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:

1. Dollywood hosts a festival with free concerts, decorations and more.

Dollywood's Great Pumpkin LumiNightsFrom late September through the end of October each year, Dollywood hosts its popular Harvest Festival. Not only does this event include all your favorite things about fall, like jack-o-lanterns and fall flavored food, but there are more than 300 live concerts! The concerts are free with Dollywood admission. You can also see unique craftsmen from around the world demonstrate their art. The highlight of Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is Great Pumpkin LumiNights, which includes thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns throughout the park.

2. The Smoky Mountains draw millions of visitors each autumn.

The stunning fall scenery in the Smoky Mountains draws visitors from all over the region and beyond. Millions of people come to the Smokies to see the breathtaking fall foliage. It’s the perfect time to hike or take a scenic drive in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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 flavors are featured at local restaurants.

apple cinnamon breadAlthough Pigeon Forge is certainly known for its southern style cooking, you can find some delicious fall flavors at local restaurants! We recommend warm apple fritters from the Apple Barn, pecan pie from The Old Mill, apple cinnamon bread from Apple Valley Creamery or a baked apple pancake from Atrium Pancakes! You’ll love all the fall food you can find in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

5. 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! That means you won’t have to worry as much about rain ruining your fun on vacation.

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. See if you can spot them while you’re in Pigeon Forge this fall!

You don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the Smoky Mountains this fall. To start planning your autumn getaway, take a look at all of our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms and book your stay!