Fall is one of my absolute favorite times in the Smokies! I love the beautiful colors on display as the leaves change; I revel in the crispness of the fall mountain air and adore all of the events taking place at this time in Gatlinburg. If this is the time of year that you make your annual trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, then here is a reminder of all the wonderful things you will want to check out. If you are trying to decide if this will be the year that you make your first pilgrimage to the inviting Tennessee Mountains, then here are a few more events to entice you toward Southern hospitality and fun.
Autumn Colors in the Smokies: If you are wondering what the best time is to view the amazing fall foliage, here is your answer! The Smoky Mountain Park Rangers suggest you visit September 14 – November 15, to view the warm pallet of God’s creation cascading down the mountain side. The colors are usually vibrant for about seven weeks. The color change begins in the higher elevations and gradually moves down the mountains.
Taste of Autumn: On September 15, for a small admission, you can taste all of Gatlinburg’s wares to the sound of live local music! At the Gatlinburg Convention Center, they will be featuring area restaurants and businesses! Get a preview and decide what restaurants and businesses are a must see before going home, you may even decide to visit some twice!
12th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament: September 24 – 25, fishermen young and old will gather in Gatlinburg to take part in the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. It is open to adults and children and there are multiple categories for all ages. So grab your fishing buddy, your Dad or Grandson and take part in the largest trout tournament in the Smokies!
Trolley Ride of Lights: Christmas is most everyone’s favorite time of the year, so the good people of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, get started toward the end of fall! Beginning November 9, you can sit in a cozy trolley and take in all of the glittering Christmas lights for only $5.00. This makes a fabulous family outing as well as a romantic time for cuddling and chit-chat. The ride runs through January 30, 2012. For more information call 865-436-0535 or check out our previous blog about the Free Gatlinburg Trolley.
Veteran’s Day Celebration: If you have a veteran in your family, arrange to be in Gatlinburg, on November 11. On this day, Gatlinburg gathers at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza for a musical tribute to those that put their lives on hold and those that sacrificed their lives that we may be free!
These events should get you started! And if you think these are exciting just wait until you hear what else Gatlinburg, Tennessee, has going on in the fall!!