Fall color is out there, what do we need to do, direct you on how to view it? We do? OK, here goes.
Strap on your boots, pull on a warm shirt and just go for a walk in the woods. That’s obviously one of the easiest ways to take in the beauty of the Smokies. If you weren’t aware, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is made up of over 800 miles of trails and most are well maintained. Whether it’s a quick jaunt over a few creeks and through a couple of fields, or a strenuous climb to the top of Mt. LeConte, the Smokies offer trails for all types of hikers from the hearty to the slow looker. Hike part of the Appalachian Trail if you feel like it – it’s a part of the national park. Visit http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/hiking.htm for a more detailed description of the types of hikes you’ll encounter in the Smokies.
If it’s seeing a wide spectrum of color that’s more to your liking, how about taking one of those scenic Sevierville helicopter tours? You can take a trip over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, or Gatlinburg (all different rates) and get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Smokies fall foliage.
Take a horseback ride through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Places like Douglas Lake View Stables provide horseback rides ranging from one half hour to four hours around beautiful Douglas Lake. It’s a great way to get back to nature and catch some of the fall colors you just don’t get to see from the road.
One of the newest ways to observe the fall colors is zipping down across the French Broad River and the new Wahoo Adrenaline Park in Sevierville. This zip line attraction offers a unique way to view fall foliage in Sevierville, which are really popping right now. Another local zip line adventure is located at Adventure Park at Five Oaks. Here, guests zip through the canopy of trees to the edge of the famed Parkway in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. The course is located directly across the street from Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Mall. As mentioned, Wahoo Adrenaline Park is a unique way to enjoy the beauty of fall and an opportunity you find find many places. Marvel at the French Broad River as you zoom across, ride the Jet Boats and step out onto the world’s largest Glass Bottom Sky Bridge with the backdrop of the beautiful Sevierville fall foliage.