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Top 6 Places to Visit in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

Posted on October 12, 2020
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When you come to the Smokies in the fall, you want to take in all the fall colors and beautiful scenery. You may be wondering where you should go to fully enjoy the beauty of the area, and we want to share these places to visit in the Smoky Mountains. Some are beautiful drives, and others are incredible hikes. Here are the top 6 places to visit in the Smoky Mountains in the fall:

1. Cades Cove

cades cove in the fallCades Cove is one of the most popular places to go in the fall. The drive is 11 miles long, and you’ll get to take in a ton of scenery. You’ll see meadows, a ton of trees, beautiful views of the mountains, and so much more. There’s nothing more beautiful than the changing colors and wildlife you might see in this area. You’ll also love exploring the history buildings.

2. Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome is a pretty popular place to visit in the Smoky Mountains in the fall. It is one of the spots with the highest elevations in the park. You will be able to see over 100 miles from the observation tower on a clear day. Since it is at a high elevation, you’ll see fall colors earlier in the year. To get to the top of the observation tower, you have to go on a short 0.5-mile hike on a paved path.

3. Roaring Fork Motor Trail

roaring fork motor trailThe Roaring Fork Motor Trail is another great place to go in the fall. It’s a one-way drive that takes you along a scenic route through the woods. You might see wildlife along your drive, and there are several spots where you can stop and get out. The fall foliage along this drive is beautiful in the fall.

4. Newfound Gap Road

Newfound Gap Road is another place to visit in the Smoky Mountains. This road goes from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Cherokee, North Carolina. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to drive the entire thing. You can stop at several overlooks or hiking trails if you want to get out and explore. You’ll drive through the mountains and be able to enjoy mountain views, which are spectacular in the fall.

5. Alum Cave Trail

alum caveWant to get out and hike in the fall? Alum Cave Trail is a great hiking trail to go on this time of year. It is considered moderate with a roundtrip length of 5 miles. You’ll hike through the woods and see the trees up close as they change colors. There are rock formations that are really cool to see in person. When you reach the bluffs, you’ll be amazed by the size of them and the mountain views in the area.

6. Metcalf Bottoms

One of the best things to do in the fall in the Smoky Mountains is have a picnic. Metcalf Bottoms is open year round, and there are 122 picnic sites in the area. Many of them are beside the river, so you can have a beautiful view of the river and colorful trees hanging over the bank. There are quite a few hiking trails in this area if you want to explore.

These are just some of the places to visit in the Smoky Mountains in the fall. Are you ready to start planning your fall trip? Look through our Sevierville condos and book one today!

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