If you ask me, fall is the most beautiful season in Gatlinburg, TN. Why? The lingering warmth of summer is perfect for long hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while the cooler nights are perfect for snuggling up with blankets on the porch of your luxury cabin rental. Fall also brings two of my favorite festivals in Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival and the Autumn Colors in the Smokies celebration. Sound interesting? Keep reading to learn more about some of our most exciting events this fall in Gatlinburg, TN:
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival: Every year the good folks of Gatlinburg get as excited about fall as I do and it sure shows. Shopkeepers, restaurants and other venues start to decorate their storefronts with all of the classic staples of fall: colorful leaves, pumpkins, freshly picked apples and so much more. This year the Harvest Festival will run from September 13, 2012 to October 31, 2012. During this time you will be able to go apple picking, visit haunted houses and, most importantly, watch the leaves transform the Great Smoky Mountains into a gorgeous palette of reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and browns. Want to bring back some souvenirs that remind you of autumn in Gatlinburg? Visit the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community to discover handmade treasures made by local artisans like quilts, soaps, pottery, oil paintings and fresh apple cider.
Autumn Colors in the Smokies: More of a celebration than a festival, the people of Gatlinburg are well-versed in the changing of the leaves during fall. Rather than stop a local on the street to learn more, we have summarized the transition of the leaves in the Great Smoky Mountains. The leaves begin to change colors towards the end of September. Thanks to dropping temperatures, still-sunny days and some rain, the leaves begin their color transformation. Trees at the highest elevations will start to change first during this time. Those trees below the 4,000 feet elevation mark will remain green well into October; by the middle of the month, trees at the lower elevations will take their turn to join in the rainbow display.
By the end of October, the entire mountainside will show a vivid range of autumnal colors. From late October to early November, the streets of Gatlinburg will become more crowded as thousands of people from both near and far will travel to witness the display. While you will be able to see this change from your very own luxury cabin rental, you may want to think about heading to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get a variety of views. Not sure which paths to hike? Try the Chestnut Top Trail, Kanati Fork, Rich Mountain Loop and the Sutton Ridge Overlook. To get the latest updates on fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains this year, stay tuned to our blog!
So how will you spend your fall vacation at the Elk Springs Resort? We recommend bringing along a camera to capture the unbelievable vistas that can be seen only from the balcony of your luxury cabin rental. Feel free to send us your favorite pictures to share with other guests and future travelers on our Facebook page.