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4 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains This Fall

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August 25, 2023

Fall has come to the Great Smoky Mountains and the area’s Premier Cabin Rental Company, Timber Tops, has decided to share the best ways to enjoy the beautiful fall colors and breathe the fresh autumn air. The following is a list of things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall that are sure to please the entire family:

1. Enjoy a Fall Festival

halloween decorations at Anakeesta in the fall

During the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area transforms itself with fun times, vibrant leaves and the hospitality of the locals. During this time, attractions throughout the area have their own fall celebrations, and you definitely don’t want to miss out! Here are some of our favorites:

Ober Mountain’s Smoky Mountain Fall Festival: At this fall festival, there is so much family-friendly fun to be had. It’s a celebration of music, food, and fun. There’s a hay mountain to slide down, a hay track to bike around, a hay maze to explore, live music, fall food, and more.

Anakeesta’s Bear-Varian Fall Festival: There’s no better place to take in gorgeous fall views than Anakeesta. This fall, visitors get to enjoy their Bear-Varian Fall Festival, when they can sample drink specials from several local and regional craft breweries. There’s also plenty of Halloween-themed decor throughout the park, pumpkin carvings, and more.

Gatlinburg SkyPark’s Boo Bash: For more fun on a mountaintop attraction, head to the Gatlinburg SkyPark. This is one of the best spots to take in the gorgeous fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the top, where 360-degree views of the fall colors await. Plus, there’s beautiful fall decor that makes the perfect backdrop for family photos.

2. Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the southeast’s most popular events. Located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, this fair has over 200 booths featuring some of the finest arts, crafts and music in the nation. It’s the perfect time to kickstart some early holiday shopping or just get a unique souvenir to take back home with you!

3. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

Dollywood's Great Pumpkin LumiNights sign

There’s no place like Dollywood in the fall. Each year, the world-class theme park hosts its famous Harvest Festival. See the fall colors come alive all around you, enjoy the smells of apple and pumpkin treats wafting through the park, and have a blast on thrilling rides! When the lights go down, you’ll get to experience the award-winning Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which features more than 12,000 pumpkins. Guests of all ages will love seeing the glowing pumpkin sculptures, listening to the live music, and eating fresh fall treats.

4. Enjoy Nature at Its Best

There’s a reason fall is one of the most popular times of the year to visit the Smoky Mountains. This is a time when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is at its most beautiful. The stunning fall colors, relaxing drives, picnic areas, and hiking trails are just a few of the reasons that make this park the most visited in the country. We recommend hiking to Mount LeConte for some of the most incredible fall views, or enjoying a leisurely drive through Cades Cove for the chance to spot wildlife. It’s also the perfect time of year for a family picnic! You’ll love spending time in the great outdoors when you visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall.

About Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals

Located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Timber Tops offers Pigeon Forge Cabins and Gatlinburg Cabins to suit all your needs, including pet friendly cabins, honeymoon cabins, spectacular views, indoor pools, and home theaters just to name of few of the luxury amenities offered. Our cabins will put you in a great location to access all the fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains!

Browse through all our Smoky Mountain cabins to find the perfect rental for your trip! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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