If you are planning trip to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in October 2020, check out this list of top things to do around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Fall is a beautiful time see the Smokies!
8. Find a fall festival
Attending a fall festival can be a great way to enjoy some live music and great food.
If you’re going to be in the area on Oct. 10, consider the In the Stix Fall Festival, which will take place at Smoky Mountain Jeep Outfitters. This fall fest is free and will feature a Jeep show, live music and fall activities. The festival will run from 4-10 pm.
Another option is The Wears Valley Fall Fest, which will take place on Oct. 16-18 from 10 am-4 pm. This festival will feature a large kids area, entertainment, food vendors and more — and best of all, it’s kid (and pet) friendly.
7. Visit a corn maze
Kyker Farms Korn Maze is one of the most popular corn mazes in the area. It features mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches, “Zombie Blasterz” and more.
The Kyker family knows a thing or two about a corn maze. They’ve owned the land for more than nine generations!
This corn maze is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 4-7 pm, Saturdays from 10 am-7 pm and Sundays from 1-6 pm. The last hayride leaves one hour prior to closing.
To learn more, visit their website.
6. Go to The Apple Barn
If the crisp air of autumn reminds you of apples and warm cider, check out The Apple Barn in Sevierville.
They have apple-flavored everything, from pancake mix to jam and everything in between.
Sample some wine, sip some cider and stock up on all the apple butter you could ever need for the rest of the year.
The Apple Barn is also famous for its on-site restaurant, the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. The Apple Barn is open through the week from 9 am-7 pm and closes at 5:30 pm on Sundays.
5. Fright Nights at Ripley’s
If you’re looking for something a bit creepy, consider Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. For the entire month of October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure will be featuring Fright Nights each Friday and Saturday evening until Halloween day.
Each year, Fright Nights gets a new theme. This year, Ripley’s is bringing back Grimsby and Streaper from the dead.
As the former owners of a local casket company, their factory closed in 1926 due to their strange disappearance. Now it’s time for their spooky comeback.
The Fright Night event will begin at 6 pm. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, visit Ripley’s website.
4. Get a fright at the Mysterious Mansion
The Mysterious Mansion is Gatlinburg’s oldest and perhaps scariest haunted attraction, decorated in an early 1900s old Victorian style.
On the weekends in October, the Mysterious Mansion offers special Halloween presentations that feature extra actors and themed events.
Admission for adults and teens is $16, children’s admission is $11, and children ages 6 and under are free. However, this attraction is not recommended for young children.
The Mysterious Mansion is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit their website.
3. Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is always a fun place to visit. In the fall, they bring in custom, beautiful decorations for guests to enjoy.
It’s a great area to explore shops, sip on some moonshine and sit back and relax while watching the show fountain. Be sure to take advantage of their fun displays for some perfect photo ops.
The Island is open daily from 10 am-11 pm in October.
2. See Anakeesta
Anakeesta is an award-winning theme park built on top of a mountain in downtown Gatlinburg. This season, Anakeesta will be bringing back its fall festivities with seasonal food, live entertainment and gorgeous decorations.
Anakeesta is open daily in October from 10 am-8 pm most days, with extended hours (until 10 pm) most Fridays and Saturdays. To learn more and to see their full schedule, visit their website.
1. Experience Dollywood’s Harvest Festival
Dollywood knows how to do fall, and that’s why their Harvest Festival event has won Best Theme Park Event by USA Today.
All month long, Dollywood will be featuring live music, seasonal treats (including a special pumpkin spice twist on their famous cinnamon bread), and stunning, larger-than-life decorations.
Remember that Dollywood will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays in October. The park will be open until 9 pm during the festival.
What are your plans for this month? Let us know in the comments!