With beautiful scenery and endless seasonal activities, fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the very best times of the year for a vacation! Here are just seven of our favorite things about spending autumn in the Smokies:

1. Incredible Fall Colors

Even if you didn’t make it to the Smoky Mountains in the early part of fall, there is still time to see some of the area’s beautiful foliage. The peak of the fall foliage usually comes in late October and will continue right into November. You can enjoy views of the amazing colors in a variety of locations, from the deck of your cabin, to scenic spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove.

2. Early Holiday Shopping

While you can always shop at the mall or online, the Smoky Mountains have many charming stores where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts. The Village in Gatlinburg, for example, offers 27 unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries that are great for holiday shopping. You can also take the 8-mile Arts & Crafts Loop in Gatlinburg, where you can find many amazing handcrafted items.

3. Autumn Hikes and Drives

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is the ideal time to do some exploring, whether you want to go hiking or driving. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has many scenic drives where you can also step outside your vehicle and do some hiking. The parking lot at Newfound Gap, for example, will place you right on the famous Appalachian Trail. Upper Tremont Road is another excellent place to go for a drive in the fall, featuring waterfalls, scenic views, and a number of nearby hiking trails.

4. Seasonal Events at DollywoodA colorful fall pumpkin display.

Dollywood is a fun family destination any time of year, with its many rides, live entertainment, and great restaurants, but beginning in the fall, it is transformed into a truly magical place. Starting in November, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas kicks off, featuring special shows such as A Christmas Carol, starring a hologram of Dolly Parton as the Ghost of Christmas Past! Children will enjoy visits from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and his friends. All of this, along with a spectacular light show, can be experienced at Dollywood from November 7 to January 3.

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5.  Holiday Festivals

If you will be in the area for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to check out the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, where you’ll find many handcrafted items made by local artists. Just a week later, visitors can enjoy the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show for even more excellent shopping opportunities. The area also has several early winter celebrations, such as Winterfest, which begins on November 10 and continues straight through February.

6. Discounts on Fun Fall Activities

When you stay with Top Cabin Rentals, you’ll get discounts on activities that are especially enjoyable in the fall. We provide you with one free ticket to Jayell Ranch Riding Stables, where you can experience the beauty of the foliage and fresh fall air on horseback. You’ll also receive a voucher for one free ticket at Adventure Ziplines. Ziplining is another fantastic way to see the fall colors up close in the Smoky Mountains. Visit our Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental Specials page to see all of our latest deals and promotions!  

A table full of Thanksgiving food.7. Celebrating Thanksgiving

The Smoky Mountains are one of the best places in the country to celebrate Turkey Day! At one of our cabins, you can prepare a Thanksgiving meal with your fully equipped kitchen. Also, many of the restaurants in the area stay open for Thanksgiving, in case you feel like taking a break from cooking. Aside from eating, you can spend Thanksgiving weekend relaxing on your deck, lounging by the fireplace, and watching football on your cabin’s large screen TV.

As you can see, there is nothing quite like fall in the Smoky Mountains! To start planning your autumn vacation, check out our complete selection of Smoky Mountain cabin rentals.