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Top 5 Places to See Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

There is nothing like the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains! Here are 5 of our favorite places to see the beautiful leaves this season:

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1. Tree Tops Ropes Course

What better place to admire the fall foliage than the trees? At the Tree Tops Ropes Course, you’ll get an upclose view of the leaves as you make your way across a series of ladders, bridges, cables, and ziplines built right into the forest. There are two adult courses and one especially designed for kids 8 -11, so your whole family can take in the sights in this gorgeous 70 acre nature park.Adventure ropes course

2. Scenic Helicopter Tours

If you want to see the fall colors from high in the sky, you can’t beat Scenic Helicopter Tours. Guests take a chopper ride over some of the most scenic areas in East Tennessee including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Douglas Lake, and Wears Valley. The leaves look simply majestic in the higher elevations, so don’t forget to bring your camera!

3. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island

Located at The Island entertainment complex, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel isn’t your ordinary Ferris wheel. At 200 feet tall with 42 gondolas, this enormous wheel offers breathtaking views of the autumn leaves. After your ride, you can eat at one of the wonderful restaurants at The Island or do some seasonal shopping.

Fall in the Great Smoky Mountains4. Legacy Mountain Ziplines

Wait until you see the fall colors  from 450 feet off the ground! At Legacy Mountain Ziplines, you’ll fly through the air at 50 miles per hour while taking in incredible mountain views. Located in 400 acres of unspoilt land in Pigeon Forge, autumn is simply spectacular at Legacy Mountain.

5. Five Oaks Riding Stables

Five Oaks Riding Stables offers scenic trail rides through the Great Smoky Mountains. With over 60 horses to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find a trusty steed to travel with. During your guided tour you will see authentic moonshine stills, Tennessee wildlife, and of course, the stunning fall foliage.

Before you set out to see the fall colors in the Great Smoky Mountains, visit our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Coupons page to get some great discounts for the attractions listed above!