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Top 5 Reasons to Go Hiking in the Fall in the Smoky Mountains

View of the Smoky Mountains in the fall season
September 1, 2015

There is no greater experience than the joys of getting right in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Most people enjoy this experience by getting their gear together and setting out on one of the many hiking trails. Plus, when you get outside this time of year, you get to enjoy the incredible fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. Here’s why we think hiking in the Smoky Mountains in the fall season is something you just can’t miss out on.

1. The Mountains Have More to See

The Smoky Mountains continue to draw millions of visitors year after year, but if you really want to get the most from your hike, fall is a great time to visit. Wildlife animals that are in hiding in the winter will still be out and about in the park.Fall in the Smoky Mountains

There’s so much to see in the national park that you can’t see from the Parkway and surrounding areas. You have to actually get out into the mountains to truly experience how beautiful it can be in the fall season. You’ll also be able to take some of the most beautiful pictures of the mountains and the wildlife, so you’ll definitely fill up a memorable photo album.

(See Related: 7 Ways to Enjoy Autumn at Our Smoky Mountain Vacation Rentals)

2. Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

The last and probably the most popular reason for choosing fall in the Smoky Mountains to kick off your hiking adventure is the change of seasons. Leaves are falling all around you and they take on gorgeous colors that replace the traditional green. Make sure to bring a good working camera with an appropriate amount of power. Between the animals and the fall colors, you will have plenty to talk about during show and tell. So get your things together and get ready for your fall adventure on the Smoky Mountains.

3. Hiking is Great Exercise

Hiking in the Smokies is a great opportunity to burn off those unwanted calories and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. When you choose fall in the Smoky Mountains to plan your hiking adventure, you will be able to hike in some of the best mountain weather. The weather won’t be too hot and won’t be too cold, either. With the fall breeze blowing through the mountains, it’s the perfect way to cool down while you’re out on the trails.

4. Fewer Crowds

View of the fall trees in the mountains

As popular as the Smoky Mountains are in the fall season, it doesn’t feel as busy as the summer months, especially in the national park. People are visiting to experience the fall colors, but not everyone chooses to go hiking. Stop by one of the national park visitor centers for more information about specific hiking trails, and the National Park Service rangers and other visitor center staff will be able to help you choose a trail that’s right for you, and they can point you in a direction of trails that are a little less crowded.

5. Perfect Weather

When you choose fall in the Smoky Mountains to experience your hiking adventure, the weather will be perfect. If you don’t prefer the warm summer months or the chilly winter months, then the fall is perfect for you! The weather typically stays in the lower-mid 70s throughout the fall season, so it’s great for just being outside, taking in the fall breeze and simply enjoying the mountains.

Are you ready to make your way to the Smoky Mountains, to see all of the beautiful fall colors? We’ve got plenty of reasons to stay in a cabin in the Smokies this fall, like the views from your cabin and the relaxation you get from the beautiful mountain breeze. Give us a call today to get started planning your vacation!

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