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sunrise in the Smoky Mountains in fall

Fall is just around the corner and there’s nothing like spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains to kick off one of the best seasons of the year. Below are 5 fun things to do while you’re visiting Gatlinburg, TN!

1. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

fall foliage in the Smoky MountainsAutumn is a popular time to visit America’s most visited national park but with good reason. As we flip our calendars to October the summer heat eases up on even the lower elevations of the Smokies, the nights become perfect for sitting around the fire pits and the canopy of the forest slowly begins to transition into the beautiful colors of autumn. If you’re heading to Gatlinburg during the month of October then you certainly won’t want to miss out on seeing the views from the upper elevations around Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap. Taking a drive over to Cherokee is also a treat due to the elk roaming about and you can’t go wrong with a stop at the Mingus Mill. Just outside of downtown Gatlinburg is the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, another bucket list spot for fall in the Smokies. Drive the motor trail and explore the homesteads and tranquil sections of the river, or hike to one of the beautiful waterfalls that are tucked away in the Roaring Fork section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

2. Experience the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

The Gatlinburg SkyLift Park was first famous for its iconic chairlift and most recently for the SkyBridge but this fall they’ll be adding more fun to Crockett Mountain! First, they’ve added extra panels of glass to the SkyBridge for a few extra thrills and then, they’re also working on getting the new SkyTrail ready for exploring. If that wasn’t enough, Music on the Mountain is kicking off so you can enjoy some tunes while you take in the stunning views of the Smokies. To top off the season you’ll also find photo opportunities, hot season drinks, and more waiting for you at the top of one of Gatlinburg’s most loved destinations.

3. Attend Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

ober gatlinburg aerial tramway signIf attending Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg isn’t an annual tradition for you yet, it should be. Does it really even feel like fall until you’ve participated in a few Bavarian traditions on a mountainside? If you’re ready for some yodeling, brews, schnitzel, and bratwurst make sure you add a trip to Ober on your itinerary for this October. You can also participate in all of the other fun activities that await at Tennessee’s only ski resort and get inspired to return for winter when the slopes open up and the fun in the snow begins!

4. Participate in Arts & Crafts Events

October is the perfect time to experience the arts and crafts of the Smoky Mountains, a tradition that has played a huge part in the overall culture of the Great Smokies. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will be holding the Tennessee Crafts Week & Hands On Gatlinburg experience during the first part of the month. Starting on the 8th and running until October the 25th is the annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair in downtown Gatlinburg at the convention center. Both events are a great way to not only experience the Smokies but to also support local artists and pick up some holiday gifts during your time with us here in the Smoky Mountains.

5. Stay at The Appy Lodge

lobby in The Appy LodgeWe’ll admit that maybe we’re a little biased on the 5th thing to do this year when you visit Gatlinburg during the month of October. However, we think a stay with us at The Appy Lodge is the best way to secure a wonderful trip with plenty of relaxing at the best home away from home experience in town. During your time with us you can easily access all of the fun of Gatlinburg and the national park. You’ll also be just a short drive away from Pigeon Forge and all of the events in that area, as well as Dollywood and their annual Great Pumpkin LumiNights event. Our indoor pool and hot tub are open year-round so you’ll still have a chance to swim even with summer ending. Sitting around our outdoor fire pits is the perfect way to wrap up an autumn day in the area, or book a room with a fireplace and relax with plenty of privacy. Our Guest Rooms are perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, friends, and groups. If you have any questions or special requests you can Contact Us and we’ll be happy to help you Book Your Stay.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Happy Fall Y’all!