This is the first year, in a while, that we haven’t made plans to enjoy fall in the Smokies. We typically take advantage of the kids school fall break and make a quick trip, at least, to Sevierville and then on over into Gatlinburg. I love driving through Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, Cosby, etc and seeing all the bright, fall leaves. This year, we have some other life events going on and just haven’t had the time or money to plan a trip. I’m so sad!
If you plan on visiting the area in the fall, here are some must have things to help you enjoy and see all that fall in the Smokies has to offer!
Sevierville’s 2017 Harvest Fest
Events include perennial favorites like:
- Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming (Oct 6-8), a celebration of mountain heritage and art.
- Bruce Street Brewfest (Oct. 14) a beer festival in downtown Sevierville with more than 40 home and professional brewers.
New events including:
- Downtown Sevierville’s Music in Commons concert series taking place each Friday in October and featuring east Tennessee musical artists such as Boogertown Gap (Oct. 6), Ed Snodderly (Oct. 13), Misty River (Oct. 20), and the Johnson City Quartet (Oct. 27).
- Autumn Celebration at Foxfire Mountain Adventures (Oct. 19-22).
Sevierville’s English Mountain Fall Foliage driving tour is back again this year.
Launched in 2016, this popular self-guided driving tour takes visitors along Sevierville’s back roads and highlights historic sites such as the Fair Garden Battleground, the Harrisburg Covered Bridge, and Blowing Cave Mill. Driving tour directions and points of interest can be found at VisitSevierville.com/fall.
Fall-themed attractions also pop up in October. Several corn mazes complete with pumpkin patches, hay rides and activities for the kids can be found in Sevierville. Visit Kyker Farms Corn Maze (Sept. 30-Oct. 29) for a totally corn-fusing and family-friendly experience during the day. Then come back at night for more chilling fun at their frightening attractions The Maze and Zombie Blasterz.
Find even more family-friendly fun at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights (Sept. 29-Oct. 28), an all-new Harvest Festival experience with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns, fun characters, a children’s glow maze and more. I’ve heard great things about this in several groups I’m in. Folks are saying it is a lot of fun and must-do for this fall season!
I hope you all get the chance to experience fall in the Smokies. It is my absolute favorite time of year to go! Hopefully, Clay and the kids and I can sneak away for a weekend this fall!
Also, while you’re there, be sure to head up to Ober, Gatlinburg for Oktoberfest!
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