waterfall in the smokies in the fall

Top 6 Places to See the Smoky Mountains Fall Colors

It’s that time of year again, time to see the beautiful Smoky Mountains fall colors. If you have not yet had the chance to see the beauty of fall in the Smokies, we at Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals highly suggest that you and your family make this year the year, and include one of these scenic places on your itinerary for your next trip to the area this season.

Zip Lining

What better place to get a full view of the Smoky Mountains fall colors than from high above the treetops on one of the area’s many exciting zip lines? Here, not only will you and your family have a front row seat for all the beautiful seasonal colors that the Smoky Mountains have to offer, but you will also be able to sneak in a little adventure into your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains.

Our Favorite Zip Lines in the Smoky Mountains include:

Helicopter Tour

In case you are looking for an even better aerial view than the ones that zip lining can bring, why not experience a scenic helicopter tour to see the Smoky Mountains fall colors. These tours take guests high above the Parkway, and they offer unbeatable views that guests cannot get anywhere else.

The best places for a helicopter tour in the Smoky Mountains are:

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Sevier County Choppers

fence at Cades Cove in the fallCades Cove

Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Welcoming over 2 million visitors annually, this secluded hideaway offers some of the most incredible views of the Smoky Mountains fall colors.

As you and your family drive along the 11-mile loop road, you will be amazed by how peaceful the area is. Not to mention, Cades Cove also allows visitors to tour several historic home sites, so you can get a glimpse of what life was like during the fall in the Smoky Mountains for the early settlers.

Before you return to your Gatlinburg cabin rental, be sure to swing by the Cades Cove Visitor Center to pick up a special souvenir to remember your time visiting the park to see the Smoky Mountains fall foliage.

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains

It’s hard to talk about the best places to see the Smoky Mountains fall colors without suggesting that visitors get as close to the leaves as possible by enjoying a relaxing fall hike. Luckily to visitors traveling to our area, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to over 100 different hiking trails that are simply stunning to visit this season.

A few of our favorite fall Smoky Mountain hikes include:

Andrews Bald

    • 3.5 miles round trip
    • Located in Clingmans Dome area
    • Moderate difficulty

Mt. LeConte

    • 11 miles round trip
    • Located on Newfound Gap Road
    • Strenuous difficulty

Smoky Mountain fall colors while hikingRocky Top

    • 13.9 miles round trip
    • Located in Cades Cove
    • Strenuous difficulty

Mt. Cammerer

    • 12 miles round trip
    • Located in Cosby
    • Strenuous difficulty

Sugarland Mountain Trail

    • 7 miles round trip
    • Located off Clingmans Dome Road
    • Moderate difficulty

Porters Creek Trail

    • 4 miles round trip
    • Located in Greenbrier
    • Moderate difficulty

Find out everything you and your family will need to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains this fall.

Clingmans DomeClingmans Dome

One of the highest peaks in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome is a great place for families to go to see a full panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains fall foliage. From the observation deck, visitors can see nearly 100 miles away on a clear day.

If you do visit this scenic spot, be sure to wear comfortable shoes because although the hike to the top of the observation deck is only a half mile, the climb is pretty steep.

Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental

It wouldn’t be right if we talked about all the scenic places where families can experience the Smoky Mountains fall colors without also mentioning the gorgeous views that the private decks at our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals offer.

In our opinion, there is no better place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or to unwind after a fun-filled day that from the comfort of a rocking chair at Smoky Mountain cabin rental with a private deck. Then if you add in the beautiful fall colors, there really is no better place for families to be this season.

Read here to learn more about all of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals with mountain views. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!