One of the best places to visit in the fall is…the Great Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge, TN! The area is like an art masterpiece during this time of year. The trees are filled with leaves of rich fall colors making for beautiful scenery, and the air becomes crisp and inviting.
As always, there are plenty of great festivals and events in the area to add to the fun. Below are three fall events in Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss:
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival begins September 28th and goes through November 3rd. The park will be covered with fall décor and activities. This year will be the second annual Great Pumpkin LumiNights, too, with beautifully carved and illuminated pumpkins adding a special touch to the Timber Canyon area.
Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
The 19th annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is October 6-7th. Area streams are stocked with over 5,000 trout in preparation for this event. There are adult, children, local and tourist divisions and plenty of prizes and giveaways. It is an event for everyone and a great way to enjoy the Smokies in the fall.
Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is also a highlight in the fall. The leaves usually start changing in the higher elevations by late September into early October. Then mid to lower elevations begin around mid to late October making for some very colorful adventures. The fall wildflowers also add to the beauty. It is a great time to pack a picnic lunch and stop along the way to soak in some quality time with nature!
Old Mill Heritage Day
The 15th annual Old Mill Heritage Day is coming up on September 22nd (which also happens to be the first day of fall)! This event is free, filled with bluegrass music, and there will be plenty of food and activities for everyone.
It’s also a good time to take a tour of the Old Mill. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and make it a day!
Fall in love with everything Pigeon Forge this season!