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Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage

SMOKY MOUNTAIN FALL FOLIAGE PEAKS
FROM MID-OCTOBER TO MID-NOVEMBER



You have many options when visiting during Smoky Mountain Fall Foliage:

• Sit on the deck of your Pigeon Forge cabin or Gatlinburg cabin and take in the magnificent views of the Smokies.
• Take a driving tour on some of our beautiful driving trails.
• Go hiking where you will see foliage up close and personal and possibly some wildlife.
• Take in a fall festival or an arts and crafts show.
• Visit several of our attractions which have the mountains as a backdrop.

With more than 500,000 acres of foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, why would you want to go anywhere else?
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Prettiest Fall Foliage Places in the Smokies

With more than 500,000 acres of foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the unique fall decor in surrounding towns, it's easy to see why millions of people come from all over the country to visit in the Fall.

No other national park does foliage better than Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here are some of the most scenic areas of the park.


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The Sinks

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THE SINKS

The rushing mountain river stands out amid the blazing orange, red and yellow leaves surrounding the hills around this popular scenic attraction in the national park. The Sinks are located between Sugarlands Visitor Center in Gatlinburg and Townsend, TN. Look for the sign.




newfound gap road
Newfound Gap Road

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NEWFOUND GAP ROAD

One of the most scenic drives in the national park is Newfound Gap Road (Hwy 441) which runs between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC. The drive is 30 miles and crosses over Newfound Gap where the border of Tennessee and North Carolina lies.


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Elkmont Historic District

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ELKMONT HISTORIC DISTRICT

Beginning as a rough and tumble logging town, Elkmont gradually evolved into a haven for the socially prominent and wealthy members of nearby Knoxville, Maryville, and Chattanooga. Many cottages were built and used for the summer.




mount leconte
Mount LeConte View

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MOUNT LECONTE

The fall season at Mount LeConte is perfect for hiking by crossing mountain rivers, viewing the colorful foliage, taking pictures of wildlife and being atop one of the highest mountains in the national park.


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CADES COVE - THE HISTORIC CABLE MILL

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THE HISTORIC CABLE MILL

In Cades Cove, you will discover an historic grist mill which is still operational today. The mill functions during seasonal months, and you can purchase fresh ground corn meal at the adjacent visitor center.
Fall in Cades Cove is breathtaking. There are more than 90 hiking trails in the Cove, many historic structures, and plenty of wildlife.
 

gatlinburg fall festival
DOWNTOWN GATLINBURG -- THE VILLAGE

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THE VILLAGE

The towns surrounding Great Smoky Mountains National Park elaborately decorate for the Fall Harvest Festival. Decor of every kind can be found up and down the streets in Gatlinburg and in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.




 
island at pigeon forge
FALL DECOR AT THE ISLAND AT PIGEON FORGE

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THE ISLAND AT PIGEON FORGE

This is one stop you don't want to miss on your visit to the Smoky Mountains. You'll love all of the fall decor at The Island along with the many shops, the beautiful water fountain, sky wheel, amusements, and great restaurants.
 

The days may be warm during the fall season, but prepare for cooler weather in the evenings. Bring long pants, long sleeves, and a sweater or light jacket. Wear sneakers and comfortable pants so you can jump out of the car and do some exploring or take in the views. Bring a camera, but remember to put it down and just look around.

Favorites:
Best Fall Hikes in the Smokies

For more information on fall foliage, visit www.smokymountainfallcolors.com.

 


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