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4 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains with Your Large Group This Fall

Beautiful photo of Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains during the fall.
October 12, 2018

When the leaves change from various shades of green to vibrant oranges, golds, and reds, you know it’s a great time to visit the Smoky Mountains! Not only will there be gorgeous scenery everywhere you look, but it’s the perfect weather to spend time outside enjoying everything the area has to offer. Whether you’re planning a family reunion, corporate retreat, or just a vacation with your friends, fall is the best time to bring your group to the mountains! Here are the top things to do in the Smoky Mountains with your group this fall:

1. Go for a Hike

A trail in the Smoky Mountains covered in fall leaves.

One of the best ways to see all of the gorgeous fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is to go for a hike! You and your group will love exploring miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and admiring the colors of fall. The fall foliage isn’t the only beautiful sight you’ll see on your hike! There’ll be stunning mountain views, waterfalls, and more. A popular hike to do in the fall is Abrams Falls . The vibrant red and orange leaves surround the 20-foot waterfall, creating a picture-perfect scene. Another popular hike is to the Clingmans Dome Observation Tower , where you can see panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains that can’t be beat. Make sure someone in your group has a camera to capture the sights!

2. Enjoy Attractions

Another great way to spend your time in the fall with your group is to visit all the popular attractions in the area! Not only will you have hours and hours of fun, but many of the attractions offer special group rates to help you save money. It doesn’t get much better than that! Here are some of the best places to visit during fall:


Firefly Village at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg will allow your group to experience the true magic of the mountains! There are breathtaking sights everywhere you look, as well as plenty of fun to be had! Try the Dueling Zipline Adventure with the person of your choice by your side, or walk amidst all the fall foliage on the Tree Canopy Walk. There is even a new Rail Runner mountain coaster that is the first of its kind for you all to take turns trying! Anakeesta offers special rates for groups of 20 or more.


Another great activity to enjoy with your group in the fall is ziplining, and there is no better place to do it than at CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg! Try the Mountaintop Zipline Tour, during which you’ll soar high above the mountaintop and have 360-degree panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains. There are side-by-side zipline runs, so you can ride next to the person of your choice!

Ober Gatlinburg


Ober Gatlinburg comes alive during the fall as well. We recommend taking the Aerial Tram from downtown Gatlinburg up to the amusement park. During the ride, you can take in breathtaking views of fall foliage. Throughout the month of October, Ober Gatlinburg hosts Oktoberfest, where there will be German-inspired cuisine and entertainment. During fall, enjoy activities like a mountain coaster, alpine slide, a scenic chairlift, mini golf, and more! Ober Gatlinburg offers special rates for groups of 15 people or more.

Don’t miss these fall-themed activities in the Smoky Mountains too!

3. Have a Picnic

What better way to spend time with each other than enjoying a meal surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains? This fall, pack a picnic to share with your group in one of the open picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! If you want to have a picnic but don’t want to leave your cabin, you can dine outside on the deck while admiring the scenery.

4. Spend Time in Our Large Group Cabins

large group cabin in gatlinburg

At Timber Tops Cabin Rentals, we have large group cabins that are perfect for all occasions! These cabins range from 6 bedrooms to 15 bedrooms, so you will have no problem finding one to accommodate everyone in your group. With special amenities like game rooms, theater rooms, and indoor swimming pools, they truly are a cut above the rest. Not to mention you will have gorgeous views of the fall foliage from your spacious deck, where you can sip a warm cup of coffee or soak in the bubbling hot tub! Some of our cabins even have their very own outdoor fire pit, where you can make s’mores and tell stories with your group. You will love everything about these cabins! Not sure what to bring with you? Check out our packing tips for fall trips to the Smokies for some ideas!

Now that you know all the fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains this fall, it’s time to start planning your group vacation! Browse all of our large group cabins in the Smokies, then book the perfect one for your stay.

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