Pigeon Forge Travel Guide: 2021 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.

Go For A Ride

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bring The RV

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coal Fired Pizza

Enjoy a unique experience at Country Roads Axe Co featuring West By God CoalFired Pizza. The whole family will have a blast with the hometown country experience of axe throwing and top off the fun with a delicious custom pizza that will make your mouth water.

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TopJump Extreme Arena

Need to exert some energy? 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.

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Seasonal Spirits

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Apple Barn Winery: Apple Raspberry Reserve

Apple Raspberry Reserve

Apple Barn Winery

This classic from the Apple Barn is blended with raspberry juice for a medium sweet delicious flavor.

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Tennessee Homemade Wines: Old Apple

Old Apple

Tennessee Homemade Wines

A 100 year old recipe made from a combination of locally grown apples. This white blend is light, clean, and deliciously crisp.

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Smith Creek Distillery: Salted Caramel Moonshine

Salted Caramel Moonshine

Smith Creek Distillery

The perfect combination of salty and sweet, with a nice smack in the face to finish.

Smith Creek
King's Family Distillery: Apple Whiskey

Apple Whiskey

King's Family Distillery

This family recipe comes from two year old whiskey and natural apple flavors combined with cane sugar, hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and smoky caramel for a flavor described as excellence in a bottle.

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Tennessee Cider Company: Red Apple Hard Cider

Red Apple Hard Cider

Tennessee Cider Company

This traditional flavor made from a blend of tart and crisp red apples makes for a perfect refreshment in the autumn months.

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Junction 35 Spirits: New Whiskey Flavor

New Whiskey Flavors!

Junction 35 Spirits

Stop by Junction 35 at The Mountain Mile to try out their 2 all new flavors: black cherry & raspberry.

Junction 35
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.

Three players attempting to open a door

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
Magic box with question mark

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.

A skull peaks through a hole in the an old portrait

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.

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
Two brave visitors walk through a hall of zombie arms

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.


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!

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