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Posted on 9/26/2022

Top 6 Reasons Families Love Visiting the Smoky Mountains in the Fall


Hayrides and leaf-viewing drives. Scarecrows and pumpkins. Warm colors and seasonal flavors. With so much to love, the Smokies are the ideal family vacation. Check out these six reasons why the Smokies are so much fun in the fall! 


1. Nature's Best Show

Each autumn, the No. 1 family attraction in the Smoky Mountains is the Smoky Mountains! Fall foliage draws visitors to gaze at the gold, red, orange, and yellow trees blanketing the mountain peaks. Take the kids and grandparents on scenic drives to see the Smokies' best vistas. 


2. Cozy Cabins

Spending a fall getaway in a Smokies cabin puts you in the heart of all that autumn color. Choose a cabin with a game room, in-cabin pool, or movie theater, and you're sure to make memories the kids will cherish forever.


3. Old-Fashioned Farmyard Fun 

Fall is the only time of year you can romp through corn mazes! Bring the kids to Kyker Farms and see who can escape their three corn mazes the fastest. Then take a hayride, visit the pumpkin patch, play cornhole, and more. 


4. Fall Festivals Galore

Anakeesta's Hallow Mountain celebration combines all the best of fall: Sweetly spooky Halloween decor, Oktoberfest German food and music, and gorgeous pumpkin carvings. At night, eerie shades of purple, orange, and green light thrill your senses!


The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival turns all of Gatlinburg into a blaze of colors. Decorations fill each block, featuring life-size scarecrows. Try to find them all! 


The Island in Pigeon Forge invites you to go selfie crazy. Pose on hay bales piled high with bright fall mums, plump pumpkins, and giant corn cobs. Then try special seasonal treats. There's even moonshine in fall flavors! 


5. Dollywood's Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Twelve thousand pumpkins glow while towers of pumpkins defy gravity, and a gigantic owl rules the roost! Dollywood's Harvest Festival features daily rides and shows Great Pumpkin LumiNights magic after dark. Stroll through a crisp fall evening and let the lights and family-friendly entertainment delight you. 


6. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

Head to Ober Gatlinburg, where music, dancing, Bavarian food, and beer mark Oktoberfest. Enjoy Ober's family activities, including mini golf, rock climbing, kids' rides, a mountain coaster, and an animal encounter. 


Book your fall vacation cabin now and see why families never run out of fun in the Smoky Mountains!

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