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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


Posted: 9/23/2014 4:05:38 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Fall Color Report of the Smoky Mountains

Fall officially begins tonight but I can really feel it in the air today! We are still more than a month away for peak colors but if this weather trend keeps up, we are going to have a colorful fall! The dogwood trees are showing it is about that time as well with their reddish glow. Other than that, there really aren't too many other color changes. There is a scattering of leaves on our office lawn with hues of gold, orange and brown.  This weather gets me thinking about fall cooking. I love all the fall herbs and scents. Do you have a favorite go-to fall recipe?  Next to any soup or stew, mine is caramel apple pork chops. The cinnamon and nutmeg paired with the roasted apples is amazing!

Fall Color Report
Posted: 9/22/2014 3:39:50 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

All Aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express

All aboard! It’s time for one of our favorite autumn traditions! The Peanuts gang is bringing fall fun to East Tennessee on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express this October!

Theses family-friendly train excursions are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and feature appearances from Snoopy and the rests of the Peanuts kids. Each visitor traveling on the train will hear a special narration of the story while en route to the Great Pumpkin Patch!

During the nearly two-hour layover, you’ll have a chance to pose for photos with the Peanuts gang an enjoy fun fall activities like campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, bouncy house, hayrides and live musical entertainment! Little ones will also be able to select a pumpkin from the patch to take home.

The Pumpkin Patch Express pulls out of the station most weekends in October 2014:
•    Departing Fridays - Oct 10, 17 and 24 at 3:30 p.m.
•    Departing Saturdays - Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
•    Departing Sundays - Oct 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Coach class tickets are $31 for children 2-12 and $55 for adults; Crown class tickets are $38 for children and $67 for adults. Crown class tickets include a refillable souvenir tumbler.
For additional information, including reservations, click over to http://www.gsmr.com/.

Are you looking for information about leaf peeping trains in East Tennessee? See the colors change from the car of a vintage train with this information compiled by our friends at Knoxville.com! They’ve combed the web to find information about trains leaving from nearby Knoxville, Oak Ridge and even Chattanooga! Check out their story here: http://www.knoxnews.com/knoxville/family/east-tennessees-autumn-leafpeeping-train-trips-chug-into-view_66998311

Posted: 9/22/2014 1:55:18 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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