fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains near Newfound Gap

10 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Fall

A vacation to the Smokies always means a never-ending amount of great options when it comes to things to do in Gatlinburg, but in the fall, it’s even more fun and beautiful! To help you start planning your next trip, we wanted to share with you some things that we think you’ll enjoy doing while staying with us during the autumn months! Here are 10 things to do in Gatlinburg in the fall:

1. Roaring Fork Motor Trail

This is a favorite among park guests and leaf peepers! The Roaring Fork Motor Trail is on the edge of downtown Gatlinburg and just minutes away from our hotel! The area is filled with cascades, waterfalls, history, and hiking trails. However, a nice drive along the motor trail is perfect as well. Autumn is certainly the time to take in the beauty of the Roaring Fork! Plus, it’s a great time to spot a black bear or two!

anakeesta chairlift in gatlinburg2. Autumn at Anakeesta

If you think that Anakeesta can’t get any better than it already is, you haven’t tried visiting in the fall, yet! With kid and family friendly fun during the day and a little extra spookiness at night, you’ll not only get to take in the fall views from the mountains but have a little extra seasonal fun as well!

3. Take in the Autumn views from the SkyBridge

If you thought the views from the SkyBridge were fantastic this summer, wait until the patchwork quilt of autumn colors spread about across the Smokies! Tip: Visit early, explore Gatlinburg, take a drive through the mountains and then return to the SkyLift Park for a night stroll across North America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge!

4. Attend the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

The annual Craftsmen’s Fair is a favorite among both guests and locals! Not only will you get to speak to artists and observe them as they work, but it’s also a great opportunity to kickstart your Christmas shopping with unique gifts!

Aerial Tramway Ober Gatlinburg sign5. Join in for OktOBERfest

If you’re looking to take in the fall views and have some fun with a twist of culture too, you’ll want to head up to Ober Gatlinburg during the month of October! During their OktOBERfest they celebrate and honor the traditions of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. It’s an indoor/outdoor festival that’s perfect for the entire family! Stay with us at the Old Creek Lodge and you’ll be within walking distance of Ober’s Aerial Tramway. Don’t forget while you’re there to pick up a Ski Season pass and before you leave, you can book a winter wonderland stay with us at a special rate!

6. Take a ghost tour

If you love spooky stories, you’ll enjoy learning about the history of Gatlinburg through a walking ghost and haunt tour of the most loved town in the Smokies. But don’t say we didn’t warn you, because afterwards, you’ll never look at Gatlinburg the same! Don’t miss these other Halloween-themed things to do in Gatlinburg!

7. Go for a hike

Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by trail! The weather is cooler in the fall months and the canopy of the Smokies fills with autumn colors making it the perfect time to take a hike! Need hiking gear? Our friends at the NOC Gatlinburg can help you with everything you need and they even have rental gear available for you to try out! The NOC can also help you with booking a guided hike!

fall in the smoky mountains8. Attend a photography workshop

Autumn in the Smokies is a photographer’s paradise! It’s also the perfect time to book a photography tour with a professional guide. You’ll not only learn tricks to using your camera, but you’ll also get a firsthand tour of the best spots for fall photos in the national park!

9. Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

A great event that is held every year and is perfect for all ages! With 10,000 trout stocked in the streams and cash and prizes, how can you pass this one up?

10. Stay With Us

The best way to make the 9 fun fall things to do in Gatlinburg happen, is by doing our favorite thing on the list: staying with us! Our downtown Gatlinburg hotel is just steps away from all of the wonderful things happening during one of the most beautiful seasons of the Smokies! We are located just down the road from the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but we are also within walking distance of the best restaurants, shops and attractions in town! During your stay with us, you will have a room that is riverside and that has a private balcony, a perk that every guest gets to enjoy! Our Amenities are everything you’ll need in a home away from home and you’ll find our hotel to be modern but rustic and extra cozy!

You’ll find plenty to do on a fall vacation in the Smokies and you’ll have a wonderful time even if you just decide to kick back and enjoy the view! It’s a favorite time to visit the area for many. Are you ready to plan your trip to enjoy the best things to do in Gatlinburg in the fall? Take a look at our guest rooms and book your stay!

We’ll see you soon!