Autumn pumpkins and fruit display

Most people know that fall in Pigeon Forge is a beautiful time of year, as the leaves begin to change and the air gets crisper. However, the region also holds some surprises as autumn rolls around each year. Here are 6 things you never knew about fall in Pigeon Forge:

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1. Dollywood hosts a huge festival.

From September 22 to November 1, 2014, Dollywood hosts the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration. This fun event celebrates fall with a showcase of free concerts, as well as a variety of handmade arts and crafts.

2. The Smoky Mountains draw over 2 million visitors each autumn.

The stunning fall scenery in the Smoky Mountains draws visitors from all over the region and beyond. In fact, park rangers estimate that an average of over 2 million guests will visit the park between September and October! Travel early in the season is recommended to avoid the crowds.Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains

3. Local wildlife is busy preparing for winter.

Bears, squirrels and other wildlife in the Smoky Mountains work hard through the fall to ensure they have enough food stored for the winter season. You might even see a bear foraging in the national park!

4. Special fall menus are featured at local restaurants.

Although Pigeon Forge is certainly known for its southern style cooking, most visitors don’t realize that many area restaurants prepare a special fall menu each year. These menus feature local fruits and vegetables that are at their peak, including apples, brussel sprouts, cranberries, and pears.

Black bear in the fall5. The fall is the driest season of the year.

Although it is always good to be prepared when hiking in the Smokies, October draws the year’s least amount of rainfall. October’s monthly average is less
than 3 inches!

6. Some leaves do not change for the season.

Although Pigeon Forge is vibrant in the fall, there are several local trees with leaves that do not change colors. These include cedar, pine and spruce trees.

To start planning your autumn getaway, visit our Pigeon Forge Hotel Rooms page!

 

 

Jason Fishman

Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.