It’s officially fall in Pigeon Forge and great things are happening throughout town. Pumpkins, mums, scarecrows, and all-things autumn are everywhere you look. It is the perfect time of year to get away for some much-needed pampering and quality time together with the family.
You will find an abundance of fun things to do year-round in Pigeon Forge. But the cooler temperatures, crisp mountain air and majestic mountain scenery during the fall season offer the perfect setting for memorable fall vacations in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.
Capture fun photos with fall décor around town
There are many great photo spots in Pigeon Forge featuring fall décor. Businesses in the area always step it up and showcase some fun and creative fall displays this time of year. Stroll the Parkway and you’re sure to spot our friendly fall scarecrow friends, along with pumpkins and lots of orange, yellow and red.
Be sure to check out The Island in Pigeon Forge, Old Mill Square and Dollywood, for some spectacular displays that make great backdrops for family photos. A drive out Wears Valley Road is another great spot to catch a glimpse of some natural fall décor. Discover even more places to see fall foliage in Pigeon Forge during your fall family vacation.
Visitor tip: Check out even more of the best family photo spots around Pigeon Forge during your fall family vacation.
Enjoy great music, food and fun at must-do fall festivals and events
From BBQ competitions to bluegrass music, great glowing pumpkins and more, you’ll find an abundance of fun, fall festivals and events in Pigeon Forge to celebrate the season. The first annual Lumberjack Feud Rib Fest takes place in October at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park, where pitmasters from all around compete for prizes and the title of Rib Fest Champion.
And of course, the most anticipated festival of the season, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival has officially started and runs through the end of October. The theme park is filled with so many sights and sounds of fall! In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, artisans from around the country will be showcasing their beautiful handmade crafts. Visitors to the park can also enjoy live music performances by top names in gospel and bluegrass music, all of which are included with your admission to Dollywood.
The fall season is the perfect time of year for a ride on the Dollywood Express steam engine. Or soar through the sky and feel the cool fall breeze on top Dollywood rides and attractions. When the sun sets, the park transforms into a display of autumn splendor as thousands of carved pumpkins and other seasonal décor light up the night. Great Pumpkin LumiNights is the highlight of the Harvest Festival at Dollywood and a fun treat for all ages.
Visitor tip: Make sure to bring your camera! You’ll find countless opportunities for great family photos throughout Dollywood.
Plan an unforgettable stay in Pigeon Forge hotels and cabins packed with amenities
Whether you’re planning a fall vacation for the whole family or looking for the perfect place to escape for a fall couple’s getaway, you’ll find it in Pigeon Forge. From hotels along the Parkway to cabins situated close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, choose from a wide array of lodging options that are sure to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Explore Pigeon Forge hotels with indoor pools, fire pits and river views. Or stay in one of our cozy cabins and chalets featuring hot tubs, fireplaces and incredible mountain views. You’ll also find condos and resorts packed with countless amenities so you’re sure to find the perfect home away from home.
Experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains
The fall foliage in the Great Smoky Mountains is a definite must-see. The leaves begin to change from green to various shades of red, orange and yellow starting in the higher elevations, typically by late September. The fall colors normally peak in the lower elevations by late October.
This beauty happens throughout the area, but Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to see it. Whether you prefer to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature found along one of the scenic drives within the national park or explore one of the popular fall hiking trails, you will be delighted by the show nature puts on for you.
Visitor tip: For even more amazing views, check out some of the best waterfall hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Sample all your favorite fall Southern comfort foods
From classics like meat and three specials and slow-smoked BBQ to family style meals featuring entrees such as meatloaf, fried or grilled chicken, country fried steak, pot roast and more, fall is the perfect time to enjoy all your favorite Southern comfort foods. Pigeon Forge restaurants make it easy to dine on your favorite foods, indoors or out, and many also offer special to-go packs.
Start each morning of your fall vacation off right with a delicious and hearty Southern breakfast. Treat yourself to a big plate of made-from-scratch pancakes or sleep as late as you want and then head to one of the best brunch spots in Pigeon Forge.
For dinner, enjoy an authentic Smoky Mountain experience. Take the family to one of Pigeon Forge’s fun family dinner shows featuring music, dancing, comedy, daring stunts, magic and more. Dine outdoors while listening to local artists and bands showcasing a variety of music genres at live music restaurants in Pigeon Forge.
Visitor tip: East Tennessee is known for its world-famous whiskey and wine. From some of the oldest distilleries to the most visited wine trail to local taprooms and breweries, find your favorite sipping places in Pigeon Forge.
Fall in Pigeon Forge is filled with fun and adventure for the whole family! From beautiful fall décor and thousands of pumpkins to incredible views of the fall foliage and scrumptious fall fare, immerse yourself in the beauty of Pigeon Forge this season. Start planning your fall getaway today!
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