Gatlinburg, TN – One of our favorite seasons is right around the corner and here at Elk Springs Resort Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals, we are getting pretty darn excited. While the summer this year was absolutely beautiful, we have been looking forward to cooler weather and, more importantly, the changes that only autumn brings to the Great Smoky Mountains. If you have never been to Gatlinburg during the fall before, make this the year that you witness the change in colors across the mountains. From the porch of your very own luxury cabin rentals, you can look out across the mountains to witness an event that will change how you feel about the fall season.
Although the kids have been in school just a few weeks, you may already be getting antsy for a short vacation away. Rather than keep them at home, treat your family to a trip to Gatlinburg this year. From around September 14 to November 15, you can watch the trees transform into a rainbow of colors that will take your breath away. An array of reds, purples, oranges and magentas will transform the Great Smoky Mountains, a sight so beautiful that you will absolutely need to bring your camera along – and a painting kit, if you are so inspired! Consider staying in one of our luxury Gatlinburg cabins ranging from 1 to 6 bedrooms!
While the view from your luxury cabin is to die for, you will not want to miss out on a day spent hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Boasting 100 species of trees, not to mention flowers and wildlife, the park provides ample hiking trails that lead up to some of the most awe-inspiring sights in the Smokies. The fall season shows its most beautiful colors between mid-October to early November. At this point in the season, the yellow buckeye and American beech trees will have turned to golden hues, while the black cherry and mountain ash trees boast rich red colors.
Depending on your hiking ability and the age/size of your group, there are certain trails that the GSMNP park rangers recommend during this season. The Chestnut Top Trail is always a favorite during the fall season, while the Blue Ridge Parkway and Sutton Ridge Overlook are always certain to provide incredible views of Gatlinburg and beyond. If you do not feel like hiking or have a larger group, a drive through the mountains can be just an rewarding. There are plenty of stop-off points in the mountains where you can park your car, have a picnic lunch and take pictures of the mountainside. We recommend Parson Branch Road, a motorway that was just renovated and provides incredible vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Of course, you don’t need to go hiking to get an amazing view of the mountains as they prepare for the winter. We recommend grabbing your favorite food for a BBQ, firing up the gas grill provided with each luxury cabin rental and preparing a feast to be enjoyed by your family. While someone mans the grill, the others can relax on rocking chairs while chatting about the upcoming winter holidays. As it starts to get cooler at night, bring out some blankets and hot chocolate to enjoy stargazing in the clear mountain skies.