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 couples’ getaway or even for a quick weekend trip 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.
Take photos with fall décor around town
You will find many great photo spots in Pigeon Forge featuring fall décor. Businesses in the area 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, pumpkins, and lots of orange, yellow, and red. Be sure to check out The Island, Old 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.
See live concerts and glowing pumpkins at Dollywood
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights take place throughout the month of October. Dollywood will be filled with the sights and sounds of fall. There will be many unique craftsmen showcasing their work as well as more than 800 live music performances by top names in gospel and bluegrass music, all of which are included with your admission to the Dollywood park. The fall season is also the perfect time of year for a ride on the Dollywood Express steam engine.
New this season, guests can purchase a reduced-price ticket which provides entry after 5 p.m. for those who want to make a quick trip to the park to experience Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. The limited-time offer, which is just $35 plus tax, is available online only; blackout dates apply.
Ride a zipline coaster at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is an outdoor amphitheater featuring an authentic lumberjack competition. Watch as the Dawson and McGraw families compete at over a dozen lumberjack events including axe throwing, chopping, sawing, log rolling and more. Then compete in your very own lumberjack competition at the adventure park. Try your hand at some of the same events you saw in the show!
See the beautiful fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains
Fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is a definite must see. The fall color changing of the leaves to beautiful colors of red, orange and yellow start at higher elevations and 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 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the best place to see it. Whether you decide to take a scenic drive or go for a hike, you will be delighted by the show nature puts on for you.
Get your favorite fall comfort foods to-go
Several Pigeon Forge restaurants make it easy to dine outdoors with special to-go packs. For authentic comfort food classics like meat and three specials or slow-smoked BBQ, try one of the Puckett’s To Go Packs! Get 2 pounds of meat, 2 quart-size sides and your choice of bread; available for delivery or pickup. Mama’s Farmhouse offers some of the best Southern country cookin’ in customizable to-go packs. Order a fried chicken bucket with Mama’s award-winning biscuits and add homemade sides such as mash potatoes with country gravy, veggie soup and more. The Old Mill Restaurant and The Pottery House Café are also offering family style meals to-go. Choose from entrees featuring meatloaf, fried or grilled chicken, country fried steak, pot roast and more. Meals come with quarts of corn chowder, mashed potatoes and green beans, and a whole pecan pie for dessert.
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 changing foliage and scrumptious fall fare, immerse yourself in the beauty of Pigeon Forge this season. Start planning your fall family vacation today!