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Gatlinburg in October

Average Temp - 71 Degrees

October is one of the best and most popular times of the year to visit Gatlinburg. The weather is cool yet mild and the leaves are changing. The brilliant hues of red, orange and yellow make the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a sight to behold. It is no wonder that it is the most visited park in the U.S. National Park System. Fall activities are in full swing and there are also some great Halloween events happening. If you're planning a trip to the Smokies in October, check out what's going on:

Things to Do

Fall colored trees in October

Autumn Color in the Smokies
The colors of fall are at their peak in October. The Great Smoky Mountains is absolutely one of the most beautiful places to view fall color as reds, oranges and yellows paint the landscape. Check the fall color schedule ahead of time and enjoy drives, picnics and scenic overlooks when you get here.

Ripley's Fright Nights
Ripley's Haunted Adventure offers frights and thrills year round, but during its special Fright Nights in October, guests will get an extra treat. There is a new, unique theme each year that has different characters and decorations. Each night during Ripley's Fright Nights will begin with a character parade. There is no extra charge for the special Fright Nights.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Featuring talented artists from across the country, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair is a showcase of unique art, including pottery, quilts, wood carvings, jewelry, ceramics and more. Artists will be on hand demonstrate their work, and the art will also be on display and for sale. This local event has been named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. Spend a day browsing and buying some unique treasures.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Throughout autumn, shops will be decorated for the season and many festivals and activities will fill the schedule. The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival will feature great food, music, art and culture. It's a great time to be in the Smokies.

Popular Attractions

Along with some fun events, there are also other great things to do in Gatlinburg. Downtown Gatlinburg has go karts, laser tag, arcade games, outlet shopping, fine dining, miniature golf and more. The weather in October is just right for a light jacket, so you can enjoy the great outdoors all month long. Here are some other attractions you may want to check out: