The season of autumn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is one of the busiest times of the year. The Great Smoky Mountains offer one of the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the country, drawing in thousands and thousands of visitors every year. One of the most festive and beautiful times to visit, the crisp weather and gorgeous scenery keeps families coming back for their Gatlinburg fall vacation year after year.
With such breathtaking fall color displays, many of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals book pretty far in advance. Families, couples, and friends begin planning their Gatlinburg fall vacations months ahead of time, reserving the perfect cabin for their Smoky Mountain stay. If you have a particular cabin, set of dates, or variety of amenities in mind, it is important to book your fall vacation to Gatlinburg as soon as possible!
In fact, many of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals have already received reservations for October! Cabins with beautiful mountain views, large group cabins, and ones that are pet friendly are often the ones that typically book the furthest in advance. If you are planning to take a Gatlinburg fall vacation, plan your dates and book your cabin today!
One of the best things about fall vacations to Gatlinburg is that you can enjoy the fall colors over several weeks! The fiery colors of autumn don’t simply last a week or two, but often stretch an entire month or more. The fall colors begin to turn at the peaks of the Smoky Mountains before slowly making their way down to the valleys.
Fall colors depend on many variables – temperature and rainfall play important roles in both the quality and length of the display. Typically colors begin to display in late September or early October, with the peak arriving around the third week of October. Last year, the leaves held on and displayed their colors until early November!
The season of fall is a wonderful time in Gatlinburg, with the entire city going “all out” to celebrate the season. All along the downtown Gatlinburg Parkway you will find fall decorations, such as hay bales, pumpkins, and scarecrows. There are also many great fall events in Gatlinburg that you simply won’t want to miss!
The annual Fall Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is hosted during the month of October, celebrating the season with artists from around the area. It’s hosted at the Gatlinburg Convention Center; here you will be able to find a variety of fall decorations, paintings, and jewelry that make for great souvenirs to take back home. Drawing the finest craftsmen and their art from all across the country, you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy!
Fall in Gatlinburg isn’t complete without some great seasonal food and fun. Attend Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg through early November – a celebration of the popular festival in Germany. Sip on some tasty Oktoberfest beer and feast on traditional German food such as pretzels, bratwurst, and strudel. You can also enjoy German song and dance in multiple performances every day!
Of course, many of our guests enjoy their Gatlinburg fall vacation without ever leaving their cabin rental. Our cozy Gatlinburg cabins feature fireplaces for curling up with a cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate. See the leaves up close and personal by taking a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or just relax in your warm and soothing hot tub as you soak in the spectacular fall colors. Experiencing a Gatlinburg fall vacation is something that you have to check off your bucket list!