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 10 things that we think you’ll enjoy doing while staying with us during the autumn months!

Drive the Roaring Fork Motor Trail: 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, hiking trails. However, a nice drive along the motor trail is absolutely perfect as well. Autumn is certainly the time to take in the beauty of the Roaring Fork!

anakeesta chairlift in gatlinburgHallow Mountain at Anakeesta: Just as we start to think that Anakeesta can’t get any better than it already is, they bring in their Rambler adventure vehicle and the spooks! 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!

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 SkyPark for a night stroll across North America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge!

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 signJoin 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!

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!

Take 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 mountainsAttend 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!

Show us your fishing skills at the Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament!: A great event that is held every year and is perfect for all ages! With 5,000 trout stocked in the streams and over $10,000 in cash and prizes, how can you pass this one up?!

Be our guest at the Old Creek Lodge! The best way to make the 9 fun fall experiences in Gatlinburg happen, is by doing our favorite thing on the list: Stay at our beautiful Old Creek Lodge! 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! Each room has a beautiful fireplace and Our Spa King Suite is a favorite among guests that are traveling with families, a significant other or flying solo during their mountain getaway. Watch A Video About Old Creek Lodge!

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, so we do want to encourage you to Book A Room as soon as you can to guarantee that we’ll be able to accommodate you as our guest!

We’ll see you soon!