TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE
FALL FOLIAGE IN PIGEON FORGE
Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, TN is a fall
lover’s paradise as a manifest of color change signifies the start of cooler
weather. You can see the Pigeon Forge fall foliage in numerous places around
town, however there are some places that offer spectacular views of the color
Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect place to view leaves as they
change throughout the season. There are multiple spots to take in the beautiful
colors depending on how active you want to be. Let’s start from the top. Clingmans Dome
is the highest point in the Smokies at 6,643 feet. You can drive up Newfound
Gap to the parking area, and for a 360- degree view, make the half of a mile
walk up to the top of the observation tower.
2. The Chimney
Tops Trail, while challenging, is worth the climb for the scenic view at
the peak. Although the trail is only 2 miles long, it gains 1,400 feet during
that climb with a rock scramble at the summit.
3. If you’re looking for a colorful view without
the climb, Roaring Fork
Motor Nature Trail is a great option. It is a five and a half mile
long, one-way, loop road through the woods with some opportunities to stop at
several hiking trails and historic buildings. There are also several overlooks
throughout the park where you can pull over and take in the fall colors without
ever leaving your car.
4. For some great photo opportunities right here in
town, aboard the Wonders of
Flight balloon. Take in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains all
around you from 400 feet in the air!
5. Another great viewing spot that should be on
your list is the Great
Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island in Pigeon Forge. Take a ride on the
200 feet-tall wheel in an all-glass gondola to see the mountains and foliage
like never before. After your ride, take a walk around the Island to see the
many fall decorations throughout.
- Colors start
to change at higher elevations first and then spread down to the trees on the
lower elevations. Generally this change begins for higher elevated areas in
early October. The colors will peak within the mid and low elevations around
mid-October through the start of November.
- The first
trees to change are the Yellow Birch, American Beech, Hobblebush, Pin Cherry,
and the Mountain Maple. At the height of the fall foliage season, you can
expect to see trees like the Sugar Maple, Sweetgum, Red Maple, Scarlet Oak, and
the Hickories in all their autumn glory.
- To check in on the
Smoky Mountain fall foliage progression view one of the parks webcams: Purchase Knob
looking Northeast and Look Rock looking East.