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Pigeon Forge Travel Guide: 2020 Events + Fall Things To Do

Pigeon Forge Fall Travel Guide

The fall season is one of the best times to be in the Smoky Mountains. Whether it’s fall events, pumpkin picking, or leaf peeping, there are many fall things to do in Pigeon Forge. There is no better way to experience the splendor of the season than with a Smoky Mountain getaway. We bring together Pigeon Forge fall events, the best places to see fall colors, traditional fall things to do, & more. And don't forget to check out our other amazing Pigeon Forge travel guides!

When Do Fall Colors Peak?

Fall colors will start to develop above 4,000 feet around early October. The peak of color 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.

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.

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Hike It

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.

Hiking →

See It

While you're on the open road, stop right off Newfound Gap Road and catch the sweeping views of fall scenery among Tennessee & North Carolina.

Overlooks →

Drive It

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.

Fall Drives →

Autumn At Anakeesta

Experience It

Experience the many colors of Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains from Gatlinburg’s award winning outdoor family theme park this October. Enjoy seasonal food and drinks, games, and live entertainment. Beginning at sunset, thrill seekers can take a haunted ride on the Rail Runner mountain coaster. Join us on the weekends for a nighttime zipline experience as you fly through darkness 200’ above the forest floor. Bring the family to relax around the new fire pit or grab a bag of popcorn to watch a Halloween movie.

Anakeesta →

A View To Remember

Sit back and take in the splendor of fall in the Smoky Mountains from your private Smoky Mountain cabin. Quiet and serene, there is nothing better than watching the sun glimmer off of the reds, oranges and yellows of the fall foliage.

Cabins With Mountain Views
View of mountain fall colors from a cabin balcony
Pigeon Forge fall decorations

Fall Decor

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!

Pigeon Forge fall decorations

Choose Your Getaway

Hazy Days cabin in Gatlinburg

Hazy Days

This cozy one bedroom cabin is tucked away in the mountains of Gatlinburg. It's perfect for a romantic getaway and includes amenities like rocking chairs, a steam shower, hot tub, and outdoor dining.

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Breathtaking Lodge cabin view

Breathtaking Lodge

With a view like this from the wraparound balcony, you won't want to leave the comfort of this three bedroom cabin. But if you feel the need, it's just a short drive from Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, and even closer to the national park.

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Renewed Spirit cabin in Gatlinburg

Renewed Spirit

This four level log cabin has seven luxurious bedrooms, a game room with a pool table, and is located in a beautiful wooded setting. It's a great spot to enjoy the Smoky Mountain fall colors.

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Journeys & Destinations

Wherever you happen to find yourself in the Smoky Mountains, you should expect adventure. It comes in many shapes and sizes. There is an activity for everyone, and especially during this time of year you will find a variety of ways to enjoy a vacation in East Tennessee.

Hike To LeConte

Did you know there are 6 hiking trails to reach the summit of Mount LeConte? All of them offer plenty of scenery along the way, and some are more difficult than others.

LeConte Hikes →

Under Canvas

Who says you can't enjoy the great outdoors in luxury? Under Canvas puts you in the middle of beautiful fall color with amenities like king sized beds, ensuite bathrooms, fire pits, wood burning stoves, and many more fabulous perks all in the comfort of your private tent.

Under Canvas →

Got S'Mores?

Change things up on your vacation this year with a luxury camper rental. Got S'mores RV Camper Rentals gives you the camping experience without all the work. You'll have everything you need at a great nightly rate, and they will even deliver the camper to the campground of your choice.

RV Rentals →

A Thrill Of A Ride

This October, hop onto Tennessee's scariest mountain coaster ride at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. These Halloween-themed night rides are not for the faint of heart.

Event Info →

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

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

Llama Treks →

Fire Tower Hikes

We guarantee that you've never seen the Great Smoky Mountains like this before. There are 5 magnificent fire towers (also known as lookout towers) scattered across the Smokies, and the hikes to reach them are worth the trek. Start with something easy like Look Rock, or dive into the hard stuff with a hike to the summit of Mount Cammerer.

Fire Towers →

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 →

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 →

Get It To Go

Puckett's To Go Packs feature customizable family meals with cherry wood-smoked BBQ & Southern sides and feed 4-6 people for just $49. They come fresh & ready-to-eat; no cooking required. Add on sweet tea or homemade cobbler of the day. Order online here.

Puckett's →

Mama's Farmhouse

Voted Best Fried Chicken in the Smokies, Mama's Farmhouse is now offering chicken buckets to go. Make a day of it and head out to one of your favorite picnic spots in the national park. Browse their menu here.

Mama's Farmhouse →

Seasonal Spirits

Two jars of Smith Creek Moonshine

Smith Creek Moonshine

Spice up your season with some specially flavored moonshine. Smith Creek’s cinnamon flavored moonshine has a great kick, and their apple pie flavor will have you reminiscing about Grandma’s old recipe. More →

Apple

Apple Barn Winery

Made with apples grown on the property, The Apple Barn's white wine collection will remind you of the first bite into a freshly picked, crisp apple. Apple wines infused with raspberry, strawberry, & peach add a twist to sweeten up your visit. More →

Apple Spice Cocktail

  • 1 oz. Apple Pie Moonshine
  • 1 oz. Cinnamon Moonshine or Whiskey
  • 3 oz. Ginger Ale

Mix well and pour over ice. Garnish with a fresh apple slice and cinnamon stick.

The fall season is one of the best times to be in the Smoky Mountains. Whether it’s fall events, pumpkin picking, or leaf peeping, there are many fall things to do in Pigeon Forge. There is no better way to experience the splendor of the season than with a Smoky Mountain getaway. We bring together Pigeon Forge fall events, the best places to see fall colors, traditional fall things to do, & more. And don't forget to check out our other amazing Pigeon Forge travel guides!