Top 5 Things to Do This Fall in Pigeon Forge

It’s officially fall in Pigeon Forge and great things will be happening throughout town. Pumpkins, mums, scarecrows, and all-things fall will be everywhere you look. It is the perfect time of year for a quick couples’ getaway or even a long weekend getaway 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.


  1. Take photos with fall décor around town

See Fall Decor at The Island in Pigeon Forge

You will find 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 scarecrows and pumpkins, plus lots of orange, yellow and red.

Be sure to check out The Island in Pigeon ForgeOld Mill Square, and of course, 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.

Visitor tip: Check out some of the best places to see fall foliage in Pigeon Forge during your fall family vacation.


  1. See live concerts and glowing pumpkins at Dollywood

See live concerts and glowing pumpkins at Dollywood

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights take place from late in September through the end of October. Dollywood will be filled with the 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 one of 50 award-winning 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 the Dollywood park.


  1. Find a wide array of lodging options packed with amenities

Find a wide array of lodging options packed with amenities

Whether you prefer a hotel on the river in Pigeon Forge or a cabin situated close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find a wide array of lodging options to make your fall vacation with the family 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.

Visitor tip: Check out special discounts on hotels and cabins to make your stay as affordable as possible. You’ll also find additional lodging discounts and coupons in the Pigeon Forge Travel Guide.


  1. Experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains

Experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains

The fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is a definite must-see. The changing of the leaves from green to beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow start at higher elevations in the mountains and then work their way down. The higher elevations start to change in late September and normally peak by late October in the lower elevations.

This beauty happens throughout the area but Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to see it. Whether you decide to take a scenic drive or go for a fall hike, 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.


  1. Get your favorite fall comfort foods

Get your favorite fall 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 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. Or dine outdoors while listening to local artists and bands showcasing a variety of music genres at live music restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

Visitor tip: Make sure to check out The Listening Room, one of Nashville’s iconic music and dining venues, that just opened a new location 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 family vacation today!


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