5 Best Places to See Fall Colors in the Smokies

5 best places to see fall colors in the smokies

The time for fall colors in the Smokies is almost here. The rain and cooler weather is sure to bring out some beautiful colors. Now where do you go to get the best views of the fall colors. Keep on reading to find some great viewing spots in the Smokies.

Foothills Parkway

The Foothills Parkway is an easy and beautiful drive. The new expansion just opened last year and let me tell you, the views are phenomenal in the fall. Just drive the 33 miles from Chilhowee to Wears Valley for a fun day. There are even a few places to stop for a short hike if you want to stretch your legs a little. 

Clingman’s Dome

Want a little exercise with your view? Take a short hike up to the tallest mountain in Tennessee. The panoramic views are worth the drive and hike. 


There is so much to see and do in Gatlinburg. Take the ski lift to Ober Gatlinburg for some fantastic views. Or drive the Gatlinburg bypass to get a great fall view of Mount LeConte. Basically anywhere you go in Gatlinburg you will be surrounded by fall colors. 

Cades Cove

It goes without saying that Cades Cove needs to go on this list. Just come equipped with patience for this drive, especially if you go on the weekends. The line to drive through the loop is long and slow, but worth it. But for the love of all that is good and holy, LEAVE THE BEARS ALONE. This is not a petting zoo people! Stay in your car and enjoy the views. *hopping off my soapbox*

Blue Ridge Parkway

Take a drive over to North Carolina and hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is by far one of my favorite drives. With numerous outlooks and hiking trails this is a drive you will want to take your time on. You could even spend a day or 2 exploring the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and spend an evening at the Pisgah Inn

Where is your favorite place to find the fall colors of the Smokies? If I missed a good spot let me know and I’ll add it to my list!

10 thoughts on “5 Best Places to See Fall Colors in the Smokies”

  1. Parent On Board – United States – I am a blogger and mental health professional. I strive to make the parenting journey easier and more enjoyable by using my background in mental health and my experience as a mom of 2.

    Love the places you suggested. I live in Charlotte, so all of these places are driving distance and would make for a great weekend getaway.

  2. Flossie – USA – Mama of two who blogs about this crazy journey called parenthood at http://supermomhacks.com - parenting tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save time, save money, and preserve your sanity, mostly based on things I've had to learn the hard way :)

    I have to confess, I haven’t seen fall foliage in the Smokies before. My favorite place overall, though, is in the Berkshires, where I went to college.

  3. Rikki Ridgeway – Hello world! Just a stay at home mom, trying to survive this motherhood life. I hope you enjoy my journey, and will follow along.

    Gatlinburg is my absolute favorite. I’ve never seen a more beautiful sight than near there. Just breathtaking views to be had there.

  4. MUAKimPorter – New York City makeup artist, beauty and <a href="http://www.beautyandthebumpnyc.com">mom blogger</a> . I'm a Hofstra University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health. Although my background is in health, beauty and makeup artistry is where my heart lies. I immensely enjoy helping myself and others feel beautiful inside and out. I've launched a beauty blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these I hope to reach a wider audience and provide the women with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward. The most important element of my work is to be able to use my creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality. If you have a beauty or makeup related question, contact me. Your question could be featured on the site! I also accept guest post submissions, check the <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/guest-post-submission/">guidelines</a>. ***Brands and PR firms sometime provide press samples of products for review consideration. These brands are not guaranteed a review on Makeup by Kim Porter Blog, nor do we accept payment of any kind for our reviews. For more on our disclosure policies, please see my <a href="http://makeupbykim-porter.com/about/terms/">terms</a> .

    My husband and I have been thinking about taking a scenic drive upstate NY to see the fall foliage. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Tadpoles And Mud Puddles – United States – This boy mamma loves moving and grooving with her son. If you're tired of running and chasing your little one you've come to the right place. We're your one-stop-shop for fun ideas and little-friendly food and activities to wear out your active child. It's time to grab a coffee and read about our adventures. Find a few new ideas for your active little one. Enjoy!

    I’ve never been to the Smokies but I love fall colors. I hope to hit the PA grand canyon this fall. I can’t wait to see it.

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