Fork Motor Trail, or through the National Park to Cherokee.

Shop for Autumn Decorations

Another pleasant option for enjoying fall in the Smokies is to visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg. This bustling area has over 100 artisans, great for picking out some fall decorations to bring home. There are also plenty of restaurants so you can have lunch or drink something hot while visiting the carpenters, potters, weavers, painters, and more.

The center of Gatlinburg is beautiful in the autumn as well and offers further options for boutique and gallery shopping. There are also plenty of fun activities, like go-karts and mini-golf, which are great on a crisp, sunny autumn day.

Amazing Autumn Views…from Your Back Porch

Make enjoying fall in the Smokies even easier by reserving one of our cabins in Gatlinburg today. Our cabins have between one and eight bedrooms and are located near the center of town, though the quiet settings might make you feel miles away from anywhere. They also make a great place to enjoy the Smoky Mountains, with some of the best views in the area from a back porch or bedroom window.

Book a few days or longer in the Smokies and enjoy the amazing colors, fresh mountain air, and relaxing pace of life, all of which you can relish from the back porch of one of our amazing cabins in Gatlinburg!