Pigeon Forge is decked out with fall decorations and looking gorgeous. Higher elevation leaf colors are really beginning to pop.
Some of the hiking trails are already covered with leaves, however most trees remain green at this time. Warm days, cool nights, and a few sprinkles of rain have come together in a celebration of autumn splendor…the perfect way to kick off the first week of Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. The wildly creative fall scenes below were taken at Debbie's Country Store in Wears Valley.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is on the brink of October, and when the bright fall leaves start dropping, leaf peepers flood into the Smoky Mountains.
We never really know when peak color will occur, but planning a vacation or a scenic drive for the last week of October is a good idea. Cool crisp air, a cabin with a fireplace, and bright fall leaf colors are the perfect way to celebrate this special time of year.
We asked our PigeonForge.com readers,
As the weather cools off and the colors being to change, "What is your favorite fall activity to do in the Smoky Mountains?"
Scroll down for their responses:
"There is absolutely nothing better than the cool afternoons in Cades Cove. You go and admire the majestic fall colors while driving through the Cades Cove Loop, and of course stopping for some hikes!" -Jacob
We stay in Pigeon Forge. From there we go up to the mountains and back to view the beautiful colors. "We also go to the Rotary Club Craft Fair and the Gatlinburg Craftsman's Fair. We will also do the motor tour in Gatlinburg and of course go to the Island". - Jane
"I just came back from Pigeon Forge On Friday September 19. I spent 5 days there and even though I am 83 years old I still love to walk in the Mountains. I walked to Grotto Falls and to the Observation Tower at Clingmans Dome. I cannot wait to come back in the Spring. It is just a beautiful place to visit. I love your newsletters. Thank you very much". -Marvin
"My favorite thing to do in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall is to go to the Chimney picnic area, take a chair and just sit by the river. The perfect day is when the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze blowing and the leaves are falling gently to the ground, it is the most peaceful time and it is just soothing for the soul. For me, coming to the mountains is like coming home again, I have so many memories of coming to the mountains when I was a little girl to visit my grandparents who lived there for many years". - Donna
"I love everything about the Smokies, but my favorite Fall activity is when all of the businesses decorate for fall. I love all of the different displays". -Linder
"Our family is headed your way October 10th for a whole week and we can’t wait! Fall is our absolutely favorite time of the year and a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains is a must.
While there we will visit the Craft Shows, ride through Cades Cove (more than once), drive all through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg to see all the splendid Fall decorations, visit Dollywood, as the park is “Fall Glorious” this time of year, Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Show, The Comedy Barn, shop and too many other things to list . Our 87 year old father is coming with us and he is so excited. He visited Hawaii a couple of months ago and was never this excited. Going to the Smokies is all he has talked about and counting down the days until we leave...See you there" -Debi
"It's easy to "harvest" up a good ole time when visiting the Smoky Mountains during autumn. My family enjoys sharing in the bounty of goodness the area offers. We appreciate the cool crisp air, the natural art of the mountain vistas, and the jaunts in and around town as we enjoy creative displays, craft shows, friendly people, dining, gospel music, and God's blessings. We love the "call of fall" in the Smoky Mountains!" -Ed