Gatlinburg is famous for its fall season; words do little to prepare visitors for the striking views that simultaneously dazzle and comfort with more shades of red, yellow, orange, and gold than you have ever seen before! People who have visited here before are irresistibly drawn back to Gatlinburg every fall as the experience is unlike anywhere else, with the mountains acting as timeless backdrops to the yearly kaleidoscope of color.
If you have been dreaming of a fall getaway, you'll want to read the following checklist that can help you get ready:
1) Find the perfect hotel, cabin or chalet. The best way to begin planning your Gatlinburg trip is to book your accommodations. One of the most amazing things about Gatlinburg is the range of lodgings. Stay in a hotel downtown and immerse yourself in all the activity near the Strip. You won't have to leave town very far to find a private cabin. Many of the most beautiful cabins (of all sizes, some sleeping up to 8 or more) are located within a mile or two of downtown.
If you require a really large rental, we recommend a chalet. Some of these log homes can sleep up to 14 people; a number of them look almost like mansions! What's great about chalets (and many of the cabins, too) is that they offer awesome back decks and wraparound porches. Often bedrooms in Gatlinburg chalets and cabins offer deck access, which puts the grandeur of the Smokies only a few steps away.
2) Go camping. Fall is a great time of year to camp in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is the most visited national park in America. You can learn all the details about camping in the park by reading our Great Smoky Mountains National Park Camping Guide. You'll learn about backcountry camping, horse camps and frontcountry camping. With backcountry camping you'll hike deep into the park and set up camp. Here are the reservation details for backcountry camping.
The horse camps are a fun way to get outdoors for a few days with your horse. Here are the details about the horse camps; note that 2 of the 5 camps are in Tennessee.
Frontcountry camping is popular because you won't need to hike your way in to a campsite. These developed sites can access flush toilets and cold running water in the restrooms. You won't find electric or water hookups, but these camping sites offer a great way to enjoy the outdoors without going too far into the park.
Glamping is the latest camping craze. You can camp in a real safari tent, or try something really different; how's about camping in a tree house! Get all the details here and make your trip to Gatlinburg one of the most unique experiences of your life: https://gatlinburg.com/go-glamping-in-gatlinburg-this-spring/
3) Take advantage of fall activities everywhere you look. We've got you covered with our post on the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. OktOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg offers you a chance to sing, dance, and enjoy German food and drink just like they do in Germany's Oktoberfest! Ride the tram up to Ober Gatlinburg and bring the family to see The Bavarian Fun Makers Band.
4) Our free Gatlinburg apps help you find all the cool things to do in town! Download both of these apps for iPhone or Android and check out all the activities, restaurants and attractions. The Visit Gatlinburg app can help you plan your trip and is even more valuable when you are here as it provides recommendations based on your location.
We hope this post has introduced you to some of the great fall activities you'll find in Gatlinburg. Book your trip now right on our site with our easy to use booking tool: http://www.gatlinburg.com