Are you already thinking about the autumn season and all of the fun and beauty it brings? If so, you might also be thinking of a visit to The Smokies. The autumn months are an amazing time of year, with the first colors showing up high in the mountains and slowly moving to the valleys below. The changing tree colors last for weeks and is the #1 reason to pay an autumn visit to the area.

Yet, there are many other reasons that millions of people visit the region, during the fall and all year long, but we’d like to remind you of seven great reasons you’ll be glad you made the choice to pay a visit this fall.

#2 The Weather

While the weather is cooling down quite quickly in the northern parts of the country, the fall months remain remarkably comfortable well into October. That means you can get outdoors without worrying about bundling up, wearing all kinds of rain gear or freezing your way through a day of hiking.

In fact, the weather is so pleasant that you can spend days and days outdoors, enjoying the National Park, visiting the attractions of the region or sitting back on a porch (cabin rentals are a great option for accommodations in the region) and savoring the scenery. Because many people associate October and November with cold weather, it is a time without crowds, but also a time of great conditions in the woods and town.

#3 The Food

Harvest season is always great no matter where you live, but in The Smokies, it is simply unforgettable. Apples, cider, any number of fruits and veggies, pies, different meats and, of course, the delicious spirits that are such a part of the history of the region all appear in food festivals and shops.

#4 And About Those Fairs and Festivals…

The autumn season is a great time for different festivals and events. While the farmers markets and other ongoing activities are still around, you can also enjoy the region’s Oktoberfest – which is a five-week event – as well as the street festivals of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

#5 The Wildlife

With fewer crowds arriving in October, you’ll have a much greater chance at spotting wildlife whether from a car or on foot. This is the time of year when lots of visitors see everything from wild turkeys to full-grown bears fattened up for the winter. In Blount County, you’ll find that a stroll along the rivers and fields often means lots of rabbits nibbling up the last of the year’s greens.

#6 The Scenery

Not only do fewer crowds mean better chances at spotting wildlife, but the natural setting is also less crowded. You’ll enjoy lots of peace and quiet when you do any hiking, and this is most definitely the time of year to visit the different waterfalls and scenic overlooks, all set against the backdrop of beautiful, autumnal yellows, oranges, and reds.

#7 The Foothills Parkway, Clingmans Dome,  and the Rest

There is little that will compare to the views of fall foliage and the beauty of the season than your visits to the many scenic spots. The drive along the Foothills Parkway, through Cades Cove, up to the top of Clingmans Dome, and even places like the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel or the Ober Gatlinburg, are all fantastic places to savor the scenery at this majestic time of year.