Gatlinburg scenic overloop at sunset during fall
August 5, 2023

‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice everything, leaves changing color, and a crispness in the air. It’s fall in Gatlinburg! When you stay with Parkside Cabin Rentals, you will have the best time celebrating the fall season. If you want to hit the town to take in the beautiful fall foliage, we’ve got your list of the top things to do! Here are 4 of the best attractions in Gatlinburg to visit during fall:

1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

For some of the most incredible views, head to the Gatlinburg Space Needle ! This 407-foot-tall observation tower offers 360-degree views of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. You will ride in a glass elevator to the top, where you will be met with a breathtaking sight. Once you take in the scenery, ride the elevator back down to have some fun in Arcadia, a 25,000 square foot amusement center with more than 100 of the hottest games.

2. Anakeesta


To experience the true magic of the mountains, visit Anakeesta ! The fall temperatures create the perfect weather to spend time outside, and Anakeesta offers the perfect outdoor experience. This adventure park is unlike any other and has plenty of family-friendly adventures! Your adventure begins with a scenic Chondola ride to the summit of Anakeesta mountain. Along the ride, you will be surrounded by stunning scenery. Once you reach Anakeesta, you can enjoy fall by going ziplining, completing the Tree Canopy Walk, riding a one-of-a-kind mountain coaster, climbing to the top of the AnaVista Tower, and so much more.

3. Ober Mountain

Ober Mountain is definitely one of the best attractions in Gatlinburg to visit during the fall. With plenty of picture-perfect scenes and plenty of fun, there is no denying you will have a great time. Get one of the best views in town as you ride the Aerial Tramway to the park, then enjoy a variety of activities, from the Ski Mountain Coaster, to the Alpine Slide, to mini golf! If you’re hoping to see some wildlife on your vacation, you’re in luck. The Wildlife Encounter gives visitors the opportunity to see black bears, river otters, bobcats, and more. If you visit during October, you can celebrate its Smoky Mountain Fall Festival, where you can enjoy German-inspired cuisine and pumpkin-flavored treats, hay activities, and live music!

4. Gatlinburg SkyPark

Gatlinburg during the fall

The Gatlinburg SkyPark offers incredible views of the fall foliage from as high as 1,800 feet. Take a smooth ride to the top of Crockett Mountain and a relaxing ride back down. There will be spectacular views of the lush forests decorated in yellows, oranges, and reds. Once you're at the top, you'll have 360-degree views of the foliage. Walk across the SkyBridge, take a stroll along the SkyTrail, or relax on the SkyDeck. The area is surrounded on 3 sides by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so you’re guaranteed to see beautiful scenery everywhere you look. It’s one of the best ways to see the Smokies in the fall!

Now that you know the best Gatlinburg attractions to visit in the fall, it’s time to plan your trip! Browse all of our Gatlinburg cabins and reserve the perfect one for your stay.

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