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Autumn is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway or week-long stay with family, friends, or just with your significant other. Leave the hustle and bustle of summer behind, and enjoy a less crowded trip to the mountains for some much-needed R&R. There are plenty of things to do and see during this time of year! Take a look at these 4 reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall:

1. Stunning Views

One of the main reasons people love visiting the Smokies during the autumn months is the stunning fall foliage. Mid to late October is considered peak season for the bright colors; however, you can expect to see the changing leaves from mid-September to November. Fall enhances the natural beauty of the mountains and takes your trip to a whole new level. We suggest taking a scenic drive along Newfound Gap Road or Cades Cove to take in all of the incredible scenery– and don’t forget to stop at the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook for some of the best views of Gatlinburg you’ve ever seen! There are also many fall hikes to try, whether you want to experience a waterfall or forest walk or admire the treetops and mountain views from Clingmans Dome or Andrews Bald. 

the great smoky mountains in the fall2. Beautiful Weather 

Another great thing about fall is the milder temperatures. While it can still be quite warm in the lower elevations, the higher you go, the cooler you’ll feel when hiking. Have you ever wanted to do a longer, more difficult hike but didn’t want to deal with the summer heat? Then take the opportunity in the fall when it’s a little cooler; plus, you’ll be able to take lots of pictures of the fall foliage that will be on display!

3. Seasonal Events & Activities

The Smoky Mountain area has so many fun fall festivals and activities, so there’s no shortage of places to go! Oktoberfest is held in Gatlinburg every year, and Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is another popular event in the fall. If you’re more interested in spooky season, Ripley’s Aquarium hosts Fright Nights, and the Mysterious Mansion reveals extra terrifying experiences during the month of October. Something you can participate in all year round is a Ghost and Haunt Tour of Gatlinburg…if you dare! Learn more about Smoky Mountain history on this walking tour while the local guides tell dark tales of secrets and ghosts lurking in the shadow of Gatlinburg. 

4. Our Unique Fine Dining Experience 

a table of food at the greenbrier restaurant in gatlinburg TNA visit to the Smoky Mountains in the fall isn’t complete without a delicious dinner at The Greenbrier Restaurant! Our location is off the beaten path, so your view of the stunning fall leaves will be unobstructed. Our cozy lodge atmosphere and unique chef-driven menu make for a lovely spot for a romantic dinner for 2 or an intimate meal with friends or family. Choose from high-quality cuts of meat like bone-in ribeye, filet, or rack of lamb and several seafood options such as salmon, sea bass, and pan-seared scallops. Besides our food menu, our restaurant in Gatlinburg offers one of the best drink menus with an extensive wine list, bourbon, whiskey, and rye selection, and many handcrafted cocktails made with high-quality ingredients. 

We hope you’re convinced to visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall and stop in for a delicious meal with us! Learn more about things you’ll love at our restaurant in Gatlinburg TN. We can’t wait to welcome you very soon!

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