Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. Guests enjoy the colorful leaves and harvest themed decorations and activities throughout the Smoky Mountains.

Peak autumn color is typically enjoyed from mid-October through mid-November. The brilliant leaf display begins in the upper elevations of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and makes its way down the mountainside into Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville as the weeks progress.

Those who want to enjoy the fall color while exploring the area’s history and scenic backroads will enjoy Sevierville’s seven self-guided Fall Driving Tours. Simply find the map and information about points of interest below by following the driving tour links.

The newest of the seven is Sevierville’s Steeples and Farmsteads Fall Driving Tour which showcases some of the area’s most beautiful farmland, historic homes and country churches.

Bluff Mountain Fall Driving Tour

The Rocky Flats Fall Driving Tour highlights scenic vistas, churches, and cemeteries along the route to the Rocky Flats Community. Enjoy driving through a historic covered bridge along one of the least traveled sections of Sevier County.

The Bluff Mountain Fall Driving Tour works its way to the top of Bluff Mountain noting important sites and historic buildings along the way. Enjoy spectacular views once at the top.

The Douglas Lake Fall Driving Tour winds along quaint country roads to spectacular views of Douglas Lake. Highlights of this driving tour include an art gallery located in a historic home, a Century Farm, picturesque country churches, and Douglas Dam – which was initially built to provide power for the war effort during World War II.

The Boyd’s Creek Fall Driving Tour traverses the rolling hills and fertile river bottoms where the Knoxville, Sevierville & Eastern Railroad (later called the Smoky Mountain Railroad) once ran. Boyd’s Creek is a historic farming community dating back to the American Revolution. Highlights of this tour include historic homes, a See Rock City barn and the Battle of Boyd’s Creek Memorial.

Follow the Middle Prong Fall Driving Tour to see historic churches, a cantilever barn, and an early Methodist Mission. Or make your way along country roads on the English Mountain Fall Driving Tour. This tour features one of the few remaining covered bridges in Tennessee, a Civil War battle site and more.

Bluff Mountain Fall Driving Tour
Bluff Mountain Fall Driving Tour

Beginning at the end of September, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg businesses get all gussied up with harvest themed decorations during our Smoky Mountain Harvest Fest Celebration. Enjoy seeing the sometimes intricate, sometimes playful, and always fun displays throughout all three cities.

Fall festivals and activities are the best part of the autumn season. Get Kornfused at Kyker Farms Corn Maze – a family friendly seasonal attraction located on a working Tennessee Century Farm. The 2023 season kicks off on September 30, then is open Thursday-Sunday during October. History & Haunts offers a family-friendly peek at the darker side of Sevierville’s history with walking tours, frights, lawn games, costume contests in several categories (including one for leashed dogs), storytellers, a Halloween-themed dance party with classic tunes spun by a DJ, fireworks, crafts, and some ghoulish surprises. Join the fun on Bruce Street in Downtown Sevierville on Thursday, October 19, 2023, starting at 6 p.m. and ending with fireworks at 8 p.m.

Learn about other Smoky Mountain events happening this fall here.

Start planning your fall travel now. Explore Sevierville’s lodging options here.

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