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Everything You Need to Know About Fall in the Smoky Mountains

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. Here is everything you need to know about fall in the Smoky Mountains:

What to Expect

Autumn in the Smokies is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance.

There are many places you can go in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to view the sights of fall in the Smoky Mountains. We recommend riding on the Skylift in downtown Gatlinburg to see all the amazing foliage and an unbeatable view of of town. You can also explore Anakeesta and all the views this awesome Gatlinburg attraction has to offer.

When the Colors Start to Change

fallIn the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road. The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

The reds, yellows and oranges provide an incredible background to surrounding cities like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville. Wherever you choose to go on your vacation in the Smokies, you’ll be met with gorgeous with beautiful fall colors and that crisp mountain air that feels so good!

Where to Stay

When visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, you should consider reserving one of our vacation cabin rental in the mountains. You can take in the amazing mountain views, autumn colors, and grill out outdoors to top it off!  The Smokies offer both low land rentals and higher elevation, mountain rentals.  Make sure to book your family’s cabin early, as the Fall is an extremely popular time to visit the Smoky Mountains.

Now that you know all about fall in the Smoky Mountains, you can start planning your next trip to see all the wonderful colors. Check out our cabins in the Smokies and find a rental that fits all your vacation needs. We look forward to seeing you!