It’s never too early to start planning your fall getaway to the Smokies. That’s because fall is one of the most popular seasons to visit these mountains with their gorgeous fall foliage in every hue from scarlet to amber.
Below, we’ve listed at least 12 things to do in the Smokies this fall, and they’re arranged by location, so you can easily pick out what you want to do based on the locale of your cabin. No matter where you stay, you’ll get to experience the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival—an area-wide event that features local food, music, art, storytelling, and family-friendly activities with fall flair. For more on what there is to do in the Smokies, keep reading!
Warm up with a whiskey. When the weather has cooled down a bit, you can warm up quickly with some homemade whiskey, also known as moonshine. Visit several popular distilleries along the Parkway in Gatlinburg, including Ole Smoky Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company, and Doc Collier Moonshine.
Drink a beer at OktOBERfest. Beginning in September, be sure to try a Bavarian-style beer along with traditional German music and food at OktOBERfest in the Smokies. Hosted at Ober Gatlinburg,* this popular event has been going strong in the Smokies since the 1980s.
Chow down on some chili. For those planning a trip in early November, don’t miss the Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff. This mouthwatering event is scheduled for November 9, 2016, in downtown Gatlinburg.
Visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.* While open year-round, this creepy mansion with 10,000 square feet of haunting attractions is perfect for an October visit to the Smokies. Where better to celebrate Halloween than the #1 haunted house in Gatlinburg?
In Pigeon Forge
Toss a football at the park. We’re going to let you in on a little secret about the Smokies: not everything fun has an admission price attached! So if you’re looking for a fun and easy way to enjoy the fall this year with your family, why not visit Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge (right behind The Old Mill)? Bring a football, feed the ducks, or just go for a relaxing stroll around the half-mile walking path.
Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Part of a fall visit to the Smokies is soaking in the fall foliage from a perfect vantage point. And one of the best places to do this in Pigeon Forge is on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot ferris wheel located at The Island.
In the Smoky Mountains
Take a hike under the changing leaves. Did you know the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the nation? Come experience it for yourself this fall by taking a hike beneath old-growth trees, packing a family picnic, or driving scenic roads like Cades Cove and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Visit a panoramic viewpoint. You just have to see it to believe it sometimes, and if you visit a popular park destination like Clingmans Dome (the highest point in the national park), you’ll be able to see all the colors that make the Smoky Mountains an ideal fall foliage destination!
In the Cabin
Cozy up in front of the fireplace. We have Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins with electric fireplaces, wood-burning fireplaces, and gas fireplaces. These make perfect cabin companions for those chilly fall nights in the mountains.
Make s’mores over an open flame. Few activities say fall better than melting marshmallows and assembling s’mores before an open flame. If this is a must for your family’s fall getaway, be sure to ask our reservation specialists about cabins with outdoor firepits or wood-burning fireplaces.
Watch a favorite Halloween movie in your private home theater. Our cabins’ home theaters aren’t just glorified living rooms with big screen TVs. There are entire rooms equipped with projectors, surround sound, theater-style seating—even movie posters on the wall. Watch your Halloween countdown in style this year in our Smoky Mountain cabins!
Curl up with a new book. Sometimes the best part about a fall vacation—or a vacation period—is the chance to relax away from deadlines and demanding schedules. Our cabins give you that chance with roomy living rooms, rocking chair porches, and relaxing amenities like outdoor hot tubs and indoor jetted tubs. So grab that book you’ve been meaning to read and head to the Smokies this fall!
*Cabins For You partners are popular area attractions we’ve teamed up with to offer you great deals. More money in your pocket at the end of vacation is always good news! When you stay at one of our Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge cabins, you’ll have access to a variety of discounts at local attractions like Ober Gatlinburg and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. For more information about the discounts available at these and other attractions, call 1-800-684-7865 or start an online chat with our reservation specialists today!