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4 Fun Outdoor Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in the Fall

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October 23, 2019

When you visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall, you’ll want to soak up the rest of the time you can be outdoors without it being freezing! You’re probably wondering what all you can do outside during this time of year, which is why we have a list of all the fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall for you! Look at these 4 fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall:

1. Ziplining

woman ziplining in the fall

You’ll have a ton of fun if you go ziplining in the fall in the mountains. All the trees will have turned, providing you with a colorful view as you fly through the air. Ziplining is the perfect activity for people who love adventure. Some of the ziplines have mountain views, so you get to have an incredible view while you rush through the trees. CLIMB Works has a mountaintop tour and a treetop tour you can choose from. Want to be able to go ziplining and walk through a tree trek? Zip Gatlinburg has over half a mile of ziplines in the woods and a Tree Trek where you will make your way through 14 obstacles, such as bridges and climbing towers. Everyone will have fun going ziplining!

2. Horseback Riding

A popular thing to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall is to go horseback riding. You’ll love getting to see the beauty of the forest on the back of a horse, just like the pioneers did when they first moved to this area. Get close-up views of the reds, oranges, and yellows in the trees, and you’ll even walk past streams, which are beautiful this time of year. The Cades Cove Riding Stables will take you through the Cades Cove Loop, a popular destination in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Have fun riding over mountain terrain when you visit the Sugarlands Riding Stables.

3. Hiking

Hiking is definitely one of the most popular outdoor things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall. You’ll get great exercise, no matter what trail you decide to hike, not to mention get to enjoy the incredible fall colors up close. There are easy, moderate, and difficult hiking trails throughout the Smokies, so there’s a trail that’s perfect for you! If you want to see a waterfall, try Laurel Falls or Rainbow Falls. Want an incredible view of the mountains? Hike to Andrews Bald or Alum Cave Bluff. You have so many options when it comes to hiking in the Smoky Mountains!

4. Camping

We can’t talk about fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the fall without camping on the list! Fall is the perfect time to go camping since the summer heat is fading away. This time of year is perfect for delicious camping foods, such as chili, soup, and foil pack meals. You’ll enjoy sitting by the campfire while you roast marshmallows for s’mores. At our campground, you have a variety of options for how you can camp. Grab a tent and set it up or rent one of the bell tents for a more upscale camping trip. Rent a place for your RV or try one of our camping cabins!

You won’t run out of fun outdoor things to do in the Smoky Mountains when you stay at our campground. Find more information about our campground and start planning your trip today!