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Why You Should Visit the Smokies This Fall

Ray of sunlight shining down on the Smoky Mountains at dawnAre you thinking about planning your vacation the Smoky Mountains? Millions of families make their way to the Smoky Mountains every year, so Visit My Smokies combined a few of the best ways to see the colors of the mountains.

Fall Colors

No colors are as beautiful as the bright reds, yellows and oranges that blanket the treetops during the fall season in the Smoky Mountains. East Tennessee is a beautiful place to visit any time of year, but the fall colors make the trip even more special. With plenty of places to take pictures, memories can be made in the Smokies year after year.

Events and Activities

There are many events that celebrate the harvest season in the Smoky Mountains. Dollywood has kicked off their Southern Gospel and Harvest Festival where visitors can enjoy live music concerts and meet with artists from across the country. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is also hosting their Shocktober event through the end of October, a popular activity for families who want to experience a different perspective of Halloween. At the Gatlinburg event, visitors can see a hilariously spooky hypnotism show that will leave the audience thrilled and excited with imaginations. There are many other events that can be found in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this season, so take a look at Visit My Smokies events calendar for up-to-date information on upcoming events.

Views from Attractions

Some of the attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer excellent views of the mountaintops. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge is a modern-day ferris wheel that gives riders a 20-story view of the Smokies as well as the exciting Pigeon Forge Parkway. Other attractions in Gatlinburg, including the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, and the Gatlinburg Overlook showcase scenic views of the Smoky Mountains.

Looking for a place to stay during your vacation to the Smokies? Visit My Smokies encourages visitors to take a look at their ‘Where to Stay’ page to find the perfect place to book their stay in the mountains!


  • Avatar for norma tucker
    norma tucker

    is cades cove open since government shut down we want to come in a couple of weeks please reply thank you Norma Tucker

    October 13, 2013 at 8:23 pm
  • Avatar for Brad Lovett

    Hi Norma, Cades Cove is closed for the duration of the government shutdown (unless the park can be reopened by the states of Tennessee and North Carolina as is happening in some parts of the country. We will announce any changes on our blog and Facebook page.

    October 14, 2013 at 9:42 am
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    jessica james

    Colorful view

    October 19, 2013 at 3:17 am
  • Avatar for Jean Houser
    Jean Houser

    I have never been to the Smoky Mountains but would love to come in the fall just to see the beautiful views of God’s creations

    October 19, 2013 at 4:03 am
  • Avatar for Bonnie Burch
    Bonnie Burch

    Never been and so close to home.Heard about the beauty and have seen pictures. Id love to have my own picture and memories.

    October 19, 2013 at 7:06 am
  • Avatar for Debbie Kolb Privette
    Debbie Kolb Privette

    I should visit the Smokies this Fall because I need a break from recent events that have occurred in my life and there is NO place I would rather be right now than the Smokies. I also feel this will keep me away from the rat race of daily living and help me decide what would be best for our kids..

    October 19, 2013 at 10:54 am
  • Avatar for becky

    weve never visited the mountians always heard of its beauty, and have wanted to come to see for our selves the beauty and enjoy the peacefulness of this place. only god could create

    October 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm
    • Avatar for Emily Arnwine
      Emily Arnwine

      We hope you make a trip to the Smoky Mountains soon! Thank you for sharing!

      November 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

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