When Do Leaves Change in Gatlinburg?
Smoky Mountain Leaf Forecast
Are leaves changing in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?
While it's impossible to predict every time,
(You know - like the weather?)
the leaf changes are not always on an exact schedule.
But my formula is October - October - November!
That is...Your best bets are the last 2 weeks of October
and the first week of November.
1.) Leaf colors change at the highest points first, so you will see the first changes at the mountaintops and highest peaks about mid-September.
2.) As the last part of September rolls in, the tip tops of the mountains will reach their peak color, but hold on! Mid to late October holds your best chance to see the best color all over!
3.) During early October, it gets exciting, because the leaves will begin their change further down into lower areas of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg.
4.) As mid October arrives, Gatlinburg will start to become the wonderland everyone dreams of in Autumn. Middle October until the end of October, and the first 1-2 weeks of November will hold the best colors of all!
My Personal Suggestion:
No matter what year it is, I'd suggest booking the 3rd or 4th week in October OR the first week of November on any given year for the best chance to see the best fall colors.
Don't forget to book a cabin with an epic Fall view because this is usually the most popular time of the year in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.
If you can't be here, you will LOVE these live webcams in the Smoky Mountains I have put together in one of my most popular videos, "Gatlinburg TN Live Webcams". You can see the Smoky Mountains from anywhere in the world, and I'm always on the lookout for new ones to add!
You can also check out this video of driving up beautiful Bluff Mountain in the Fall that I made a few years ago.
Crazy Cool Cabins with Unique Features
Don't forget a good camera for unforgettable fall trip or vacation photos!
Be sure to keep your lens clean and use your wrist strap so you don't drop it like I did one time and had to have it repaired. (face palm)
But the rest is easy, and here are a few excellent ideas just to get you started, for some of the best places to take Fall photos in the Great Smoky Mountains and around the Gatlinburg area:
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Overlooks
Wears Valley (pretty much anywhere!)
From the top of The Wheel at The Island, Pigeon Forge
Skybridge and SkyTrail in Gatlinburg
The view from the Space Needle, Gatlinburg
The Foothills Parkway
The AnaVista Tower at Anakeesta
Cade's Cove, Townsend
The Old Mill, Pigeon Forge
The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
Gatlinburg Bypass Overlooks
Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Any of the many hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Quiet Walkways labeled in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Note! For those who cannot see colors well or have colorblindness, Ober Gatlinburg has installed special viewfinders that allow the color blind to see colors! It's absolutely amazing! You can find more information here.
For more fun things to do around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Fall,
This photo below was taken on Twin City Way in Pigeon Forge.
Check out this beautiful cabin nearby the one above!