The tunnel on the road into Cades Cove is closed for necessary repairs, which will be finished by the end of February (2020). It’s a good time to know about some of the countless other outdoor adventures that individuals and families can take in the Smoky Mountains.
With one or possibly two zillion things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, here are a few of the attractions and activities that you may want to try out during your visit here.
Here are the many seasonal shows and attractions in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area that mark the Christmas season, as well as festivals, parades, lights and shopping opportunities in abundance, with something to suit every age and taste. These are the season-long events – and for the shorter, special festivities and events happening during the Christmas period, see our Christmas 2019 guide.
Pigeon Forge hosts a lot of great theater and dinner shows, and many of them have Christmas themes running during this season.Here are the highlights.
- Dolly Parton’s Stampede
- Country Tonite
- Smoky Mountain Opry
- Comedy Barn
- Hatfield and McCoy
- Pirates Voyage
Winter holiday season in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers festivities galore. Here’s what’s happening during December, 2019 in the Smoky Mountains. It’s a time for shopping, dining, family get-together, and lots of happy fun. Here are some of the highlight events.
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There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even those don’t account for all of the walks, drives, overlooks and scenic views that can be found in this beautiful area of the Smoky Mountains. Here are some of our favorite trails and outdoor attractions.
Grotto Falls is the waterfall that you can walk behind – you’ve probably seen someone’s photo of this one. The trail that leads to Mount LeConte runs under the falls, and a Llama train walks this trail weekly, running supplies to the LeConte Lodge. This is Trillium Gap Trail, that starts from the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful scenic drive rather than a hike, and one that many people don’t realize exists. See our feature page on Grotto Falls for all the details.
October in the Smoky Mountains means that the famous Fall Colors are underway, and much festivity is in the air. A hundred species of tree light up the scene as their leaves turn color, first at the high elevations, then gradually rolling down the slope to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge – where you can also find numerous events and celebrations happening during this time.
See below for everything you want to know about October events. Check out our Guide to Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains for everything you need to know, and to keep track of the fall colors, check the Fall Color Reports for 2019 from Great Smoky Mountains Association.
When you’re making lifetime memories in the Smoky Mountains, it’s easier than you may think to get a professional photographer to help make those photographs truly outstanding for generations to come. One local company that makes this easy is Gatlinburg Photo Studios, a team of photographers who come to where you are, or provide studio settings, to capture the essence of your trip in the Smokies.
It’s that time of year again in Tennessee when the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start coming alive with fall colors. For a deeper look and to get the latest color reports, see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A hundred different species of trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding area are going through their seasonal changes — bright yellow birches, deep red dogwoods, bronze hickories, bright scarlet red maples, russet oaks, and so many more. This makes for phenomenal scenery in the gorgeous layered mountains and foothills of the Smokies, to the delight of our visitors from across the country and around the world.
Here’s our calendar of things happening in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains during the month of September, 2019 – from pumpkins and Harvest Festivals to the famous Fall Colors as the leaves begin to turn through the changing season.
[And note our cabin discounts all through September – if you can make a weekday trip, check out our “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” special on any of Sunday-Thursday night stay. It’s a mid-week getaway special and it’s on all through September.]