Travelers and locals alike always look forward to the fall in the Smoky Mountains. And for good reason, too. Every year as summer fades into fall and the temperatures begin to drop, the beautiful shades of green that paint the colors of the trees during the spring and summer explode into a brilliant tapestry of reds and oranges.
Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the best times of year to visit due to the changes of scenery that naturally occur in the mountains. If you have never been in the Smokies during the fall season, make plans to change that this year. Here are some ways to enjoy the fall season as you and your family plan your Smoky Mountain vacation.
Take a Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park than to actually get out in it. In the Smoky Mountains there are approximately 80 marked trails for you to enjoy. These trails range in difficulty from novice to advanced; this means that there is one for you. Here are a few favorites for the fall season:
Rainbow Falls (5.4 miles round trip, moderate difficulty)
Mt. Leconte (14.4 miles round trip, advanced difficulty)
Gregory’s Bald (11.3 miles round trip, advanced difficulty)
Abrams Falls (5 miles round trip, moderate difficulty)
Alum Cave (4.4 miles round trip, moderate difficulty)
Rich Mountain Loop (8.5 miles round trip, advanced difficulty)
For more information on hiking trails in the Smokies visit the National Park Service website by following this link: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
Take a Drive Through the National Park
This one might sound simplistic, but one of the best ways to take in the beauty of fall in the Smoky Mountains is to drive up and explore one of the motor trails. Two of the most popular motor trails amongst both visitors and locals are The Roaring Fork Motor Trail and the Cades Cove Loop.
The Roaring Fork Motor Trail is a 6-mile motor loop that takes motorists on a scenic loop through the Smokies. Located off the main strip in downtown Gatlinburg it is centrally located and easily accessible.
The Cades Cove Loop offers a different experience than The Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Cades Cove Loop takes motorists on a scenic drive through a beautiful valley that is surrounded by trees undergoing the fall change of colors. Cades Cove also has ample opportunities for guests to see wildlife in a natural setting. History buffs will especially enjoy Cades Cove as varying structures from the 1800s have been restored and are still in their original locations.
It’s time for you to go ahead and make plans now to visit the area to truly experience fall in the Smoky Mountains. We promise you’ll be glad you did. So, take a look at all of the cabins in Gatlinburg offered by Stony Brook Cabins. We will help you choose the most affordable cabin that meets all of your needs.