October Means Apples, Ghosts and Colorful Leaves in Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg Ghosts

Gatlinburg Ghosts

There is nothing quite like snuggling up to a roaring fire in your luxury cabin after a long day exploring Gatlinburg. That is why our rentals are perfect for all of your trips to the Great Smoky Mountains this fall and winter. If you will be staying with us during the month of October, you are in for a variety of special treats. Whether you are coming from a busy city or a small town, you can appreciate how unique the changing of seasons can be in our neck of the woods. During the month of October you can spend all day exploring the town and the Great Smoky Mountains, or staying inside your warm cabin; all of which will leave you feeling refreshed.

The Best October Activities in Gatlinburg


If you do feel like wandering outside of your home away from home, there are a few places that we recommend visiting this month. While most of these places are a short drive from Elk Spring Resort, they are well worth checking out either during your stay. One such place is Carver’s Orchard, located in Cosby. Just 30 minutes from your front door, you will find anything and everything related to apples here. In addition to being a working orchard, it offers a farmer’s market and a restaurant which is said to serve the best fried apple pies in Tennessee.

Although it is a longer drive, the Stickley Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience that your family will never forget. It boasts one of the largest corn mazes in the country, with other ten acres of maze available to the public. Each year the folks at Stickley Farm present a new design for their maze; you can visit their website to see an aerial view of this year’s maze commemorating 9/11. You can also download a map of the maze from their website, as well as get other important information like hours of operation and ticket prices. If you want a good fright, come at night for the Haunted Farm events. Starting September 21, see who screams first while wandering the mazes at night!

Of course, there is plenty to see and do near your cabin as well. If you want to get the most out of your time in the Great Smoky Mountains, sign up for an expedition led by a certified tour guide. The University of Tennessee sponsors the Smoky Mountain Field School, a non-credit branch that holds a variety of guided walks and tours through the Great Smoky Mountains. Each tour lasts for several hours and ranges from $49 to $149 per person. There are several tours and hikes scheduled for October this year, including “A Day With A Naturalist,” “Butterflies and Flutterbies” and “Fall Nature Photography.” Sign up for your course now before it is booked! October is one of the best times to see the leaves changing in the Great Smoky Mountains, so these tours are likely to fill up fast.

Have any questions about your stay in Gatlinburg this fall? Don’t hesitate to contact us via email, snail mail, cell phone or by Facebook. We look forward to your stay with us at Elk Springs Resort.