Cabins USA Gatlinburg Logo
Loading Page
RESERVATIONS
(800) 584-9872
Cabins USA Gatlinburg Availability Search Icon Availability Search Small Icon


Discover the Best Time to See Smoky Mountain Fall Colors in Gatlinburg

Blog Home : Category Posts : Discover the Best Time to See Smoky Mountain Fall Colors in Gatlinburg

With the fall season coming to the Smoky Mountains, a whole new experience awaits its visitors. Within the Great Smoky Mountains sits many different species of trees that all change colors at different rates, which is why we're taking a look at the best time to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Just by visiting Gatlinburg in the fall, you'll experience the season's lovely colors, but do you know where to go to see the best views? More importantly, when in fall should you go to see fall colors? To answer these questions and more, we need to look at the rules that govern the Great Smoky Mountains fall colors.

Some Tips to Remember

Higher elevations will see color changes first before the changes make it to ground level in the Smokies. The first trees to look out for are the American Beech, Hobblebush, Pin Cherry, Yellow Birch, and Mountain Maple. As a rule, the trees begin to lose their leaves and color in late October to mid-November, so it's critical you plan accordingly.

In October, you can expect large crowds and traffic delays as everyone rushes to Gatlinburg and the surrounding area to see the leaves change. However, with this guide we've put together, you can plan as much as possible and ensure you don't miss one moment of true Autumn beauty.

Mid to Late September

If you're willing to drive up to higher elevations, you can get a look at the beginning of the fall season without needing to compete with everyone else for a spot. One of the best sites to hit during this time of year is Clingman's Dome.

Clingmans Dome

This spot boasts the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning it's your best chance to see the first round of fall colors this year. At 6,643 feet, you'll be surrounded by the fall colors while enjoying a spectacular panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains landscape. Keep in mind that such a high elevation makes it mandatory to layer up as it gets quite cold up there.

Beginning of October

At the very beginning of October, the fall colors will peak in the Smoky Mountains' highest elevation points. During this time, you'll enjoy a veritable sea of reds, yellows, and oranges as far as the eye can see. Some popular spots to experience this view are:

Newfound Gap Road

With an elevation of nearly a mile high, this will be one of the first spots after Clingmans Dome to show off its fall colors. As you travel the road, look for places to stop so you can get plenty of pictures. We recommend hitting this road earlier in the day to avoid peak traffic times.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

Located in downtown Gatlinburg, this is by far the tallest attraction and is excellent for helping visitors take in the beauty of the Smoky Mountain fall colors while keeping them close to everything there is to do in Gatlinburg. Once you've taken in the view, you're already where you need to be to keep having fun.

Early to Mid-October

After the higher elevations have had their head start, the rest of the area begins to peak. Starting in the second week of October, you'll see leaves that have completed their transition and reflecting the rays of the sun's light. This event is known as the season's glowing point, as it seems like the leaves come alive during this period. You can maximize your experience by checking out these vantage points:

Cades Cove

A popular destination in the Gatlinburg all year long, the Autumn season is no exception. While exploring Cades Cove, look for different vantage points to capture the true beauty of the fall colors that have spread throughout the area.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

While Cades Cove is famous for a good reason, it's also highly visited. If crowds aren't your thing, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail provides an excellent alternative. Whether you walk the self-guided nature walk or drive the narrow road, you're bound to feel amazed by the beauty that surrounds you this time of year.

Blue Ridge Parkway

This highway stretch may not occur to most as a viable way to catch the changing colors, but with the sheer number of sugar maples dotting the way, this is one road trip you'll want to take. Make sure to hit the Graveyard Fields Loop or Max Patch for some truly incredible views. This option is best done as a day-long road trip to optimize your chances of seeing everything you want to see.

Plan Out Your Stay in the Smokies

Nothing ruins a trip to the Smokies to see the fall colors more than having to rush. Fortunately, with a stay in one of our Gatlinburg cabins, you can remain close to everything in the area as you plan out your day.

When not exploring the Smokies, you'll love staying in one of our cabin rentals that offer everything you could want from our game room cabins to our family-sized cabin rentals for a memorable family reunion.

There's a brief window to enjoy the best time to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains this year. Book your Gatlinburg cabin rental today! Act now and save 15% on your nightly rate throughout your stay!

Recent Articles

Top Five Haunted Attractions In Gatlinburg

Top Five Haunted Attractions in Gatlinburg

Enjoy a frighteningly fun vacation to the Smokies with one of the top five haunted attractions in Gatlinburg!
Top 7 Fun Things To Do In Gatlinburg Before Summer Ends

Top 7 Fun Things to do in Gatlinburg Before Summer Ends

Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn't mean it has to end without a bang. Explore the top 7 fun things to do in Gatlinburg before summer ends for another year.
Top 4 Whiskey And Moonshine Tours And Tastings In Gatlinburg

Top 4 Whiskey and Moonshine Tours and Tastings in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg has a lot of fun things to do for adults. Explore the top 4 Whiskey and Moonshine Tours and Tastings in Gatlinburg for your next vacation to the Smoky Mountains!

Categories

Blogger Bear's Adventures In The Smoky Mountains

Blogger Bear's Smoky Mountain Adventures

Meet our new guest blogger! This blogging bear loves sharing the Smoky Mountains with everyone. He knows his home well - read more...
Hiking Blog In The Great Smoky Mountains

Hiking in the Smokies Blog

Planning adventures in the great outdoors? Our hiking blog has tips and tricks for vacationers in Gatlinburg who want - read more...
Seasonal Events And Celebrations In Gatlinburg, Tn

Seasons in Gatlinburg

Any time of year is a great time to visit Gatlinburg and the Smokies! Explore these articles to learn more about fun e - read more...
Gatlinburg Vacation Tips

Vacation Tips

Make the most of your vacation in the Smoky Mountains with our tips and tricks! - read more...

Please Note: Cabins USA Gatlinburg's area information, area events, and blog pages are provided as a public service. Cabins USA Gatlinburg does not endorse any of the products, vendors, consultants, or businesses referenced in these web pages. Any mention of vendors, products, businesses, or services on the Cabins USA Gatlinburg web site is for informational purposes only. Users of this web site are responsible for checking the accuracy, completeness, currency and/or suitability of all information. The inclusion of this information does not imply endorsement by Cabins USA Gatlinburg. Furthermore, specific questions regarding any content should be directed to the appropriate organization and not necessarily to Cabins USA Gatlinburg.

Cabins USA Gatlinburg Official Logo
star star star star star
849 Glades Rd., Unit 1A1
Gatlinburg, TN  37738
(865) 436-5031

VLS #157
Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals
Guest Reservations
(800) 584-9872
2 Night Minimum





























































Cabins USA Gatlinburg Help Icon
Guest Sign In
Copyright 2013-2020, Cabins USA Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg, TN

Want to receive up to date information on cabin specials and events in the Smokies? Sign up for our newsletter! Simply provide a contact name and email so that we can reach you. Cabins USA Gatlinburg respects our guest's privacy and never shares this information with third-party sites. We treat any information that you share as confidential.

For each of the fields, please provide the following information:

There are several boxes that can be checked to broaden or narrow your search. Once you select your desired amenities or locations, simply click "search" to filter out available properties for your desired date. Once search results are provided, you can sort your results by bedrooms, name, rate, and rating.

After your first search, it isn't necessary to click the "search" button again as this feature will automatically filter your results for any new search features you provide, unless you change the date, the number of nights, or go to a new webpage.

It isn't necessary that you wait for a search to be completed before you select or deselect different search features.

When browsing results, you can add them to your "favorites" by clicking the red plus mark on the bottom left of your desired property. You can view your selected properties by click the "favorites" tab at the top of the search bar.

Add/Remove Favorites
When using our "search" feature, you can make a list of favorites. After doing an availability search for your desired vacation date, our site will produce a list of available cabins. Simply click the "+" sign on the lower left side of the property you are interested in.

Doing this will add the rental to your favorites list. You will notice that the "+" has now changed to a "-". You can click this minus sign to "unselect" this property from your favorites list.

You can also remove a property from your favorites list by clicking the minus sign to the right of the property name under the favorites tab. Additionally, you clear your favorites list by clicking "remove all" on the favorites bar. After doing this, you will have to perform a new availability search.
The number next to the favorites tab is the number of properties you have selected.

View List
To see all of your favorite rentals on one page, simply click "view list"

Compare Favorites
Under the favorites tab on the search bar, you can view your selected favorites. By checking the box next to your selected rentals, you can compare up to three properties.
Simply select the 2 – 3 properties you wish to compare, then click "compare" to see these rentals side-by-side.
Once you find your perfect rental for the right date, simply click "book now" to begin the booking process.