If you love sweater weather, the smell of hot apple cider filling the air and Pops of color with stunning fall foliage, a visit to the Smoky Mountains needs to be in your plans!.

While you can’t go wrong with whichever time of year you choose, we have a few reasons why fall is one of our favorite times to visit.

Why Fall Season is a Great Time To Visit Dollywood

There are lots of exciting events to enjoy during the fall at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas. Dolly Parton’s Theme Park transforms into a fall masterpiece thanks to Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, renowned as the country’s best fall theme park event.

The highlight of the festival, award winning Great Pumpkin LumiNights, turns the park into a pumpkin wonderland after the sun goes down, with artistic sculptures, cool lighted pumpkin displays, and themed shows that add a special magical touch.

If you go specifically for the food and drinks, you will not be disappointed!.
There are so many great fall dishes you’ll find at different locations in the park,  like the Spiced Pumpkin Bisque with Toasted Pepitas, the Pulled Pork Sandwich & Pumpkin Spiced BBQ Sauce or the Pecan Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake & Chantilly Cream.

If you are like me and want to try everything, you should definitely get the tasting pass.
The Harvest Festival Tasting Pass lets you get five different food items for $39.99 plus tax per person. Gold/Diamond Season Passholders get a $3 discount per pass.

When Is The Best Time To Visit in the Season?

You’ll find the best times to visit Dollywood in the fall to be most days in September and Weekdays in early October. Keep in mind holidays and school fall breaks, including the weekend of Columbus Day (Oct. 9), Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and, of course, the week of Thanksgiving which is always crowded. If you want to enjoy the festival with less crowds, you should plan your visit during the week if possible.

How Is The Weather In the Fall 

Pack for at Least Two Seasons!. The weather in the Smokies can be unpredictable. If you’re heading this way during the fall season, opt for layers. We normally have cool mornings and evenings with warmer afternoons. You’ll want to make sure that you have clothing to keep cool, jackets to keep you warm and an umbrella to keep you dry if unexpected rain rolls in. Being prepared will help you enjoy your trip, regardless of the weather that you experience.

Here’s a breakdown of the average temperatures for each month:


Expect mild and pleasant temperatures in September, with daytime highs around 80°F (27°C) and cooler evenings at approximately 56°F (13°C).


As autumn progresses into October, temperatures begin to cool. With Daytime highs of about 71°F (22°C) and cooler nights around 44°F (7°C).


November brings a crisper feel to the air, with daytime temperatures averaging around 61°F (16°C) and cooler evenings at approximately 35°F (2°C).

Keep in mind, these temperature ranges are averages, and the weather can vary. 
You should always double check the weather before your trip to help you pack.

Packing Tips and Essentials For The Fall Season

Layered Clothing:

 Fall temperatures can vary, being chilly in the morning and night and warmer in the afternoons, so packing layers is the best way to be comfortable throughout the day.
You can take layers off or put layers on as the temperatures change trough the day.

Portable Power Bank:

From the stunning fall foliage to the dazzling light displays during the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, you will be taking lots of pictures and videos. The last thing you want is for your device to run out of battery. Bringing a portable power bank lets you recharge your phone or camera at any time.

What Can You Find At Dollywood During The Fall?

Autumn Glow at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights

As the leaves change, Dollywood transforms into an autumn wonderland. One of the standout attractions during this season is the Great Pumpkin LumiNights. This event features spectacular lighted pumpkin displays that cast a warm glow over the entire park.

The Enchanting Pumpkin Tree.

At the heart of Dollywood stands the 40-foot tall Pumpkin Tree, a mountain of glowing pumpkins that serves as the centerpiece of the festival. 


Skilled artisans at Craftsman’s Valley showcase their handmade crafts, you will want to take everything with you!.

 Pumpkins Everywhere

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival has huge pumpkins everywhere you look! They weigh anywhere from 800 to over 1500 lbs. each. 

What Other Seasonal Entertainment Can You Find in The area?

You will find endless things to do around the Sevierville/Gatlinburg Area like;

Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

Nothing beats spending a day going apple picking or picking out a perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween or making the most delicious pumpkin pie together!. 

Haunted Tours and Ghost Walks

As the sun sets you can embark on an eerie adventure with haunted tours and ghost walks. In Gatlinburg, companies like GhostWalk of Gatlinburg & Sevierville have guided tours with spine-tingling tales and mysterious history of the area. You can Wander through dimly lit streets and visit haunted sites!.

Arts and Crafts Shows

Events like the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival showcase the work of skilled artisans.
Stroll & Shop through Gatlinburg’s Craftsmens Fair with More than 200 booths of local artisans displaying their beautiful work.

Enjoy and make beautiful memories and new traditions together, have fun!
Did you visit during the fall? What are some of your favorite activities?
Share your experiences with us in the comments!

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