While any time of year is a great time to visit the Smokies, there is just something magical about the fall season! With gorgeous weather, fall foliage, and wonderful seasonal events, it is no wonder why we see so many guests return year after year to our hotel during the autumn months! Here are the top 4 reasons why you should plan a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the fall:
1. Beautiful Weather for Outdoor Activities
The fall season brings cooler temperatures to the Smoky Mountains, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, ziplining, or even just strolling the streets of downtown Gatlinburg! The daytime highs are normally in the 70s and 80s during September, but usually drop to the 50s and 60s in early November. Therefore, be sure to bring a sweatshirt or jacket for some cool nights in the Smokies! As a bonus, the fall is also the driest part of the year with only occasional rain showers.
2. Spectacular Fall Foliage
Folks come from all over the country to visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall to see the foliage transform from a deep green to shades of orange, red, and yellow! While it is difficult to predict the exact peak color times, the fall colors normally develop above 4,000 feet between early to mid-October. However, at the highest elevations in the mountains, you can see color displays as early as mid-September! As a general rule, you can expect to see the fall foliage at its best from the last week of October through mid-November.
3. Fun Fall Events
Another reason to plan a vacation to the Smoky Mountains in the fall is to take advantage of the fun fall events! Whether you are driving up to Pigeon Forge to attend the Harvest Festival at Dollywood or visiting Ober Gatlinburg for their annual Oktoberfest celebration, there is always something going on in the Smokies during the fall! You will also find many of the region’s world famous car shows taking place in the autumn, including the Shades of the Past Rod Run, Pigeon Forge Rod Run, and the Great Smoky Mountain Auto Fest Car Show.
4. Ideal Wildlife Viewing
The fall is a perfect time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where you have the chance to see wildlife such as a black bears, elk, wild turkey, or white-tailed deer! Although you can see wildlife in the national park all year long, the chances of spotting wildlife are particularly good in the fall. This is especially true in the Cades Cove section of the park, which offers numerous viewing opportunities! Many folks have also reported many wildlife sightings along the Roaring Fork Motor Trail.
We know you are excited about visiting the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Now you just need a place to stay when you come to town! Check out all of our hotel rooms in Gatlinburg TN today to plan your fall getaway. We look forward to seeing you this autumn!