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FREE Things to Do for Fall 2020 in the Smoky Mountains

After saving up cash to take a nice vacation this fall, the last thing you want to do is to overspend on attractions. Autumn is such a beautiful season to visit the Smokies, and we at Pigeon Forge TN Cabins know how important it is to fully enjoy your vacation without breaking the bank. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of FREE things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in October — from exploring the national park to attending fall festivals! Plus, we offer more information on our budget friendly cabins so you can get the most out of your Smoky Mountain stay for less. 

FREE Autumn Activities in the National Park
One of the best parts about vacationing in the Smokies is visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the most visited national park in the country, it’s no surprise there’s no entrance fee. With 800+ miles of hiking and cycling trails, scenic drives, serene picnic spots, and the colorful beauty of fall, you could explore this free national park every day on your autumn vacation and never get bored!

Yep, just bring along your hiking boots or mountain bicycle, a couple of water bottles, a few snacks, and you’re ready to go! Maybe you’d prefer to stay in your car for a leisurely drive through Cades Cove or around the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. You could pack a picnic lunch and find a cozy spot by the Little Pigeon River in the Greenbrier Picnic Area. Or catch your meal by fly fishing the national park waters for trout in season. Even bird watching is an option. Whatever you decide, the national park has tons of great free things to do in fall!

FREE Fall Experiences
If you enjoy taking strolls, perusing shops, and viewing nature, you’ll love these neat — and free — things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in October!

  • Drive the 8-mile loop around the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community (the largest group of independent artisans in the nation) in Gatlinburg and stop in stores that pique your interest. Who knows? You might see a pro crafter at work!
  • Venture through The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge that features gorgeous Christmas decorations from across the globe. With something fantastical at every glance, it will really get you in the spirit for the holiday season!
  • Stroll around The Village Shops — a European themed shopping village straight out of a storybook — in Gatlinburg. Window shopping at its best, The Village gives you something to look forward to with every step. There’s a lovely fountain, too.
  • Walk The Island, a shopping and entertainment complex in Pigeon Forge. Boasting tons of rides, games, boutiques, and eateries, there’s plenty of space to go a leisurely pace and take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. It’s also dog friendly.
  • Find secret spots by the Little Pigeon River. Along the route between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are many pull-offs so you can check out the rushing water and colorful fall leaves up close. And short ways behind The Incredible Christmas Place is an area along the river that is laid with steps to the water, so you can hang out by the water and soak in the fall scenery for a bit.

FREE October Events
Who doesn’t love a FREE event in October, one of the most beautiful months of the year in the Smokies? Well, we have 4 events — without an entrance fee — in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg we think you’ll enjoy. Naturally, social distancing and mask requirements are in place for safety precautions.

  • OkTOBERfest at Ober Gatlinburg | September 25 – November 1
    • Bringing great traditions of Germany to the Great Smoky Mountains, OktOBERfest is an annual fall event at Ober Gatlinburg. Feast your eyes on folk dancing, listen to oompah music, and browse the Bier Garten!
  • Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in Sevierville | October 1 – 31
    • Spend quality time with loved ones while checking out Sevierville during the harvest festival. Businesses set up seasonal displays with pumpkins and offer autumn food samples. Plus, there are self-guided driving tours to explore the area!
  • Halloween Spooktacular at Pigeon Forge Community Center | October 29
    • Family friendly, the Halloween Spooktacular at the Pigeon Forge Community Center is a fun and free option to go trick or treating, walk through a haunted house, and enjoy live entertainment. 
  • Trick Or Treat at The Island | October 31
    • Take your kids trick or treating for free in a safe environment on Halloween night between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Wear a costume, and you’ll get a bonus 50% off a 48-hour unlimited ride pass!

Affordable Pigeon Forge TN Cabins
Now you have plenty of ideas for free things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this fall. All that’s left is to make sure you have an affordable place to stay that’s also comfortable and convenient. Pigeon Forge TN Cabins has tons of budget-friendly options you’ll appreciate, including choices nestled in Gatlinburg. Add to your list of things to do in Pigeon Forge with a pool table, a nice view with rocking chairs, a jetted bath indoors, a crackling fireplace, big screen TVs, a steamy hot tub, a grill, complimentary Wi-Fi, and community amenities. We even have affordable pet friendly cabins so Fido can come along, and you can save on a costly sitter! Ready to book or have a few questions? Reach out to us at 865.513.7885.

FALL Into Fun at Your Cabin in the Smokies!

Shades of crimson, pumpkin, eggplant, and gold dot the Great Smoky Mountain landscape as fall sweeps into Pigeon Forge, TN. Cool breezes and crisp air meld well with the scent of autumn spices and crackling fires. Log cabins feel extra cozy this time of year, and the atmosphere is perfect for a refreshing vacation. Family stays, getaways with friends, romantic trips, and solitary retreats are most welcome to fall into fun at a Pigeon Forge rental this September, October, and November. 

After all, what better time to reconnect with loved ones and yourself than one of the most beautiful and comforting seasons of the year? And spending time unwinding and playing at a Smoky Mountain cabin loaded with amenities is a great way to recharge from the woes of everyday life, recoup from summer shenanigans, and totally relax your mind, body, and spirit. Pigeon Forge TN Cabins is ready to serve you this fall with plenty of fun things to do in and around your private and clean cabin in the Smokies. 

  1. Colorful Views
    Breathtaking is one way to describe the stunning fall scenery at your cabin rental. Whether you opt for a mountain or wooded view, the leaves are sure to please. October is the prime month to see the leaves change, and it all depends on elevation. Enjoy the beautiful autumn views from charming rocking chairs or a lovely porch swing on the deck. Selfies are also highly encouraged — watch out, Instagram!
  1. Firepit Stories
    Gather your friends or family for a tall tale, ghost story, or juicy gossip around the outdoor firepit. Stone or wood seating is usually provided, and some cabins even feature electric or gas firepits that start with a simple click. It’s a nice way to check out surrounding fall scenes and enjoy a few stories…and plenty of s’mores of course!
  1. Pool Splashes
    Splashes aren’t reserved just for summer at your Pigeon Forge cabin with a private (and heated) indoor pool! Many even boast special features that include color changing lights, waterfalls, swim-in grottos, islands, spa areas, and kiddy pools. And some cabins offer community access to indoor pool rooms, so there’s hope for every budget.
  1. Spa Eves
    On your fall vacation in Pigeon Forge, be sure to take time to pamper YOU. Slip into your swimsuit for a soothing soak in the hot tub underneath the twinkling night sky. Or draw yourself a spa bath in the king suite’s indoor jetted tub that pairs divinely with scented candles, peaceful tunes, shimmering bubbles, and a glass of bubbly. We even offer gift baskets with spa items (1.866.513.7885) to help you get started!
  1. Movie Nights
    Pop in a DVD or Blu-ray, grab bowls of buttery delight, pile candy bars and baked goodies on the coffee table, prop up your feet, take a swig of soda pop, and press play for movie night on the big screen TV in the cozy living room. Better yet, opt for a cabin with a private home theater that features surround sound, theater style seating, dimming lights, and a massive TV or projector screen!
  1. Novels by the Fire
    Whether you prefer to read in a comfy armchair, on a plush sofa, or in a king size bed, light a mood setting fire before drifting to another world of romance, comedy, magic, adventure…or October scares. Most cabins come with a fireplace (gas, wood burning, or electric) in the living space, and some offer multiple fireplaces in the home, including the bedrooms.
  1. Sips & Chats
    Chatting with friends, family, or your sweetheart is only made better with a hot drink or an adult beverage. Go for marshmallow stuffed cocoa with chocolate chips, whipped cream, and fudge drizzle nestled on the sofa with a fire on cooler evenings. Spice up nights with Smoky Mountain moonshine or a bottle of rhubarb wine from Mountain Valley Winery on the love seat. And brew pots or single cups of Colombian blends that pair perfectly with time on the scenic deck in the mornings.
  1. Game Room Competitions
    Host friendly competitions in the fully loaded rec room! Whether you just want to shoot pool for fun, defeat everyone on the foosball field, learn to play shuffleboard, put on your best poker face, or exit the air hockey rink with victory, game tables are a must. Arcade cabinets are also a great addition with Multicades that feature all the classics (like Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga) plus special units for racing, hunting, or golf. And don’t count out board or card games from home!
  1. Homemade Meals
    Grab fresh ingredients in town with curbside pickup or bring some from home to store, prep, and cook in the cabin’s fully equipped kitchen. All major appliances, pots, pans, cookware, plus dishes, cutlery, glasses, mugs, and more are provided. Add a twist of fall in every bite and enjoy meals together in the dining area, perfect for eating and chatting together.
  1. Outdoor Cookouts
    Fire up the charcoal, gas, or combo grill for fun cookouts at the cabin on nice days. Barbecue ribs, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, juicy steaks, veggie kabobs…you name it — just grill it! And enjoy beer and grilled dishes at the picnic area or at the dining table on the deck with calming autumn hues all around.

Ready to fall into fun at your cabin in the Smokies? Book online or reach out to your Vacation Specialist at 1.866.513.7885 before your beautiful autumn break slips away.