Fall Foliage & Flavors
There’s no denying that fall is in full-swing here in Pigeon Forge, and we are no exception to the pumpkin-flavored craze. However, take a look around town and you will find that our fall spirit goes much deeper than that. Between the fall foliage and flavors, from autumn decorations to take-home treats, here are some great reasons why you should make Pigeon Forge, TN your festive fall headquarters.
Great 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. Clingman’s 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
With over 90 different dining options, you are sure to find the fall treats that you crave in Pigeon Forge. Starting at the Island, you have to give Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake a try – it’s all in the name! There are also several local homemade candy stores around town serving up fresh caramel apples, a classic fall favorite. If you’ve already filled up on all the good eats, but are still looking to spice things up a bit, pamper yourself with a Pumpkin Spice Pedicure at the new St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Island Hotel.
Next stop: Old Mill Square! Be sure to take the taste of fall home with the Old Mill’s Pumpkin Spice Pancake & Muffin Mix, and don’t forget the Pumpkin Spice Syrup to match! These can be found at both the Old Mill General Store and the Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen. Need some new ideas for autumn recipes? Pick up the Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Recipes book, or combine all three treats to make a nice gift for someone special.
The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille will be selling their homemade cranberry walnut bread by the loaf all season long. If you just can’t wait until you get home to indulge, try the traditional homemade apple pie (while it lasts!) or the pumpkin pie. Buy it by the slice, or get a whole pie. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if you should share.