Oct. 12, 2018
Fall In The Smoky Mountains
There is so much going on Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smoky Mountains in the fall that I honestly don’t know where to start telling you about them. So, I’ll just pick a few from each city so that you can make the decision where to go and what to do after looking at all the Smoky Mountain real estate for sale.
I do have to begin with the Fall color changes in the Smokies. Mid-October thru the end of November is peak time for the color change. It starts at the highest elevations and works its way down the mountainsides. This means you will be able to see the colors for approximately 7 weeks. Most are saying that the peak colors this year will be the last week of October thru the first week of November. There are several easy to moderate hikes thru the forests for those of you that want to walk thru the colors and avoid the vehicle traffic which include Baskins Creek Falls, Old Settlers and Porters Creek Trails. For those of you who are of the hardy brand of hikers there is the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Sterling and the Goshen Prong Trails. Also, there are roads that provide beautiful displays of the fall color such as Newfound Gap Road, Cove Creek Road and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Although Sevierville is not as famous as Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, there are still a lot of things to do and well worth taking the time to visit.
1. There is the Apple Barn Cider Mill and General Store. It’s a very popular dining and shopping area. It sits beside a 4000+ apple tree orchard. The Apple Barn has some of the most delicious desserts such as fried apple pies, apple cinnamon donuts, and old-fashioned apple stack cakes. Besides the Cider Mill and General Store you will find a winery, a Christmas Shop, a creamery, a candy store and a couple of outstanding restaurants. The Apple Barn is a great place to rest and refresh yourself after a morning of looking at Sevierville real estate for sale.
2. You can take a walk around downtown Sevierville to the Sevier County Courthouse and take a selfie with the bronze statue of the one and only Dolly Parton, the Queen of Country Music. It was sculpted in 1987 by a local artist, Jim Gray. Jim Gray spent more than 2,000 hours working on this project. He used a steel skeleton and then about 300 pounds of clay. Once he finished with the sculpting of it, he shipped it from Knoxville, TN to the Wagner Foundry in Fredericksburg, VA. There it was cast in bronze.
3. At the Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo in Sevierville, you can pet and feed some of the animals there such as, deer, kangaroos, camels, wallabies, and zebras. There is also horseback riding with pony rides for your little ones. There are well-maintained trails for you to enjoy the beautiful mountain views. Admission for those 13 and up is $10.95 and children are $5.95. however, you do need to call ahead as prices are subject to change. 478 Happy Hollow Lane, Sevierville, TN.
4. Would you like to walk the same area that was used by the Eastern Woodland Indians hundreds of years ago? You are in luck! There is a place just like that in Sevierville, TN. It’s called Forbidden Caverns. This cave was used by the Indians as a good source of water and a place to stay out of the winter cold so you may see some drawings engraved on the walls of the caverns. From around 1920 until 1943, the cave was used to house homemade moonshine operations. In June of 1967, after 3 years of development, a group of business men opened this natural attraction to the public. There are guided tours of the caverns that last about 55 minutes. You can take photos inside during your tour. Parking is free for cars and buses, there is also a picnic pavilion, a souvenir shop and refreshments. Take a light jacket since it’s always at 58 degrees It’s open Monday – Saturday, April – November opening at 10am to 6pm. The last tour leaves at 5pm. Prices are adults $16. Children 5 -12 are $10 and children under the age of 5 are free. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December, January, February and March. Forbidden Caverns is located at 455 Blowing Cave Rd in Sevierville, TN.
5. Smoky Mountain Knife Works is an interesting blend of old and new one of a kind store that not only has 120+ brands of knives but, also has a wildlife trophy display, Native American relics and a Civil War display. In their relics area, there are several dinosaur bones, an antique non-working ‘pirate’ lock, and many arrowheads. It can take a while to see everything in this 55,000 square foot building. There are three floors stocked with thousands of knives, outdoor tools, martial arts weapons, and kitchen utensils. Approximately 1.2 million people visit the store every year from all over the world. They have clothing, belt buckles, money clips, kitchen accessories, kitchen gadgets, military surplus, firearm accessories, flashlights, lighters, axes and so much more. Located at 2320 Winfield Dunn Pkwy in Sevierville, TN you can call them at 865-453-5871 to get their hours. They are open different hours depending on the season.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Fall in Pigeon Forge is loaded with many events and activities. It will be hard for you to decide what to do first.
1. One of the best ways for you to enjoy Pigeon Forge is to get outside and play. The weather is gorgeous, the changing leaf colors will delight your eyes, and the magnificent mountain views will have you snapping photos all day. You can go fly fishing, you can take ATV tours, you can soar thru the trees on a zip line, or you could go horseback riding.
2. Kyker Farms is a fun fall thing to enjoy. Take the whole family and just see how much fun you can have getting lost in one of the five corn mazes. They also have hayrides, a pumpkin patch, a zip line, a zombie paint ball adventure, corn cob swing and so much more. They have bonfire sites and concessions. All this fun is located 1.7 miles off TN Hwy 66/Winfield Dunn Pkwy. Their phone number is 865-679-4848.
3. As you can tell, fall is a busy time of year in Pigeon Forge. There is the Fall Harvest Festival at Dollywood and you know Dollywood knows how to celebrate autumn in the Smokies. There is live gospel music, thousands of illuminated pumpkins, and incredible fall decorations. There are also Smoky Mountain crafts demonstrations going on. Your children will enjoy getting candy in a non-scary event. There are interactive displays by local vendors who will hand out the candy to all the little super heroes and beautiful princesses. Take a ride to Wears Valley and attend the Fall Fest where you will see craft-making, art displays, live music and entertainers, story telling and some of the best southern food around. While you are there you can look into some of the Wears Valley real estate for sale.
4. Can you imagine October without a few spine-tingling thrills? You don’t have to here in the Smoky Mountains. You might be interested in Ripley’s Haunted Adventure or maybe take a tour of the Mysterious Mansion. You could even enjoy a Gatlinburg Ghost Tour. One of the new scary attractions in Pigeon Forge is OUTBREAK, a zombie adventure at the Hollywood Wax Museum.
5. So many Scenic Smoky Mountain Drives that it will be hard to choose just one. While you are here looking at cabins for sale in Pigeon Forge check out at least a couple of these drives. In the Smoky Mountain National park - On the Roaring Fork Motor Trail you will see historic home and beautiful waterfalls. You can see incredible mountain views on the way to the tallest peak in the Smokies on your way up Clingman’s Dome Road. There is the Cades Cove Loop which can become crowded but, you can see old historic homes and mountain views and maybe a bear. Outside the national park – try the Foothills Parkway - gorgeous drive with views of the mountains, the Dragon – a very interesting ride near Fontana Dam that’s a very popular motorcycle route, and there is the Gatlinburg By-Pass, a short scenic drive with views of Gatlinburg.
6. Over 100 years ago, the Old Forge Distillery was an old historic barn that housed a farm supply store. Now, moonshine made from mountain spring water and fresh-ground grains are turned into original moonshine and flavored moonshines. Some of the flavored moonshine are Chocolate, French Toast, and Coffee. The moonshine is made in small 80 proof batches. The Old Forge Tasting Bar is open daily. There is a gift store that has hand forged knives made by the resident blacksmith. You can also purchase moonshine jugs handmade by Pigeon River Pottery. The Old Forge Distillery is located at 170 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, Tn. As the hours may vary please call 865-774-4126 for the hours of operation.
Gatlinburg is a fun place to visit year-round but, there’s something special in the air when fall arrives. The leaves begin to change colors, the fall festivals begin, and all this happens when you start to feel a slight chill in the air.
1. CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains is a place where you can spend the whole day. There are 9 world-class ziplines that allow you to soar thru the trees with breathtaking views. What an incredible adventure at CLIMB Works!! There are 9 ziplines with 3 sky bridges with a surprise a ending. You can ride the mountaintop zipline and have a higher vantage point while you ride side by side with family or friends. The mountain biking supplies all you will need to go for a ride – the bike, the trail and the experience.
2. According to the ‘experts’, the fall colors should peak toward to the end of October and continue for a bit into November. Sounds like the best time to get the most out of your scenic drives through the Smokies is right around Halloween!! You can keep an eye on the progress of the leaf change by tuning in to one of the Smoky Mountain webcams. Here’s one for you.
3. As beautiful as the fall foliage is, there are other things you can do in the fall here in Gatlinburg. Halloween is a big event here. There is the annual Trick or Treat Kick Off Karnival on October 31 from 1 - 5 pm. Head on over in your costume with your family to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza for a fun filled afternoon with costumed characters, candy and contests. It’s one of the most popular things to do in Gatlinburg in October.
4. There is an evening hayride in Cades Cove during the fall season. The national park rangers guide these tours so you know you’ll learn a lot of interesting things about the Smoky Mountains. Tickets are $14 per person. The rides are every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 on a first come, first served basis so, I’m sure arriving early is a good idea. If you have other things to do in the late afternoon, you can go to Cades Cove Riding stables where they have other hayrides daily. These aren’t led by a park ranger but, they do offer the chance to see the beauty of Cades Cove in the fall.
5. From September 21 to October 28, the fall season is celebrated in Gatlinburg with fun, German food, and music. OBER GATLINBURG celebrates October Fest with entertainment, outdoor games and authentic German food. You can not only enjoy German food at Oktoberfest in Gatlinburg like German Bratwurst, Schnitzel, and Strudel, there is the Bavarian Funmakers Oompah Band that performs daily during Oktoberfest at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant. Most of their performances are at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm during the week plus 7pm on the weekends.
6. You can attend the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. The event I held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You will see many talented artisans and craftsmen from all over the country. Some of the crafts highlighted at this event are pottery, painting, metal works and glass blowing. There are also country and bluegrass concerts from the Dennis Lee Band.
7. If you’re of a mind for a creepy and spooky memorable evening, you can attend Ripley’s Fright Nights that go on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during October. The shows begin at 6pm with a parade of characters at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg. It’s located at 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN.
This is an unincorporated community in Sevier County, Tennessee. It’s located in a valley known as Wear Cove and runs parallel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are many new businesses about to open in Wears Valley. Some of them are Cades Cove Corner, Mountain Brothers General Store and Laporte Archery. At the corner of Lyon Springs Road there will be an antique shop and the much awaited Cades Cove Distillery.
One of the most fun things to do in Wears Valley is the Fall Fest October 19-21. There are three full days of fun things to do with your family – pumpkins, entertainment, crafts, and incredible southern food. There is pumpkin carving, running thru an obstacle course, jumping in inflatables, and a lot of other crafts. The stage will be filled throughout the weekend with southern gospel music, country, Elvis and folk music. There are many artisans showing their traditional and some newer crafts. The food! Oh, the food! Steak on a stick, grilled corn on the cob, Greek and Italian foods, and of course BBQ. To round out your meal there are gourmet caramel and candy apples.
These are but a few of the fun and exciting things that go on in the Smoky Mountains during the fall. After you are done looking at real estate for sale in the Smokies, Search Here for All Real Estate drive on into any of these cities to check on the autumn events for you to enjoy.