The Great Smoky Mountains are a year-round treat for nature lovers. There’s the sparkling white wonderland of deep winter. The sweet, gentle breezes of springtime. The wild-flower strewn meadows of high summer. But autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains is particularly special. If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure for your whole gang— or a cozy, peaceful getaway for two— plan now for a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains this fall.
For some truly epic leaf-peeping, October and November are an ideal time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. The cooler temperatures and shorter days bring out some dramatic color changes in the forest. Burnished gold, bright yellow, and luscious red leaves light up the hills with their show-stopping hues. Rent a cabin in the mountains this October or November and soak up the vivid fall colors.
Here are the five best ways we’ve found to enjoy the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains.