Fall in the Smokies

One of our absolute favorite seasons is coming back into town and to say we’re excited is probably an understatement! How about you all? Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit us here in the Great Smoky Mountains.The leaves changing colors, harvest events, and the decor all around town is enough to really get you into the spirit. The views of the mountains with their wide array of colors decorating them from top to bottom will absolutely take your breath away. It’s such a magical sight to see, and is one you are sure to never forget. Best of all, with each new season, comes a bunch of new and exciting things to do around town. Now all you need is to find a clean and comfortable place to rest your head at. How about you give us a try, we will check those boxes right off your list. When you stay with us at Whispering Pines, we offer one, two, three, and four bedroom condos that each come complete with a private balcony overlooking either the city, mountains, or nature. As a thank you for booking with us, you receive FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area, as well as a free dinner at Mama’s Farmhouse, saving you $275 a day! We know that the views are enough to make the trip worthwhile, but what else is there to do while you’re here in town? Let’s take a look at what Fall in the Smokies could look like!

As we discussed earlier, one of the best parts about visiting during the Fall in the Smokies is that you get to see our beautiful foliage. Everyone always asks when do the leaves start changing color? Well, that is actually one of the hardest questions to answer because so many different things factor into the timing of fall color changes. It all has to do with elevation and rainfall, so there is no real answer on when exactly it will begin and end each year. If you’re lucky enough to catch it, it’s a truly incredible spectacle to witness. The next thing we get asked a lot is where are some of the best places to go to view the leaves? Some of our personal favorites include Anakeesta, Ober Gatlinburg, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Cades Cove, and the Space Needle in Gatlinburg. There’s also Clingmans Dome and the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel. Not only are most of these actually great places to see the views, but they’re also full of entertainment. No matter where you go, you’re bound to be greeted by the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Make sure to have your camera ready, you’ll definitely want to snap some photos to capture the magic.

One of my favorite places to visit during the Fall is Dollywood. From September 28th through November 3rd, they will be celebrating their annual Harvest Festival which is one event you won’t want to miss out on! The entire park will be filled with beautiful harvest decorations at every corner with everything from pumpkins to scarecrows and everything else in between. Another special feature that happens during this fantastic festival is that there will be over 350 free gospel music concerts at the park this year. All you need is a park ticket and the music is completely complementary, talk about a good time! Ready for the best part of all? We will be welcoming back their Great Pumpkin LumiNights (yay!) Make sure to visit the Timber Canyon part of the park at night to see thousands of spooktacular jack-o’-lanterns decorating the area. To also get you into the Halloween spirit, they will be featuring not-so-spooky character meet and greets, a glow in the dark maze and face painting, and pumpkin carving demonstrations for everyone to take advantage of! You will instantly become obsessed with this experience, trust us. Don’t forget, you’ll also get to feast on all the amazing harvest food that they will be featuring at the park. Thank you, Dollywood!

Another extremely fun activity to take part in during the Fall is doing some hiking or going on a scenic driving tour. Some of the absolute best trails to venture out on during this spectacular season are Alum Cave, Laurel Falls, Grotto Falls, Rainbow Falls, Ramsey Cascades, Rich Mountain Loop, Baskins Creek, Gregory Bald, Porters Creek, and Little River. There are plenty of other ones, but these are some of our personal favorites. Always make sure to look up road and trail closures as well as weather conditions before making the trip. When it comes to driving tours, there are two must do’s – Cades Cove and the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (both are located in Gatlinburg.) Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Smokies, so you will want to get here early. This is where an abundance of wildlife can be seen as well as beautiful views of the mountains and valley. This 11 mile loop is a one way road, so as the day goes on, it’s bound to get more and more busy. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is located at traffic light #8 and the best part of this one is you can actually see a waterfall called the Place of a Thousand Drips. Here you will see some of the most amazing views of all the autumn scenery, mountain streams, grist mills, and historic log cabins. This is also where you will find the trail-heads for Grotto and Rainbow Falls. This will be one auto tour that you will never forget!

Gatlinburg is truly the place to be during the harvest months. They have the Fall Craftsmen’s Fair which features over 200 artisans from all over the country coming and showing off their unique skills with their arts and crafts demonstrations. You’ll find one of a kind pieces to take home with you that all your friends and family are bound to be asking about. They will also have live bluegrass and country music performances each day during this special fair. Ober Gatlinburg will also be hosting their annual Oktoberfest event from September 21st through October 28th. They will have Bavarian inspired food and musical entertainment at the Seasons of Ober restaurant as well as an outdoor Bier Garten featuring harvest beer samples and musical performances. There will be games and much, much more. Make sure you visit Gatlinburg and the rest of the Smokies this season!


We hope you enjoyed this insider’s look at Fall in the Smokies! We know there are plenty of other things you will want to go out and do, but this sums up a majority of the must see’s and do’s. It is so beautiful here in the Smokies during the harvest time and you will definitely love getting to visit and see all the magical scenery that will be surrounding you. You are sure to fall in love with the colors and decorations, trust us. So what are you waiting for? Book Your Fall Vacation now or give us a call at 1.800.429.4361 and one of our friendly reservationists would love to assist you with finding the perfect condo for your stay. Come and join our family here at Whispering Pines, we would love to have you! Make sure to let us know what you thought about Fall in the Smokies, we always love hearing your thoughts!

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