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Best Ways to See The Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Information on the leaves changing colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkAlthough the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is temporarily closed, the dark green trees continue to burst into vibrant fall colors. There are plenty of ways to see the colorful Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Whether you and your family are looking to spend the day driving through the plush mountain scenery want to take the more adventurous route on a Pigeon Forge zipline adventure, there are still plenty of ways to experience the beautiful fall foliage this season.

For guests looking for the perfect driving tour, Visit My Smokies directs drivers to Newfound Gap Road (US-441), the Gatlinburg Bypass and The Spur road that connects Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The entire length of Newfound Gap Road (US-441), including the Newfound Gap parking area and restrooms, are currently open for visitors looking to enjoy the fall foliage. The Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook also remains open on the Gatlinburg Bypass.

For guests looking for a more unique view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Visit My Smokies encourages visitors to try one of the many guided scenic helicopter tours. Taking riders above the Smoky Mountain canopy, these exciting tours are the perfect way to experience the colors unlike anywhere else.

Want an aerial tour a little closer to the ground? Pigeon Forge zip lines are the perfect way for guests to zip through the tree tops while still being securely connected to the ground. Zipline companies such as Legacy Mountain in Pigeon Forge bring guests the ultimate scenic viewing experience.

Other scenic ways to experience the fall foliage include a ride on the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, The Gatlinburg Sky Lift, horseback riding in Pigeon Forge, and the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

Want to learn more about the fun and exciting ways to see the colorful leaves in the Smokies this season? Visit My Smokies invites guests to check out our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions page for up to date information on all the fun and exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains National Park.


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    Sandy J Ball

    Why not give away a small vacation to some couple! I would dearly love a mini vacation I haven’t had one in years!

    October 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

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