Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit the Smoky Mountains! You might be wondering what all you can do while you’re staying with us for your fall trip. There are plenty of fall festivals you can attend, plus you don’t want to miss out on the color changes! Look at these 4 fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains during fall:
1. View Color Changes in the Mountains
When you are looking for things to do in the Smoky Mountains in autumn, you can’t come to this area without seeing the fall foliage. You have plenty of options when it comes to how you want to see the beauty of the area. A popular way to see fall foliage is to take a scenic drive. Cades Cove Loop is an extremely popular destination, especially in the fall. Virtually any road in the Smoky Mountains would be a great way to see all the reds, oranges, and yellows in the trees. Hiking is another popular activity in the fall. It gets you out into nature, plus you can see incredible views of the mountains and the forest. If there’s one thing you have to do this time of year on your trip, it’s see the color changes in the mountains!
2. Go to Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
Dollywood always has the Harvest Festival if you’re looking for a fun thing to do in the Smoky Mountains. During this fall festival, you can hear beautiful gospel music from popular groups throughout the park. The Southern Gospel Jubilee is the largest celebration of gospel music in the world. You get to enjoy these concerts with your admission to the park. Artisans from around the world bring their products to sell at Dollywood during the Harvest Festival. You’ll find jewelry, pottery, wood carvings, art, and so much more. Plus, your kids will love the Great Pumpkin Luminights. Dollywood is decorated with all kinds of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns that light up at night.
3. Taste Apple Cider at the Apple Barn
Are you more of an apple cider person than pumpkin spice? You should visit the Apple Barn and Cider Mill! They have a cider room where you can taste the freshly pressed cider on site! There’s even a cider bar, and you can taste it hot or cold. In addition to the cider, you’ll also find all kinds of apple jelly, jam, butter, pastries, and so much more! You’ll enjoy exploring all the shops and restaurants in the Apple Village. Taste wine at the winery and eat delicious food at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant or the Applewood Farmhouse Grill. Then head over to the creamery for dessert!
4. Go to Oktoberfest
Every year during this time, Ober Gatlinburg puts on Oktoberfest, a fun thing to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall. You can taste Bavarian food and drinks, including all kinds of beer, schnitzel, bratwurst, strudel, turkey legs, pretzels, and sauerkraut. In addition to the great food and drinks, you guys can play outdoor games for entertainment. Then enjoy live music from the Smoky Mountain Oompah Band. You guys will have a blast exploring Oktoberfest!
There are so many fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall! Wondering what else there is to do while you stay with us? Check out these other Smoky Mountain attractions you should try!