Fall in the Smoky Mountains hike is one of the most picturesque times of year, especially when all of the leaves have completed their seasonal transformation. At Alpine Mountain Chalets, we want families and guests to be able to capture as much of this season’s beauty as possible, and that is why we have put together a list of our top 5 favorite spots to take Smoky Mountains fall pictures.
Perfect for Christmas cards, family photo albums, and updating your Facebook, there is definitely no shortage of beauty that these pictures can hold.
The third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mount LeConte is one of the most popular Smoky Mountain hiking trails. At its summit, guests will find panoramic views, as well as a small little restaurant where they can pick up a picnic lunch to eat while they enjoy the view.
Although the hike is a little strenuous, over 11 miles with one route, you will still want to pack your camera to capture the incredible fall Smoky Mountain views that Mount LeConte has to offer. If you are lucky, maybe you will even be able to snap a picture or two of the famous llamas that carry supplies up and down the mountain for the lodge located at Mount LeConte.
With over 2 million annual visitors, there is no question that Cades Cove is beautiful all year long. However, there is still no competing with just how pretty this area is during the Smoky Mountains fall season. From the comfort of your car as you travel around the 11-mile loop road, guests will be able to capture pictures of historic home sites, buildings, churches, scenery, and the occasional wildlife.
If you want a closer view, guests are encouraged to park their car at one of the loop road’s pull off areas and hike to these iconic structures.
You may want to make sure you pack an extra battery and memory card when you visit Cades Cove to take your Smoky Mountains fall pictures because there is no telling just how many picturesque moments you will want to capture.
The observation deck found at the peak of Clingmans Dome offers visitors a complete 360-degree view of the scenic Smoky Mountains. From here, guests can see several miles into the distance, offering the perfect spot to capture a few memorable Smoky Mountains fall pictures.
The hike to the observation deck is only half a mile long, but thanks to the steep incline of the paved trail, we want to remind guests that you will want to make sure to wear comfortable shoes that won’t slip off your feet.
If you are looking for a relaxing waterfall setting for the backdrop of your Smoky Mountains fall pictures, look no further than Ramsey Cascades. The tallest waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ramsey Cascades’ beauty really does have to be seen to be believed thanks to the dense old-growth forest that surrounds the waterfall.
In the warmer months, guests to Ramsey Cascades can usually spot a well-camouflaged salamander or two, as well as spend time splashing around in the little pool of water that collects at the base of the waterfall.
Special warning: do not attempt to climb on the rocks that make up the waterfall! This is very dangerous.
Click here for directions to the Ramsey Cascades hiking trail: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/ramsey-cascades.htm
Newfound Gap Road
Newfound Gap Road is the Smoky Mountain driving trail that connect Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC. This road is one of our favorite photo spots in the Smokies thanks to the several pull-offs and scenic overlooks that are found along the roadway.
From these overlooks, visitors can see for miles into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Smoky Mountain fall colors that can be seen from here are simply stunning.
If you don’t feel like driving the entire length of the road, the pull-offs are also a good place where you and your family can turn around and head back to your relaxing Smoky Mountain cabin rental for the night.
Speaking of a relaxing Smoky Mountain cabin that you and your family can unwind in, at Alpine Mountain Chalets, we offer a variety of spacious and affordable cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge that are great for families traveling to the Smoky Mountains this fall. To begin the search for your perfect cabin, feel free to scroll through our inventory by clicking the Smoky Mountains cabins tab on our website.
You can also give us a call or fill out the Alpine Mountain Chalets contact form on our website. One of our vacation experts will be in touch with you as soon as possible.