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Experience Fall in Gatlinburg, TN

October 14, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Autumn in Gatlinburg is a special time of year. Set against a backdrop of mountains painted with brilliant fall color, Gatlinburg dresses up with lavish fall decorations to kickoff Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.

gI_81333_Gatlinburg Fall Scape Combine beautiful surroundings with craft shows, special events, great food and plenty of fun things to do, visitors are guaranteed a memorable trip to Gatlinburg.

Surrounded on all sides by the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is perfectly positioned for viewing fall foliage. Visitors, who want to get high above the trees for sweeping views of the Smokies, can try one of these vantage points. Situated in the heart of town, the Gatlinburg Sky Lift and Gatlinburg Space Needle take you to panoramic views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains. For breath taking scenery high above the trees, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram travels 2.1 miles from downtown Gatlinburg to the mountain top home ofOber Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. Once there, visitors can ride the longest chairlift in the south to Mount Harrison to see miles and miles of mountains blanketed in fall colors.

If touring by car is preferred the best scenic drives are wrapped all around Gatlinburg. Enjoy scenic views of the west prong of the Pigeon River along The Spur between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The Gatlinburg By-pass provides overlooks of Gatlinburg in the midst of the Smokies and Highway 441 into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, provides close encounters with fall color all the way to Newfound Gap which is 5,000 feet in elevation. Or take in the 8-mile Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Trail where amidst the autumn magnificence you can get up close to world-renowned Artists and Craftsmen.

Gatlinburg City Parks provide beautiful green spaces to picnic. All city parks are furnished with picnic areas, playgrounds and public restrooms.

Herbert Holt Park houses the city trout rearing facility and offers a handicapped accessible fishing platform. Mynatt Park has a baseball field and tennis courts. Mills Park is home to the city disc golf course.

Fall is filled with special events in Gatlinburg: the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Taste of Autumn and Halloween Fright Nights are just a few examples of ways to celebrate fall in the Smokies.

In addition to leaf peeping and special events, visitors can also find attractions, shopping, dining and lodging in Gatlinburg. Area businesses have created special Fall Fun opportunities. For more information on these opportunities and things to do in Gatlinburg visit our website at or call (800) 588-1817.

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