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Fall

In The Smoky Mountains

Fall Features

Bear-Varian Fall Festival at Anakeesta

Experience the many colors of Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg's award winning outdoor family theme park this fall. Enjoy Bavarian themed food and drinks, games, and live entertainment. Stroll through Vista Gardens to enjoy some stunning pumpkin carvings.

Anakeesta Event

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Since 1972 the iconic Scenic Helicopter Tours has guided visitors high above the skies to experience the best sights of the Smokies. Be sure to book a tour to see the best of fall colors.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Fall Festivals

One of the best parts about this time of year is the plethora of autumn activities being celebrated in so many different ways. Young adults may enjoy Gatlinburg's Oktoberfest, while younger children will love picking pumpkins at Kyker Farms. Stop by a bluegrass festival or peruse handmade goods at a craft fair.

Fall Festivals

Things To Do In

September

The 22nd of the month marks the first day of fall. As the leaves start to turn golden against the crisp blue skies, plan on some fun autumn outdoor activities to kick off the season.

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Fall Rod Run

Sep 12-14, 2024

The area's largest and most beloved automotive event kicks off mid-September at the LeConte Center. This spectacular 3 day event is family-friendly and offers free spectator parking at the show!

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Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival: Click for details.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

Sep 19-21, 2024

Bring your own lawn chair and set up daily from noon to 11 pm for some fantastic live music at this year's Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.

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Oktoberfest @ Peaceful Side Social: Click for details.

Oktoberfest @ Peaceful Side Social

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Come out and enjoy the second ever Oktoberfest at Peaceful Side Social in Townsend. The even features seasonal brews, classic German cuisne, live music, and competitive games.

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Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival: Click for details.

Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival

Sep 20-21, 2024

The Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival is a first-class production featuring an all-star lineup of some of the nation's top Bluegrass talent.

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Dollywood Harvest Festival: Click for details.

Dollywood Harvest Festival

Sep 9 - Oct 28, 2024

Celebrate the change of season at the fan-favorite Dollywood Harvest Festival including the Great Pumpkin LumiNights after dark.

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National Quartet Convention: Click for details.

National Quartet Convention

Sep 22-28, 2024

Join 40,000+ people from all over the country at Gospel music's largest gathering of the year: the National Quartet Convention.

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An Evening With The Oak Ridge Boys: Click for details.

An Evening With The Oak Ridge Boys

Sep 29, 2023

Grab tickets to see the iconic Oak Ridge Boys live at Country Tonite Theatre to enjoy one of the most distinctive sounds in music.

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Townsend Fall Heritage Festival: Click for details.

Townsend Fall Heritage Festival

Sep 27-28, 2024

Stop by the Townsend Visitors Center for a celebration of mountain heritage, Appalachian skills, arts and crafts, tasty food and bluegrass music.

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Sunnyland Farms

All new at The Mountain Mile Tower & Shops, Sunnyland Farms is your one-stop-shop for delicious gourmet gifts, fine chocolates, and a vast selection Georgia pecans. Stock up on their fall selection of treats and bring home some pecans for your holiday recipes this season.

Sunnyland Farms
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Fall at Kyker Farms

Sep 28 - Oct 31, 2024

The classic autumn activities at Kyker Farms are so much fun for the little ones. Enjoy the corn maze and hay ride before finding the perfect pumpkin. Explore the petting zoo, swing on a rope swing, and get plenty of adorable family photos.

Kyker Farms Event

Autumn Hikes In The Smokies

There is no better time to venture out into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park than the peak of fall colors in mid-October. Check out our top recommendations for fall hikes to enjoy.

Fall Hikes
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Be Bear Aware

Did you know that the American black bear doubles its body weight before hibernation? During the fall season, bears are more active as they forage for food. Remember to enjoy from a distance and never feed the bears.

Things To Do In

October

If you're looking for a place to see some of the most beautiful fall colors in the country, look no further than the Smoky Mountains. Look for peak colors in mid-October. There are countless ways to enjoy them.

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Fall Festival at Ober Mountain

Sep 27 - Oct 20, 2024

Celebrate the change of season at the month-long fall festival at Ober Mountain, featuring music, movies, food, and outstanding autumn scenery.

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History & Haunts in Downtown Sevierville: Click for details.

History & Haunts in Downtown Sevierville

Oct 17, 2024

Enjoy a family-friendly night of frights and fun in downtown Sevierville with walking tours, fireworks, and even a Halloween themed dance party.

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair: Click for details.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Oct 3-20, 2024

A premier holiday shopping destination, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair features local artisans, live music, and unique goods.

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Pigeon Forge Halloween Events: Click for details.

Pigeon Forge Halloween Events

Oct 1-31, 2024

If you're looking for a place to go trick or treating, pumpkin carving, or spooked senseless, check out our list of Halloween events.

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Chalkfest At The Island

Oct 6, 2024

Peruse the amazing chalk art at The Island in the crisp autumn air at Sevier County's one and only chalk festival. Chalkfest brings together professional and amateur artists alike to make concrete their canvas. This year's theme is visions of space.

Chalkfest

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

Stunning autumn scenery and loveable llamas make up this unique hiking experience with Smoky Mountain Llama Treks, and one of the best ways to see fall colors. You won't regret booking one of their three excursions this fall.

Llama Treks
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Gatlinburg Skypark

Make your way across the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America. The SkyBridge at Gatlinburg SkyPark puts you 1,800 ft above sea level and right in front of Mt. LeConte - a sight to behold in its autumn foliage.

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Big Rock Dude Ranch

A great way to experience fall colors, horseback riding at Big Rock Dude Ranch is a thrilling activity for all ages. There's plenty of things to do: gem mining, a petting zoo, a fishing pond and more.

Big Rock Dude Ranch
Rocky Top Wine Trail: Click for details.

Rocky Top Wine Trail

With five different wineries and countless flavor selections, the Rocky Top Wine Trail is an essential to-do for those over the age of 21. Your passport allows you to stop by each of the wineries for free tastings, unique activites and snacks.

Wine Trail
TopJump Extreme Arena: Click for details.

TopJump Extreme Arena

Need to get warmed up? TopJump is the best trampoline park in the area, and they've got everything from dodgeball, an indoor ninja park, kids play area, to virtual reality. The kids will have a blast on your next visit.

TopJump
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Scenic Drives

Ready to see the best of the Great Smoky Mountains? Check out our list of the top scenic drives in and around the national park. These treks are one of the best ways to see fall colors in the area.

Scenic Drives

Fall Features

Pigeon Forge Landing RV Resort

Does it get much better than camping with Mount LeConte in the background? Pigeon Forge Landing RV Resort has the newest accommodations and amenities set along a natural lazy river in the best location in the mountains. Choose a tent site or bring your RV.

Pigeon Forge Landing

Coasts & Goblins

Stop by Rocky Top Mountain Coaster on weekends in October for a special, spooky experience. The ride is made even more thrilling with incredible lights, goblins, ghouls and ghosts. Bring your friends and prepare for a scare!

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

Pink Jeep Tours

See the very best of the Smokies in all of the mountains' fall splendor with Pink Jeep Tours, voted Best Tours for 2022. They offer several different tour options to help you escape the hustle and bustle for premium autumn leaf-peeping and photo ops.

Pink Jeep Tours
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Thanksgiving In The Smokies

Planning on spending this tasty holiday in the Smokies? Check out our guide on things to do during Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge as well as our list of restaurants with delicious specials for the occasion. We keep it updated as info becomes available.

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The Spookier Side

If you're interested in things to do in Pigeon Forge in October, we've got some spooky activities in the Smoky Mountains for you to try. But beware: these spooktacular adventures are not for the faint of heart. These attractions are open year round, but this is our favorite time to enjoy them.

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The Haunting Of Hyde House

The elegant and mysterious Hyde House has sat vacant and deteriorating for many years. Local legend claims the mansion is cursed with tormented spirits haunting the hallways. When your group is abandoned by its tour guide, you will meet one of these ghostly residents: Little Isabella. You must solve her puzzles to finally free her from this earthly purgatory.

Enter If You Dare
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Masters Of Magic

Have you ever been curious about the other side of magic? Enter the Realm of Illusions, where a legendary magician has invited you to participate in a magical challenge. You must solve an array of tricks and puzzles to progress through Reflecto's historic theater to find your way into this mystical realm.

Mystify
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The Haunting

Your job in this spooky escape room is to decide whether or not the notorious Worthington Mansion is truly haunted by the rumored spirits and terrible secrets of its past. Your investigation will decide the truth; but don't forget - you can't escape until it does.

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Players in the Mystery Mansion escape room

Mystery Mansion

The ruins of another old mansion sit abandoned by a reclusive and eccentric family. You've heard the rumors; there is a ghostly presence that looms over the old estate. You and your team must race against the clock to uncover the mansion's secrets before it's too late.

Break Out
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Outbreak: Dread The Undead

Explore the remains of a destroyed laboratory where the DNA-altering experiments of biotechnology experts at the once notorious Chemacorp have gone terribly wrong. With the building on lockdown, you must fight your way through an army of the undead and avoid infection to find the exit.

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