When it comes to taking a vacation to the Smoky Mountains, there is no bad time to visit. Whether you are making plans to visit spring, summer, winter or fall in the Great Smoky Mountains, your visit will be a memorable one. Perhaps the best time to visit, however, is during the fall. Here’s why we think fall is the best season in the Smoky Mountains:

During the spring and summer months, the trees that make up the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are painted with varying shades of green and form a beautiful sight. When the temperature starts to drop and summer begins to fade into fall, the trees begin to take on gorgeous varieties of orange, red and brown. Seeing the mountains as the trees make the transition from summer to fall and begin to take on their autumn colors is truly a breathtaking experience.

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When should you come and take in the sights, however? We are actually able to study and figure out when the colors will be at their brightest.

view of fall in the Great Smoky MountainsThe Beautiful Colors of Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains

Knowing why the leaves change as they do can help you know when to plan your visit. If you head over to the USDA Forest Service website you can find a very detailed explanation of why leaves change colors. Here’s the short of it: leaves begin to change colors when the nights get longer. That is what is considered the primary factor in the change. The changes in color occur because there is less time during the day for photosynthesis to occur. Historical trends tell us that the colors remain in peak brightness during the latter half of October in the Smoky Mountains.

Leaves are Changing Earlier than Normal

Will this trend hold true in 2014? Signs point to yes. As September begins we will be able to more accurately forecast whether or not this trend will continue. Whether or not the colors follow their historical pattern, you should still make plans to come see the beautiful sights.

Some years, the trees begin changing in early October while other seasons are later in the year. It is predicted that we will have a record-breakingly early year for the 2014 season, so go ahead and make plans to see the leaves changing colors–possibly as early as the end of September!

river in the Smoky Mountains in fallCabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Offer the Best Views of the Mountains

Taking in the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains should be on everyone’s to-do list when it comes to a Smoky Mountains vacation. There are numerous ways to see the mountains, including hiking, motor trails and zipline adventures. No matter how you decide to take in the mountains, you will see sights that take your breath away.

We recommend making plans to stay in one of our cabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, where you can wake up and see the sights, then take a hike to experience them first hand. Come see the beautiful colors of the hills and create memories that last a lifetime!

Go ahead and give us a call at Top Cabin Rentals at (800) 223-6264 to start planning your getaway to the Great Smoky Mountains! Our vacation rental experts will be happy to help you choose the perfect cabin for your stay, and can assist you in deciding on a place that fits your needs and your budget. We can’t wait to see you in the Smokies!