Fall is one of the most popular times to visit Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, and it’s easy to see why! Autumn brings cooler weather, a variety of special events, and some of the most beautiful foliage in the nation. Tucked away in the foothills of the Smokies, Moose Hollow Lodge is the perfect place to stay for your fall Smoky Mountain vacation getaway. With room for up to 56 guests, we can accommodate family reunions, church retreats, and any other type of group vacation. Here are three reasons to take an autumn escape at our Smoky Mountain lodge:
1. Enjoying The Fall Colors From Your Deck
The Smokies are home to 100 species of native trees, so the fall foliage in the mountains is absolutely spectacular. When you stay at Moose Hollow Lodge, you will be able to admire the autumn colors right from your cabin’s deck.
Located on the second level of the lodge, Moose Hollow’s deck is a destination in itself! Guests will enjoy 12 rocking chairs, two large hot tubs with room for five people, and breathtaking mountain views. The deck wraps around all four sides of the lodge, so you will have panoramic vistas of the stunning red, yellow, and orange leaves in the Smoky Mountains.
For the best leaf peeping conditions, we suggest renting our lodge during the last two weeks of October or the first week of November. However, weather patterns can sometimes cause the leaves to change earlier or later than expected. If you need advice about coordinating your trip with the foliage, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
2. Visiting Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
Guests at our Smoky Mountain lodge will be 25 minutes away from one of the best fall festivals in the Smokies! Every October, Dollywood hosts the month-long National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. This annual event features over 350 concerts from some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music. All of these performances are free with park admission, so it’s definitely worth getting a multi-day pass if you’re a gospel fan.
In addition to all of the Southern gospel stars in attendance, Dollywood will also host about 40 artisans from around the nation. These skilled craftsmen and craftswomen will be located in booths around the theme park to demonstrate their trade and sell their products. Guests can expect to find pottery, paintings, jewelry, textiles, dulcimers, dolls, flutes, wood carvings, stained glass, and other handmade works of art.
3. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
With comfortably cool temperatures, fall is one of the very best times to go hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Exploring the 800 + miles of trails in the national park is a great way to see the changing leaves up close and get some fun exercise in the process. Here are some of the most popular hikes for the fall months:
- Mt. LeConte (mid – late September)
- Rocky Top (mid – late September)
- Gregory Bald (early – mid October)
- Sugarland Mountain Trail (early – mid October)
- Alum Cave (mid – late October)
- Charlies Bunion (mid – late October)
- Porters Creek Trail (mid – late October)
- Schoolhouse Gap (early November)
- Abrams Falls (early November)
To book your fall vacation, reserve our Smoky Mountain lodge today!