As summer eases into autumn, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains transform into a canvas ablaze with fiery reds, oranges and golden yellows. For road-trippers, motorcycle enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, there's no better time to hit the open road or trails and experience the stunning fall colors that envelop the region — and Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Lodge Pigeon Forge is the perfect launchpad for your explorations. Get ready to rev up your engines, lace up your hiking boots and embark on an unforgettable journey along the most colorful byways this corner of the world has to offer.
Scenic Drives & Motorcycle Rides
The Blue Ridge Parkway: A Serenade of Colors from Asheville, NC to Cherokee, NC
Embarking on the Blue Ridge Parkway during autumn is akin to riding through a living masterpiece. The gentle curves of the road reveal breathtaking vistas around every bend. You can choose to depart from Asheville, NC, and wind your way to Cherokee, NC, where you’ll enter the south end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or you can do the route in reverse, beginning in the park. Either way, you'll be treated to panoramic views of valleys blanketed in vivid colors. The Parkway's overlooks provide ample opportunities to pause, take in the scenery and capture snapshots of nature's handiwork.
The Tail of the Dragon: Taming the Twists from Calderwood Dam Overlook, TN to Tapoco, NC
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the Tail of the Dragon awaits. This 11-mile stretch of road boasts an astonishing 318 curves, earning it legendary status among road-trippers and motorcyclists. As you navigate the twists and turns between Calderwood Dam Overlook, TN to Tapoco, NC, the vibrant autumn foliage provides a stunning contrast to the black ribbon of asphalt. But be careful on this route — it’s a favorite among thrill-seekers!
Great Smoky Mountain National Park: Nature's Palette from Gatlinburg, TN to Cherokee, NC
The crown jewel of fall color displays awaits within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beginning your journey in nearby Gatlinburg, TN, and winding your way to Cherokee, NC, you'll find yourself immersed in autumn scenery. The park's dense forests and open meadows come alive with hues that seem too vibrant to be real. Take the time to explore hidden trails, spot wildlife and breathe in the crisp autumn air.
More Ways to Experience Fall Colors in The Smokies and Pigeon Forge
While a scenic drive or motorcycle ride is an exhilarating way to explore fall's beauty, there are plenty of other ways to immerse yourself in the season.
Scenic Fall Hikes
Lace up your hiking boots and venture into the heart of the Smokies. Alum Cave Trail and Laurel Falls Trail are just two of many trails that offer stunning vistas and the chance to walk amidst the foliage. Explore our favorite hikes in the Smoky Mountains.
Discover the nearby mountain town of Gatlinburg, where you can stroll through charming streets adorned with fall decorations, visit local artisan shops and savor seasonal treats.
Dollywood's Colorful Coasters
Take a detour to Dollywood for a fun and fresh perspective for leaf-spotting – atop a roller coaster! Chase thrills and enjoy experiencing seasonal festivities and a healthy dose of Appalachian culture while at the amusement park.