Fall is our one of the busiest Tourist Seasons here in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with so many Leaf Lookers and the Spectacular Fall Colors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Be sure to book your reservations well in advance, and don’t forget to bring your camera! Peak Leaf Season typically occurs around the last week in October and into early November.
Gatlinburg Tennessee is a highly popular East Coast tourist destination due to its location next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which lies on the Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee State Line and the Appalachian Trail. The Blue Ridge Parkway National Park connects to the eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Cherokee, NC. With its fly fishing springs, cool summer breezes, colorful fall leaves and snow ski winters, Gatllinburg TN has something for every nature lover. Gatlinburg Tennessee is home to the Ober Ski Resort and Tramway, Gatlinburg Space Needle, Ripley”s Aquarium of the Smokies and nearby Dollywood in Pigeon Forge TN.
Many winter visitors to Gatlinburg Tennessee are from the Deep South, and are not used to driving in deep snow and ice, in severe cold temperatures with 40 m.p.h. wind gusts. Our Winter Driving Tips might be handy for you, especially if you are driving to Gatlinburg from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia or Florida.
Winter Ski Season in Eastern Tennessee typically starts after Christmas and can run into late February (weather permitting). The Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort in Gatlinburg, TN features nine trails and state-of-the-art snowmaking systems.