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7 of the Best Fall Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

horseback riding fall things to do smoky mountains tennesseeCombine the bracing cool of fall days with the picture-perfect backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, and what do you get? A literal feast for the senses and endless fun for all. Whether you like to take it leisurely and low-key, or like to have a little adrenaline rush with your activities, you’re sure to find it here. Here are some of the perennial favorites for fall things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

Here’s 7 of the best fall things to do in the Smoky Mountains


Visiting an apple orchard and market

Do you love apples? Then Carver’s Applehouse is your perfect spot. Come here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you’ll get a basket of apple fritters with apple fritters, plus homemade cider. After your meal, browse around their store for jams and preserves as well as distinctly Appalachian items like lye soap, apple candies and fried apple pies.

A Zipline Adventure

For adventurous types, the Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park offers the Goliath – the highest zip line in the Smokies. Here you’ll soar an almost heart-stopping 500 feet above Dunn’s Creek and the Foxfire Valley. There’s also the seven-line Scenic Canopy Tour that only takes you about half the height of the Goliath but will still provide plenty of thrills. Here’s more info on flying through the trees with a zipline.

Horseback Riding

Cades Cove in the National Park is a great place to experience the gentle pace of horse riding, but several other places nearby are equally enjoyable. Check out Smokemont, Smoky Mountain Riding Stables and Sugarlands for rides that will take you more into the rugged terrain of the Smokies.


While the Cades Cove loop road is closed to bike-only traffic until May, try some of the Park’s other routes where cycling is allowed, namely the Gatlinburg Trail, the Oconaluftee River Trail and the lower Deep Creek Trail. If you prefer road biking, your best bets are the Greenbriar and Tremont areas in Tennessee and Lakeview Drive and Cataloochee Valley in North Carolina.


Anglers will enjoy the nearly endless possibilities of fishing for trout and smallmouth bass year round in the National Park. That’s because the streams and rivers stay at or near capacity, allowing for an adequate supply of fish the come through. Be sure that you have a valid fishing license before you cast your line in the water.

Waterfall Viewing

Before the winter snows arrive, you may want to see the Park’s many waterfalls, both large and small, in their mighty glory before they transform into veils of ice. The popular Rainbow, Abrams, Grotto and Laurel falls are certainly at the top of every visitor’s list, but look for some lesser known cascades on an invigorating hike on the trails.

Wine Tasting

Fall means harvest time, which is also a time for tasting the latest varietals. In Bybee, Goodwater Vineyards creates three – Seyval Blanc Estate Reserve, Noble Muscadine and White Muscadine – that is completely locally sourced, from the grapes to the winemaking. There’s also the Rocky Top Wine Trail, if you’d like to try different wineries in a relatively short trip.


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