5 Ways to See Fall Colors in the Smokies

If you live in an area where trees don’t change color in the fall, you could be craving to see some shades of red, oranges and yellows right about now. When you visit Pigeon Forge, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains.  Here are some great ways to see fall colors in the Smokies from every angle.


Probably one of the most fun ways to view the Smoky Mountains is by way of a zipline. After all, what is better than fall leaves in the midst of the trees?  If you’re ready for an adrenaline rush, you would enjoy zipping from platform to platform. You can learn how to control your zipline speed, so if you want to slow down to take in the beauty of it all, you can.


The ziplines cover stunning land at a larger view than just hiking or driving through the park.  Not only does this angle let you see the fall colors in the Smokies, but it allows your to be directly in the middle of them.


If hiking is your thing, you will be excited to learn that there are 850 miles of hiking trails that cover the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In the fall, you can experience vibrant colors up-close and personal when hiking through the Smokies’ rich forests. The weather is cool and crisp—perfect for hiking, so you won’t have to worry about comfort being an issue.

Fall Hikes

Not only can you choose the intensity and length of your hike, but there are also multiple trails with waterfalls and historical sites too.


Several trails and roads, including the Pigeon Forge Riverwalk Greenway and Cades Cove Loop Road, allow for biking. You and the family can enjoy physical activity that also gives you the opportunity of viewing incredible fall colors in the Smokies. Additionally, you might even see some wildlife and historic buildings. But please, don’t let the beautiful colors distract you from the proper safety precautions when enjoying your bike ride.


Scenic Drives

Don’t fret if you can’t hike or bike because there are many alternatives to seeing the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the fall. There are multiple, scenic drives that wind their way through and around the mountains of Pigeon Forge. Try going on one of these drives in the late afternoon, so that the sun will cast an orange glow across the multicolored mountains. The view will leave you speechless.

Fall Drives

Take A Guided Tour

Guided tours are a great way to see gorgeous fall colors because you can leave the driving to the pros. Sit back and relax as someone else does the navigating, leaving your attention free to admire the changing leaves and mountain views. There are a variety of tour options in the Smoky Mountains to choose from. Pick one or multiple to try out on your next trip.

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If you’re ready to partake in all of these exciting adventures and see the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, book a Pigeon Forge cabin today. Share your fall photos by tagging us on Instagram!

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