Posts Tagged: fall colors

Where to See the Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

Where are the best places to see the Fall Colors of the Smoky Mountains? Here’s our guide to some of the best ways, places and times to see the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

The leaves start turning first at the highest elevations and work their way down the mountain slopes to the lower lands as the season progresses, all told over about a 7-week period. For a more detailed sequence and to get the latest color reports, see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Fall in the Smokies: What’s Happening in October 2019

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.

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As the Leaves Turn: Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

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.

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Fall in the Smokies: What’s Happening in September 2019

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.]

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Viewing the Fall Colors of 2017

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is famous for its changing leaf colors during fall. Here are some of our favorite places in the area to view the stunning color displays.

The color season lasts about 6-7 weeks, from mid-September through October and into early November, with leaves turning first at the mountain tops and working their way down slope over the weeks – see our guide to Fall Colors in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can experience fall colors in different ways and at different times in the season along the park’s numerous hikes, viewpoints, and scenic drives.

View from Newfound Gap Road – image courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Fall 2014 is Here. Things Happening Now…

If you love to fish you already know that this Smoky Mountains area is a great place to cast a lure, not just from the scenery all around but also for the wildlife in the waters, the abundance and variety of fish in the many streams that cut the terrain all around.

You probably also know about the Fall Trout Tournament that starts way early tomorrow morning, Saturday, September 27, 2014, for the weekend – and you’d better be signed up for it already and getting some sleep tonight. All the details on the tournament can be found at the website, and you can read what we wrote about the Fall event of last year here, and the Spring event of this year here. (more…)

Peak Fall Colors in the Smokies 2012

Fall Colors in the Smokies 2012

image courtesy of GSMNP

Ah, Peak Fall colors in the Smokies! Technically we think we’ve just passed the peak – the National Park Service says several areas reached peak this past weekend. But don’t worry, it’s still a mass of color and will be for some weeks to come yet. And even after that, it’ll go back to plain old gorgeous all winter 🙂 (more…)

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival 2012 – and Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

image courtesy of NPS

Fall is coming and nothing alerts us to the change in seasons like the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, which runs from September 13 through October 31, 2012. This is a county-wide celebration with a huge number of attractions including festivals, hay rides, live entertainment, music, food, apple picking, hot cider, all manner of pumpkins & scarecrows, and an outpouring of unique arts and crafts. (more…)