Top Places to View Fall Colors in Pigeon Forge

Top Places to View Fall Colors in Pigeon Forge

Gorgeous fall foliage is why folks come back to Pigeon Forge year after year! Whether you’re in the woods or in the heart of town, here are the best places to view fall colors in Pigeon Forge.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is like a jewel box in autumn, glowing with deep colors. Peak color emerges around mid-October each year, but there are fall hues from September until mid-November. The National Park Service suggests these places to view fall colors:

  • Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park and features an observation tower, so you’re sure to get expansive views on all sides.
  • Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, a peaceful 5.5-mile loop road, takes you past creeks and waterfalls. 
  • Cades Cove’s loop road features plenty of stops for pictures. The mountains surround this valley, famed for its wildlife and historic sites. 

You can enjoy fall colors from all around town, too. Check out these attractions where the view is on display:

Mountain Coasters

These individual coaster cars let you zip downhill through trees rich with color. You control your car’s speed yourself, so you choose how fast you go--take it slower to catch the colors! These tracks twist and turn, giving you a breathtaking new view around each curve. Pigeon Forge coasters include the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster and the Goat Coaster at Goats on the Roof.

Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

Soar high above Pigeon Forge for uninterrupted views from 200 feet in the air. Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and relish the sights from your climate-controlled, enclosed gondola on this huge Ferris wheel. Even on chilly fall days, you’ll stay comfortable on your gentle ride. The Wheel is at The Island, a one-stop destination for attractions, food and shops, so you’ll have plenty to do when you come back down to Earth. 


Pigeon Forge’s famous theme park nestles in the Smokies, so you’re surrounded by fall beauty as you stroll through this magical place. Just look up! 

Board one of the nine roller coasters for a thrilling way to look out at the mountains. The Wild Eagle is Dollywood’s tallest coaster, hitting 210 feet, and the Lightning Rod is a close second at 207 feet. The views from both are amazing if you can stop screaming long enough to look around.

Your Vacation Cabin

Settle back on your cabin’s deck or porch and get to know your own private view of the Smokies. Book your fall vacation cabin today.