5 Best Places to See Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

Beautiful view of the fall colors near a Gatlinburg cabin.

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of our favorite times of year. This is when the mountain’s leaves turn from deep greens to vibrant shades of reds, yellows, and oranges as far as the eyes can see.

The trick to fully enjoying this time of year to go to one of the many scenic places where you can get the best view of the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. We have put together a list of all of our favorite viewing spots. From mountain tops to private patios, we have the perfect place for you to experience the fall colors this year.

1. Your Smoky Mountain Cabin Rental

Hands down, the best place to see the fall foliage in the Smoky Mountains is from the private back patio or porch of your Smoky Mountain cabin rental. Not only can you and your loved ones sit back and enjoy the scenic views from the comfort of your back patio, you also get to experience all of the benefits of staying in a relaxing cabin rental during your stay.

All you have to do is wake up, step outside, and you will be greeted with a beautiful mountain or wooded view wherever you turn.

2. Clingmans Dome

If you want to enjoy the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains from the top of a mountain but don’t want to conquer a long hike, we recommend you visit Clingmans Dome. To get to the top, all you have to do is walk about half of a mile to the top of the observation deck. Now, we do want to remind you that the elevation gain here is pretty steep, so it is not a quick walk. However, the views are definitely worth it.

From the observation deck at Clingmans Dome, you will be able to see a full 360-degree view of the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding areas. On a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles in the distance.

3. Cades CoveCades Cove, one of the most popular places to visit during a vacation in Gatlinburg

With over 2 million visitors a year, there is no doubt that Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, especially when it is time to see the fall colors. During this time of year, you and your family or group will especially love touring around the loop road. Don’t forget to park your car at one of the pull offs or at the visitor center and get out and walk around for a bit. You will love exploring the historic homesites and buildings throughout the area.

4. Gatlinburg Sky Lift

For a unique view of the fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, we also recommend you take a ride on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. The Sky Lift carries you from downtown Gatlinburg to the top of a mountain. This attraction is the best way to get a bird’s eye view of the fall leaves.

All you have to do is sit back in the open-air chair and enjoy the ride as you glide over the tops of the trees below. Don’t worry! This ride is completely safe and is open to guests of all ages.

fall leaves on the ground of the smoky mountains national park5. Mt. LeConte

If you want to mix in a bit of adventure to see the fall colors, we recommend you take in the view from the top of Mt. LeConte. One of the tallest mountain peaks in the Smoky Mountains, Mt. LeConte is the perfect spot for you and your loved ones to explore the fall colors while also giving yourself the chance to connect with nature during your hike.

There are several routes you can take in getting to the top of Mt. LeConte. The best part is that all of the trails give you incredible mountain views that you and your family or group are sure to enjoy.

Start planning your fall vacation today! Click here to look at all of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals. Cabin rentals fill up very fast, so you’ll want to reserve one as soon as possible.

Stony Brook Cabins and Chalets
1663 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Reservations: 800-633-5652
Local: 865-436-7428
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