Fall for Knoxville: The Area’s Best Seasonal Activities

Knoxville and its surrounding areas are rich with fun fall activities. Make this fall a memorable one by making the most of autumn in Tennessee.

As the days grow shorter and the air gets cooler, East Tennessee’s verdant mountainsides transition into a vibrant carpet of orange, red and yellow. From fall foliage to seasonal festivals, apple picking to pumpkin patches, Knoxville and the surrounding areas offer endless reasons to fall in love with Tennessee in autumn.

Fall Foliage:

Beginning around the first of October, visitors from across the country travel to East Tennessee to view the spectacular hues of red, orange and yellow that paint the rolling landscapes. Enjoy the beauty from the comfort of your car or by hiking one of the many trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With more than 100 native species of trees, it is no wonder the area gets more than 10 million visitors every year. Cades Cove, Clingman’s Dome, Ramsey Cascades and Mount LeConte all promise great views and picturesque photo opportunities.

Travel by Train:

For a truly unique experience, travel by train. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers multiple excursions that allow you to view the marvelous colors from an open air gondola or first class car. Experience the Nantahala Gorge Excursion, a 4.5 hour trip through 44 miles of the Nantahala Gorge, or try the Tuckasegee River Excursion, a 32 mile round-trip train ride along the Tuckasegee River, through old railroad towns and across scenic meadows.

Grower’s Choice:

Get into the fall spirit with a day at the apple orchard. Baxter’s Orchard in Cosby, TN invites you to pick from Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Milman, Staymen Winesap, York, Rome Beauty, Granny Smith and Jonathon apples. Nothing makes for the perfect apple crisps, caramel apples or apple pie like hand-picked apples.

Fall Festivals:

Fall in Tennessee brings no shortage of fall festivals fit for every age and interest. Spend a day at the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival, Dumplin Valley Bluegrass, Oktoberfest, Mountain Makins Festival or Foothills Fall Festival to name just a few.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair brings more than 200 of the country’s most talented craftspeople to the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Not only are these items available for sale, but you can learn more about their talents and skills from the craftspeople themselves.

Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia was named one of the Top 20 October Events by the Southeast Tourism Society 16 times. Discover folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, old-time and Americana musicians performing on rustic outdoor stages each day. The festival also hosts demonstrations of pioneer skills, a large craft fair with authentic Appalachian artisans and traditional southern foods.


Tennessee boasts a number of fantastic golf courses in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Enjoy courses for all skill levels in the scenic surroundings of the Great Smoky Mountains. Dead Horse Lake Golf Course offers a par 72 course with a rolling landscape and Dead Horse Lake touching each of the 18 holes. Laurel Valley Golf Course features challenging greens with beautiful views and an abundance of wildlife. Bent Creek Golf Course, designed by three time Masters and British Open Championship Winner Gary Player, is a par 72 course. The front nine hugs the valley floor while the back nine offers a challenging mountain course.

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes:

Looking for fun activities to do with the little ones? Head for a pumpkin patch or corn maze. Life Down on the Farm offers a winding corn maze, hayrides and a fire pit. The Oakes Farm Corn Maze features an intricate design and challenges you to find 12 different posts hidden in the corn maze.

Knoxville and East Tennessee promise the perfect fall getaway for all ages and interests. Make the most of fall by making memories in Tennessee. For additional ideas, or to find your permanent Tennessee home, contact Lakeside Real Estate Group today at 865-458-9600.

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