When Do Fall Colors Peak?
Fall colors will start to develop above 4,000 feet around early October. The peak of the fall colors on mid & lower elevations begins in mid-October and early November. If you are looking for fall things to do in Pigeon Forge, this is the most spectacular display of fall foliage in the park, with the turning of such trees as the sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.
Essential Fall ColorThe Best Ways To See Foliage
Trees Of Many Colors
Created to showcase the seasonal beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee Mountain Tours' Trees Of Many Colors fall excursion brings visitors to a secret destination for premium autumn leaf-peeping. Don't worry about wading through onlookers; escape the hustle and bustle of touristy areas and seize the chance to take in some spectacular fall views.
Hike Easier than most, this trail winds through a spruce-fir forest & opens to acres of grassy meadows and panoramic views. It's long enough to escape the crowds but short enough for the whole family to enjoy.More Fall Hikes →
Drive From Gatlinburg to Cherokee, this 33 mile road climbs over 3,000 vertical feet through the center of the National Park. Pullouts along the way reveal expansive scenic views.More Fall Drives →
Businesses in Pigeon Forge take decorating for fall pretty seriously. Beginning in September, many locations in the Smokies & along the parkway decorate their properties with the most amazing and creative fall displays. This tradition brings out friendly competition among businesses but also gives guests photo opportunities at every turn. Hop on the Pigeon Forge trolley and take a trip down the parkway to see the array of pumpkins, mums, and more!
Taste Of Autumn
An evening filled with delicious dishes from area restaurants and top-notch entertainment. More →
Fall Rod Run
Sept 12 - 14
Huge swap meet with hundreds of show cars, including an $8000 cash giveaway. More →
Fall Rod Run
Fall heats up with some biggest gearheads in the industry. With hundreds of muscle cars and hot rods on display, this year’s rod run will award $10,000 in cash and prizes plus giveaways. Meet, greet, and learn from the best at the biggest and oldest car show in Pigeon Forge, the Fall Rod Run. Includes a huge swap meet with hundreds of show cars.
A Kid Friendly Halloween
Whether you dress up or not, everyone can enjoy the thrills and chills of Halloween in the Smokies. Costume contests, candy and even carnival shenanigans entertain and delight families this Halloween. Goblins, ghosts, & ghouls are welcome to a spooky day of fun for all.Kid Friendly Halloween Events
Kyker Farms Corn Maze
Not only does Kyker Farms have 5 different corn mazes, they also have hayrides, a pumpkin patch, tunnel slides, a corn cob swing, and some spooky after dark activities as well. It's a great destination for fall family fun. The season starts September 28, 2019.
Cades Cove Hay Ride
Take a good old-fashioned hay ride surrounded by preserved 19th and early 20th century farming communities in scenic Cades Cove.
Cast A Line
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The crystal clear water flowing in the rivers and streams in the Smoky Mountains feed the west prong of the Little Pigeon River & its tributaries. This freshwater habitat is home many species of water life including the much sought after rainbow trout. Fun for all ages, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is a great event for any outdoorsman.
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Over 5,000 trout in over 20 miles of streams, with over $10,000 in cash prizes. More →
Pumpkin Patch Express
Join the Peanuts gang for a ride on the rails and family fall fun. More →
Kick off the holiday season with this spectacular light show at the Titanic Museum. More →
Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff
Offering mouthwatering recipes of homemade chili from mild and to wild & adventurous. More →
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Sep 6 - Nov 25
A 12 week celebration of the fall season, kicking off with the annual chili cookoff. More →
Dollywood Harvest Festival
Sep 27 - Nov 3
Carve out some time for fall's biggest event in the southeast. More →
A Harvest To Remember
Boasted as one of the season's premier events in the Smoky Mountains, Dollywood's Harvest Festival has something for every member of the family. Take in the sights of the incredible jack-o-lantern displays, the sounds of the Southern Gospel Jubilee, and the delicious smells of yummy autumn themed treats. Dollywood Halloween →