Top 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.

Zipline Tours

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.

Zipline Tours

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.

Scenic Chairlifts

There are several scenic chairlifts in the Smoky Mountains that make for an easy way for people of all ages and abilities to gain some altitude and enjoy the surrounding views. A ride on one of these scenic chairlifts is an amazing opportunity to see the beautiful fall foliage of the Great Smoky Mountains this season. Take a ride on one of these chairlifts on your next trip.

Scenic Chairlifts

Ober Mountain Tram

Ready to take in the Smoky Mountains from a whole new vantage point? Then get ready to take a trip on Ober Mountain’s aerial tramway. The cable cars soar 2.1 miles in the air starting from downtown Gatlinburg and ending at Ober’s Adventure Park & Ski Area. Along the way, visitors can enjoy the stunning views of the Smoky Mountains in the fall.

Ober Mountain Tram

Fall Hikes

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, 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. We recommend getting to a high elevation. Our favorite places to see fall color in the Smokies are Mount LeConte, Mount Cammerer, and Clingman's Dome.

Anakeesta Treetop Skywalk

While there are plenty of beautiful vantage points for leaf peeping at Gatlinburg's Anakeesta, a ropes course will put you directly in the middle of all that gorgeous fall foliage. While you're there be sure to look for Mount LeConte in the distance from Anavista Tower!

Anakeesta

Rent An ATV

A Pigeon Forge ATV rental is a great way to explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These different vehicles allow you to take the road less traveled and see the sights in an exciting new way. Enjoy the Smoky Mountain scenery in the fall months while you cruise the area.

ATV Rentals

Newfound Gap Road

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 Newfound Gap 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

Big Rock Dude Ranch

Horseback riding at Big Rock Dude Ranch is a fantastic way to see beautiful fall colors in the Smokies. Featured in People Magazine, the horseback riding attraction is located just a few minutes away from Pigeon Forge and is a great escape from the more crowded spots in the area. There are tons of kid friendly activities, so it makes a great stop on a family trip.

Big Rock Dude Ranch

Mountain Coasters

Spend your day in the Smoky Mountains and make a run on a mountain coaster. You'll be able to take a ride in your very own personal coaster car where you will have the ability to control your speed and pacing as you glide along the rails. Don't miss out on this fun filled adventure that will let you see the beautiful fall colors of the Smokies!.

Mountain Coasters

Pink Jeep Tours

See things you've never seen in places you never thought to look with Pink Jeep Tours. The crisp fall air will blow through the windows of your Jeep while a knowledgable guide will tell you about the history of the area and take you to the best spots for photo ops.

Pink Jeep Tours

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

All aboard! Get ready for an adventure like no other when you hop on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Guests can look forward to riding the rails and enjoying the fall scenery of the beautiful, yet remote region of North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Scenic Helicopter Tours

As long as you're not afraid of heights, the view from above with Scenic Helicopter Tours might be one of the best ways to take in fall colors in the Smokies. You'll soar high above the highest points in the Smokies with the most experienced pilots in the business. The best time of year to do so is probably mid October for peak fall colors.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Biking

Several trails and roads, including the Riverwalk Greenway & Cades Cove, 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.

Biking

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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