A trip to the Great Smoky Mountains provides some of the best opportunities to appreciate the splendor and beauty of autumn. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are popular destinations throughout the year, but the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains are truly amazing. Here are the top six places where you can experience the season for yourself:
1. Gatlinburg Space Needle
The Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the most popular places to get a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains. It’s also a good choice for people who want to see the area but don’t want to do any strenuous hiking. Visitors take an elevator up 400 feet and will be able to see the mountains as well as Gatlinburg. There are also attractions, restaurants, and shows here, so be sure to check what’s scheduled on the day of your visit.
2. Horseback Riding
Seeing the Great Smoky Mountains on horseback is an unforgettable experience. Five Oaks Riding Stables offers you a wide choice of horses and provides guided trail rides through a gorgeous 70 acre nature park. This is one of the best ways to see fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains.
3. Autumn Hikes
The Smoky Mountains provide an abundance of hiking trails. Depending on your schedule and level of fitness, you can choose easier or more challenging hikes. Some of the most popular include the Rich Mountain Loop, an 8.5 mile hike and the 5.4 mile Rainbow Falls hike.
Ziplines have become a popular adventure sport and you can experience this exhilarating thrill ride at Legacy Mountain Ziplines in Pigeon Forge. You can see the beautiful fall colors while traveling at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour!
5. Take A Scenic Drive
You don’t even have to leave your vehicle to get a great view of the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. The Roaring Fork Motor Trail is a six mile loop where you can glimpse some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. Other excellent fall drives include Newfound Gap Road and the Cades Cove Loop Road.
Timber Tops has a wonderful collection of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins with spectacular views. When you stay with us, you’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent fall foliage right from your cabin’s porch. Start planning your autumn getaway today!