KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – The air is starting to cool and the leaves are starting to change. Fall is here, and for those of you looking for something fun to do, we’ve put together a list of six things to do in the Smoky Mountains to help you enjoy all that fall has to offer. to offer.
Auto tourism is a great way to take advantage of the change of seasons. One of the most popular places in the smokies is Cades Coves, but for those who wish to avoid the crowns, Foothills Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Rich Mountian Road also provide wonderful options for viewing the park. All of these routes offer beautiful mountain views and plenty of places to enjoy the scenery, hike or learn a bit of history. Also note for Rich Mountian Road, it is closed from November to May.
Visit an Applehouse
Throughout the Smoky Mountian area there are a number of apple and apple orchards. To find apples near you, Pick Tennessee Products has created a list of apple orchards and apple farms located throughout the state, here are some of the apple farms located in our area:
- The apple barn and the cider house
- 230 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN 37862
- Buffalo Trail Orchard
- Beech farm
- Zavels family farms
To learn more, visit Pick Tennessee Products, https://www.picktnproducts.org/content/picktn/listview/apples.html.
Rocky Summit Wine Route
There are a number of local wineries in the Smoky Mountains, for those looking to try a range of wineries the Rocky Top Wine Trail may be the choice for you. The trail includes five wineries and offers 75 unique wines. The trail is free, just visit one of the five wineries to collect a passport. Each location will stamp the passport and after three stamps you will receive a free souvenir glass of wine, and if you complete the course you will receive another free gift.
Visit a waterfall
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a wide range of waterfalls that visitors can find while hiking. Some of the most popular include Grotto, Laurel, Abrams, and Rainbow Falls, but the National Park Service says waterfalls and smaller falls can be found on almost every river in the park. The changing of the leaves provides a beautiful framing of the falls and the weather is very pleasant for the hike. To learn more about the waterfalls, visit nps.gov/waterfalls.html
Visit the Clingman Dome
Clingman’s Dome is the highest point in Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the highest point in Tennessee according to the National Park Service. The observation tower at the top offers a 360 degree view of the Smokies. During the fall, this allows viewers to seize the luck of the seasons for over 100 miles on a clear day.
Ride a horse
Guided horseback rides are offered in the Smoky Mountains. Horseback riding offers a different view of the mountains and allows riders to experience the mountains off the beaten track.