Things to Do in the Great Smokies During the Fall

The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are one of Appalachia’s most treasured gems, and never more so than in the Fall. Ridge after ridge of painted red and golden hues sweep across miles of low, misty mountains. More than a few artists and poets have found a well of inspiration in these beautiful forests. The Smokies rank consistently among America’s most wonderful Fall destinations, and there is no shortage of attractions. Here are some of the best Fall activities to enjoy in the Smokies and the towns that call them home.
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Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

A winter visit to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains would not be complete without experiencing two of the city’s signature celebratory events. The Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff, held November 8, marks the beginning of the city’s annual three month long Magic Trolley Ride of Lights tours through sparkling and enchanting holiday displays.
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Best Fall Hikes of the Smokies

Best Fall Hikes of the Smokies

A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains in the fall is an amazing experience. The leaves are turning to vibrant shades of reds, yellows, and oranges. Hiking in the Smokies during fall can give you up close views of those changing leaves. There are many different trails throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and they vary in skill level from beginning to expert. The following are some of the best fall hikes of the Smokies.
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Peak Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

Peak Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains stretch along the state borders of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, and get their name from the natural fog phenomenon that hovers over the mountains, appearing as ‘smoke’ from a distance. Notable for its diverse ecosystem that features dense old growth forest, ample waterways, a wide variety of wildlife and native vegetation and awe-inspiring natural beauty, the Smokies offer something for everyone, regardless of age or interest.
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Oktoberfest at Ober

Oktoberfest at Ober

Fall is one of the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains. The leaves are changing into beautiful colors, the air is crisp, and there is always something fun happening. Autumn in Gatlinburg means fun for the entire family with activities and events that celebrate the season. Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg is one of the highlights of the fall. This annual celebration begins September 22nd and runs through October 29th. This celebration offers something for all ages in a beautiful environment with the Great Smoky Mountains as the backdrop.
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Gatlinburg Taste of Autumn Event – September 14th, 2017

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Fall is one of the best times to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. The air is turning cooler, the leaves are starting to change into a beautiful array of colors, and there are many events throughout the fall season for the entire family to enjoy. One of these events is the annual Taste of Autumn which is being held on September 14, 2017. This is the 20th celebration of some of the wonderful food and entertainment options offered by businesses in the Gatlinburg area.
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The Smokies: 4 Things to do on Labor Day

Labor Day Activities in the Smokies

Make your final weekend of summer the best one yet and head to the Smokies! This incredible vacation destination offers something for everyone. Have fun, make memories, and celebrate an unforgettable end to the season.
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