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As fall progresses, you will see a change in leaves starting at the highest elevation, and slowly working down the mountain. The yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and the pin cherry have already begun displaying a change in colors. Soon, fall colors will be appearing around the 4,000 feet marker. The most spectacular displays are between mid-October and early November when all of the trees have started to change. Some of the best drives are along Clingmans Dome Road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Foothills Parkway. These drives are spectacular, because the Park is full of a variety of trees. October can be a busy month in the park, so make your reservations early so you and your family do not miss the beautiful Smoky Mountain Park this fall.

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Ride the incline up 300 feet in a 2-seater cart to the top of the mountain for some Hillbilly Golf. Then work your way back down the mountain one of the two 18-hole courses tucked away in the Smokies. This is a great way to spend the evening after dining out in Gatlinburg. It is so unusual and quaint that it is one attraction you won’t forget when you return home from your fall vacation in Gatlinburg. 

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If you’re planning on spending an exciting day in the Smoky Mountains, you need the Scavenger Hike Adventures and Mountain Journal. The Journal gives your clues on 14 easy, moderate, and extreme hikes to find over 200 hidden treasures within the park. There are hikes for the entire family, even some stroller accessible trails. For the extreme hikers, there is a 10-mile challenge hike. Click here to order your own Smoky Mountain Scavenger Hike Adventure and Mountain Journal for your fall vacation. 

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Fall Craftsmen’s Fair

Every year, several craftsmen from all over migrate to the Gatlinburg convention center to display his or her skills during the Fall Craftsmen’s Fair from October 8th thru the 25th. This year is the 34th year Gatlinburg has hosted the fair and they promise not to disappoint. Several unique and talented craftsman, like potter David Howard and stained glass craftsman Charles Adams, will be attending the fair this year. Along with craftsmen, the fair also provides visitors with live music. Dennis Lee and Band will be at the fair from October 8th to 16th and Keith Longbotham and Band will be at the fair from October 17th to the 25th. For more information, visit their website.

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Getting married is one of the biggest decisions you make in your life, and the Smoky Mountains in the fall is a beautiful backdrop to your special day. Here is a list of wedding services in the area. For a complete list of wedding venues and supplies, click here.
1. Romance in the Smokies is a great place to purchase romantic gift packages or sign up for a spa and massage service.
2. “I Do” Weddings in the Smokies is a great place to call if you want a small, intimate wedding in the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, or Gatlinburg. You can choose how formal or informal your service will be, and will definitely be an experience you want to share with your loved ones.
3. Klassy Snacks of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge delivers to your cabin. Choose from fruit baskets, balloon bouquets, a bed of roses, dinner for 2, breakfast in bed, and other romantic goodies for you and your significant other that will be delivered right to your honeymoon cabin.

The Smokies are so beautiful in the fall, and everything you need is right here available for you. Make Gatlinburg your wedding destination!

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Here is a list of suggested hikes through the Smoky Mountain National Park that are great for seeing all the fall colors and for some great photographs!
1. Appalachian Trail: Park in the large parking area at Newfound Gap, and look for the trail signs. Follow the Appalachian Trail to Indian Gap (around Clingmans Dome Road). The trail is approx. 3.4 miles roundtrip.
2. Inspiration Point on Alum Cave Trail: Park at Alum Cave Trail parking area about 10.5 miles south of Gatlinburg on Newfound Gap Road. The hike is 3.6 miles roundtrip, and is through the old-growth forest and has wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.
3. Look Rock Tower: From Townsend, TN take US-321 to the Foothills Parkway and follow this scenic road to the Look Rock tower parking area. The 1 mile roundtrip hike is ranked as a moderate hike, but the views from the tower are spectacular!
4. Sutton Ridge Overlook: Park in the designated hiker parking area just before the entrance to Cosby Campground. Follow the self-guided nature trail pas the amphitheater to the beginning of the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail to Sutton Ridge. It is about 1.4 miles to the spur trai,l which leads to the overlook.

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Best Hiking Trails

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Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the Smokies in all its glory. There are a variety of trails throughout the park, whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll or a backpacking trip over several days. Alum Cave Bluff, Chimney Tops, Ramsay Cascades and Mount LeConte are all difficult trails. Rainbow Falls, Little Cataloochee Trail, The Boogerman Trail Loop, Copper Road, and Andrews Bald are all moderately hard trails. If you looking for an easy trail, check out Clingmans Dome, Abrams Falls, Look Rock, Cucumber Gap, Sugarlands Visitor Center Nature Trail, and Laurel Falls.

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