50 Sure-Fire Ways to ‘Fall’ into the Smokies

A vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains is one of those classic fall experiences. With the backdrop of the Smokies, the changing of the leaves, the cool days and crisp nights, the baskets full of apples, hot cider and cocoa, and the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere you go, everything about Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge screams FALL.

It’s one of the most popular times of the year to visit the Smokies, and if you’ve ever been here, you know why. So if you’ve been planning your Smoky Mountain escape and need some ideas for fall fun, read on. There are dozens of things to do, but here are just 50 quick ideas to get your fall vacation started. And if you want more ideas (or recipes for the cabin), continue to peruse our blog. We’re always posting new travel tips, the best hiking trails, event information, and so much more.

  1. Hike up Mt. LeConte – and get some fantastic views.
  2. Go to one of the highest points in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Clingmans Dome.
  3. Zip through the trees at Smoky Mountain Ziplines.
  4. Ride the Alpine Slide at Ober Gatlinburg.
  5. Tour the Smokies from above with Scenic Helicopter Tours.
  6. Roast marshmallows over your fire pit at the cabin.
  7. Have a picnic at Metcalf Bottoms.
  8. Take a scenic drive around Cades Cove loop.
  9. Explore the RMS Titanic as a passenger or crew member.
  10. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island.
  11. Bundle up with scarves, hats, and flannels from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
  12. Do some Christmas shopping at The Village Shops.
  13. Warm up with hot apple cider at The Apple Barn.
  14. Stay warm with some moonshine at Ole Smoky Moonshine.
  15. Watch the show fountains dance at The Island.
  16. Drive around the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community loop.
  17. Browse and buy at the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show.
  18. Wind your way through Kyker Farms Corn Maze.
  19. Get spooked at Ripley’s Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.
  20. Have a cup of hot cocoa in your rocking chairs.
  21. Climb into the hot tub on your deck and watch the stars.
  22. Curl up in front of the fireplace and watch your favorite Thanksgiving or Halloween family movie.
  23. Stroll the Parkway and peek in at the fall decorations of the stores.
  24. Take a dip in your private indoor pool.
  25. Cast a line in the cool waters of the Smokies.
  26. Get a big stack of pumpkin pancakes at The Pancake Pantry.
  27. Treat yourself to gourmet candy apples at local favorites like Kilwin’s.
  28. Pick up a quilt from one of the local artisans in the area.
  29. Play a round of putt putt at Ripley’s Davy Crockett-themed course.
  30. Listen to live music at Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel Harvest Celebration.
  31. Go on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin at Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch in Sevierville.
  32. Run from zombies at Outbreak: Dread the Undead (at the Hollywood Wax Museum).
  33. Drive the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
  34. Check out all the historic buildings in the area, from churches to homes.
  35. Load up on fudge at one of the many candy shops in the area.
  36. Stay warm inside while you play games in your rec room.
  37. Get a hot apple pie at The Apple Barn – and take it back to enjoy in the cabin.
  38. Get some Southern comfort food at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.
  39. Walk off the 3,000 calories you just ate (see #38) with a few laps around the shops at The Island.
  40. Go on a horseback ride with Sugarland Riding Stables.
  41. Hop aboard the trolley for a relaxing way to explore downtown.
  42. Enjoy a dinner show; you’ll have plenty to choose from.
  43. Play arcade games and laser tag in downtown Pigeon Forge.
  44. Experience the thrill of the ride at NASCAR SpeedPark.
  45. Get your adrenaline pumping at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving.
  46. Meet some new friends at the Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo.
  47. Take in the views from the Aerial Tramway at Ober Gatlinburg.
  48. Get 360-degree fall views at the Gatlinburg Space Needle downtown.
  49. Take a tour with Smoky Mountain Guides and save on their tours when you stay with Cabins for YOU!
  50. Hike the moderately difficult trail to Laurel Falls for some beautiful waterfall views and great scenery along the way.

At Cabins for YOU, we’ve partnered with some of the top attractions in the area to offer YOU great deals. Give us a call at 800.684.7865 and ask about our partner discounts to see how you can save on the area’s most fun places!


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