See A Smoky Mountain Fall Festival
This gorgeous time of year offers fall events in the Great Smoky Mountains. Here are just a few of fall festivals you can enjoy in the Smokies!
- Dollywood Harvest Festival – In October, Dollywood is decorated to celebrate harvest time. You can enjoy gospel music shows and see live craft demonstrations by skilled artisans. At night, Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights, is a display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns.
- Wears Valley Fall Festival – During the 3rd weekend of October, the mountain town of Wears Valley holds a fall festival filled with delicious food, crafts, music, and activities for kids!
- Fall Harvest at the Island – To celebrate fall, the Island in Pigeon Forge has a fall festival with live bluegrass music and fall decorations.
- Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair – For most of October, you can watch craftspeople from across the nation at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You can also enjoy live bluegrass and country music at this event.
- Octoberfest at Ober – This unique Smoky Mountain event features lots of Lederhosen, traditional German music and dance. Fill up on schnitzel, bratwurst, and imported beers at this fun Bavarian festival.
A Beautiful Fall Hike
As cooler temperatures arrive, the Smoky Mountains display a stunning array of colors. Hiking in the national park is an excellent way to explore the fall season.
If hiking isn’t your thing, there are tons of other outdoor adventures to enjoy in the Smokies like:
- Guided Horseback Rides
- Zip Lines
- Fly Fishing
- Mountain Coasters
- ATV Riding Trails
- Tree Canopy Tours
You don’t have to hike through the Smoky Mountains to see fall colors, you can enjoy the beauty from the comfort of your car. You can experience the diverse ecosystems of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park without ever leaving your vehicle.
Here are some roads and overlooks that are perfect for enjoying fall in the Smoky Mountains:
- Newfound Gap Road
- Clingman’s Dome Road
- The Roaring Fork Motor Trail
- The Cades Cove Loop Road
- Tremont Road
- Morton Overlook
- Oconoluftee Valley Overlook
- Look Rock on the Foothills Parkway
What many visitors yearn to see is known as “peak fall foliage. In the Smoky Mountains, elevation, location, weather, and temperature will effect when peak happens, so knowing where and when to find fall colors in the Smokies is key.
Spooky Time in the Smoky Mountains
October is the month for ghost stories and haunted houses. Pigeon Forge Gatlinburg have plenty of scary fun!
There are haunted attractions such as
- Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
- The Mysterious Mansion
- Outbreak: Dread The Undead
- Kyker Farms Haunted Corn Maze
- Gatlinburg Ghost Tours
Fall Cabin Vacation
One of the best ways to experience fall in the Smoky Mountains is to rent your own private cabin rental in the mountains with My Bearfoot Cabins! Enjoy comfortable amenities like hot tubs, game rooms, and decks with lovely mountain views.
Feel free to contact us.
Pat and Don Kirchhoefer, Owners