Fall in the Smoky Mountains | Visit Sevierville


13+ things to do this fall in the Smoky Mountains.

The air is crisp and refreshing, the leaves are beautiful, the weather is perfect, and the urge to get outdoors is relentless. Fall is finally here! Make the most of the season with a fall break in Sevierville, Tennessee in the Smoky Mountains. Whether you prefer to step up the pace or slow things down, get inspired by this list of fun things to do.

Take a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park , the No. 1 most visited national park in the U.S., known for its natural beauty, diverse wildlife, and historic culture. Hiking trails abound, from short paved paths to challenging steep climbs. All lookout points boast impressive views and two trails are dog friendly.

Ride a horse with Five Oaks Riding Stables , and explore 70 miles of historic pioneer trails. Each hour-long, 3.5-mile ride showcases the natural beauty of trees, streams, and mountain views, and also passes by some man-made surprises including an authentic moonshine still. Bring the whole family: Riders age three to 93 are welcome!

Soar in a helicopter for an eagle’s eye view of the mountains and surrounding farms, fields, waters, and other sights. Climb up to 1,200-feet into the air with Scenic Helicopter Tours for an unforgettable aerial tour of breathtaking vistas while hovering up in the clouds like a VIP. Daily tour options range from eight to 100 miles, depending on your interests and time constraints, and are suitable for all ages.

Zip-line through the trees for a squirrel’s eye look at fall foliage. Foxfire Adventure Park packs its 150-acres with challenges including the seven-line Waterfall Canopy tour, the five-line Goliath zip-line course—the highest, longest, and fastest zip-line in the Smoky Mountains!—and the 330-foot long Bridge to Prosperity Mountain—the nation’s longest swinging bridge!

Race around the tracks at NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains Take advantage of cooler days and enjoy some friendly competition on eight exciting go-kart tracks. NASCAR SpeedPark is fun for the whole family and offers thrill rides, kids’ rides, unlimited mini golf, an indoor rock climbing wall, arcade and more!

Go off-roading with Bluff Mountain Adventures Bluff Mountain Adventures Guided ATV trail rides explore a rugged 6,000-acre private property in the Smokies. Scramble over natural terrain and up a mountain to reach some overlooks that open to spectacular views.

Take aim and splatter your opponents at Tennessee Mountain Paintball Low impact paintball delivers high adrenaline but little pain for maximum fun. Billed as “the real life video game,” the goal is to eliminate game competitors by tagging them with paint-filled capsules using an air-powered launcher. It’s heart-pumping outdoor play with an edge of team strategy. Anyone age seven and older can play.

Enjoy a scenic driving tour through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on US 441. The 31-mile Newfound Gap Road boasts several spectacular lookout points including Newfound Gap at an elevation of 5,046 feet. While here, you can stand on the state line between North Carolina and Tennessee and even set foot on the famed Appalachian Trail that meanders from Georgia to Maine. Additional fall driving tours include Steeples & Farmsteads, Rocky Flats, Bluff Mountain, Boyd’s Creek, Middle Prong, Douglas Lake and English Mountain.

Buy a fall-themed work of art at the Robert A. Tino gallery to take that “fall in the Smokies” feeling home. One of the most celebrated artists in the Southeast, Tino’s watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings capture nature’s beauty in diverse styles including realism, impressionism, and abstraction with skillful use of color, depth and texture. Each year he releases limited, collectors’, and signed editions of original paintings from his gallery in Sevierville in a range of sizes and prices.

Shop ‘til you drop at Tanger Outlets Sevierville Tennessee’s largest authentic outlet center, where nearly 100 brand-name stores offer designer clothing, shoes, accessories and more at discount prices of up to 70 percent off retail. Each store opens to the great outdoors so fall is an ideal time to stock up on whatever you need.

Bite into a seasonal treat at Apple Barn Cider Mill & General Store. This working apple farm hosts a bustling compound of good taste from a variety of fresh-picked apples to prepared items. The Apple Pie Kitchen makes fried apple pies, apple doughnuts and apple dumplings throughout the day in small batches. The Cider Room produces a variety of sweet and tart apple ciders, poured to enjoy hot or cold at the Cider Bar. The Candy Factory’s old-timey treats like candied and caramel apples are handmade on century-old equipment. The Creamery scoops ice cream behind an old soda fountain. The general store, located inside the original barn that was built in 1910, is the only place to buy many of the farm-grown and -made treats to take home.

Taste wine at Hillside Winery , which produces sparkling and Italian-style wines made using Tennessee grapes and ranging from dry to sweet, white to red, and Apple Barn Winery , which offers sweet dessert wines. You can also sip spirits like rum, vodka, moonshine, and whiskey at Old Tennessee Distilling Company, Shine Girl, and Tennessee Legend Distillery

Relax and savor fall views! Sevierville offers a variety of inviting overnight accommodations in the heart of autumn scenery, from national chain hotels to private rental cabins and condos, campsites to waterpark resorts. Fall is an especially wonderful time to stay, whether you prefer to pitch a tent under the falling leaves or rent a log cabin with a gas fireplace and hot tub. Bring a camera to capture the views!

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