September 25, 2014
Fall in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most popular times of year for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Travelers from all across the country come from far and wide to see the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains fall colors transitioning from their rich greens to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges.
However, with upwards of 2 million visitors spread out in a two-month span, fall in the Smoky Mountains can also bring a lot of extra traffic that guests wanting to experience the fall leaves may want to avoid. At Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals, we want all of our vacationers to experience the full beauty that this season offers, so we have put together a list of the best fall Smoky Mountain drives where visitors are less likely to run into heavy traffic like in the Cades Cove and Newfound Gap areas of the national park.
Little River Road (18 miles)
A slightly misleading name, the Little River Road is actually one of the longer scenic fall Smoky Mountain drives that guests can explore. This 18-mile route takes guests all the way from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Although this route is relatively flat when compared to some of the fall Smoky Mountain drives that has travelers going up and down mountains, Little River Road still offers a twisting tour of the leaves as guests travel alongside the river. We do want to encourage guests to exercise caution as they turn the sharp corners found on this driving trail.
Popular stops along this fall Smoky Mountain drive include:
For visitors looking for a shorter fall Smoky Mountain drive than the one found along the Little River will love the Laurel Creek Road driving trail. At just 7 miles long, this route offers a winding, scenic, tour of the outskirts of the popular Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This route is also an easy way that guests can travel to Tremont Road which then leads visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, as well as a unique view of the lowland forest and Crib Gap.
Greenbrier (5 miles)
Another short drive, the Greenbrier driving trail is a narrow country road that runs alongside the Little Pigeon River. At roughly the halfway point guests will find a quaint picnic area located next to the river’s bank, as well as a moderately difficult hiking trail, Ramsey Cascades. The Porters Creek Trail is also located here.
For a map to any of the scenic Smoky Mountain drives mentioned in this blog, feel free to use the map below. Also, be sure to check out some of the other great fall drives in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
If you need help planning your next trip to experience one of these scenic fall Smoky Mountain drives for yourself, feel free to give us a call today!