Gatlinburg: The Best Outdoor Activities During Autumn

The Fall is one of the best seasons of the year in Gatlinburg. There are lots of things to do, particularly outdoors. Fall brings beautiful colors, great weather, and lots of that southern charm that causes people in Gatlinburg to be so friendly. Because winter is nearby, Gatlinburg cabin guests like to take advantage of every chance they have to relish in the beautiful weather before it’s gone.

From young to old, people of every age can enjoy the outdoors in Gatlinburg during the Fall. The Smokies offer the perfect playground for adventure seekers, vacation takers, and nature lovers. There’s no shortage of things to do outdoors in Gatlinburg.

We thought we’d put together a handy list of things to do outdoors in Gatlinburg. Here it is:

Go HikingGatlinburg thing to do #1- Spend time at the Smoky Mountain National Park.

  • Hike to Clingman’s Dome – Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in the Smokies, and in Tennessee. It’s along the state line ridge which means it’s half in Tennessee and half in North Carolina. It can be accessed by driving through Newfound Gap onto Clingmans Dome Road. Once parked visitors take a steep half-mile paved trail to the top. At the top, visitors can take in the view from a 54 foot observation tower. On a clear day, the view covers 100 miles and 7 states. To learn more see
  • Hike to LetConte Lodge and do lunch- The only way to get to LeConte lodge is to hike. Trails to LeConte Lodge are anywhere from 5.5 to 7.2 miles long. Some hikers opt to hike up one day, eat dinner, spend the night, and then hike back down. Or, for the more ambitious, lunch is available for those who want to do a round trip hike in one day.

Gatlinburg thing to do #2 – Go camping.

Gatlinburg has a few campgrounds. Some of which include amenities like electricity, hot showers, and pools. The Smoky Mountains also have campgrounds where you can pitch a tent and really experience the out doors. Either way you go, camping is a fun outdoor adventure that’s perfect for the Fall weather in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg thing to do #3- Catch a Fish.

Gatlinburg stocks it’s water with trout so it’s a great place to go fishing. The calm water and relaxing atmosphere of the Smokies offer the perfect environment for catching some fish.

Gatlinburg thing to do #4 -Ride a horse.

Horse back riding in Gatlinburg is great! The Smoky Mountains offer the perfect backdrop for taking a ride. Winding trails cross streams and climb mountains to give you a fun ride that you will enjoy. If you want a ride call Smoky Mountain Stables at 865-436-5634 or Sugarland Riding Stables at 865-436-3535.

Gatlinburg thing to do #5 – Rent a mountain cabin.

Okay, I know this is technically not an outdoor activity, but I couldn’t help reminding everyone how beautiful the view can be from a lot of our Gatlinburg cabins. Just take a look at our pictures and imagine the view from some of our cabins. You may never have to leave your porch to experience the beautiful Smoky Mountains during fall foliage.

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