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4 Reasons to Spend Fall in the Smoky Mountains

September 6, 2023

Fall is one of the most popular times to be in the Smokies. The warm temperatures begin to fade, the leaves turn from green to hues of red, orange, and yellow, and fall decorations and events can be found all throughout the area. When you’re looking for the perfect place to take a fall trip, look no further than the Smokies. Here are 4 reasons to spend fall in the Smoky Mountains:

1. To Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Acrobatics at Pirates Voyage

One attraction you don’t want to miss in the fall is Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! Our dinner show lets you enjoy fun, feast, and adventure in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Watch as Captain Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, lead the Crimson and the Sapphire crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water, and in the air! You’ll witness sword fighting, cannons blazing, fire tricks, diving, and more — all while feasting on a four-course pirate dinner. The meal includes a Buccaneer Biscuit, Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham, Cob-O’ Buttery Corn, a Pirate Herb-Basted Potato, and a Walk the Plank Specialty Dessert. Don’t forget to arrive early to Join the Crew! We offer pirate and mermaid makeovers to all ages for an additional fee. There’s no better place for guaranteed family fun in Pigeon Forge than at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!

2. To See the Fall Foliage

The main reason millions spend fall in the Smoky Mountains is the gorgeous fall foliage. The leaves transform from green to beautiful oranges, reds, and yellows. The best time to visit to see the leaves at their peak is around the end of October into the beginning of November, but they can start to change as early as September in higher elevations. The fall colors make a stunning backdrop for family photos, or you can relax on the deck of a cabin for the perfect morning view! We recommend going for a hike or a scenic drive in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to be surrounded by all the fall colors.

3. To Enjoy the Weather

beautiful fall hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains

The weather during fall in the Smoky Mountains is beautiful. Daytime highs tend to stick between the 70s and 80s in September, falling to the 50s and 60s by early November. It’s a great time to get outside! Hiking is a popular fall activity and gives you the opportunity to explore without getting overheated. Other great ways to enjoy the fall weather include picnicking, horseback riding, ziplining, and relaxing by a fire!

4. To Visit Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

The Smoky Mountains are home to so many fun and exciting seasonal activities. One event you don’t want to miss during the fall is Dollywood’s Harvest Festival. This fall festival has something for everyone, including fall treats, live music, and thousands of carved pumpkins. Be sure to stay until the sun goes down, when Great Pumpkin LumiNights lights up the night sky with larger-than-life pumpkin icons and more pumpkin decorations. You’ll love riding the Dollywood Express through the foothills of the Smokies and taking in the fall foliage, listening to live Southern gospel and bluegrass music, and trying fall flavors like pumpkin pie funnel cake. It’s a fall event that’s unlike any other!

Visit During Fall in the Smoky Mountains

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