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3 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in November

October 28, 2020
Cades Cove in November

Although another rafting season has come to an end at Smoky Mountain Outdoors, there are still plenty of fun activities to enjoy in Gatlinburg in November! Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast who wants to stay active during the colder months or someone who appreciates the winter scenery in the Smokies, you will find lots of exciting options! Here are 3 fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN in November:

1. Hiking in the National Park

stream in Gatlinburg during late autumnWhile you can go hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all year long, November can be one of the best times to hit the trails! You will find that some of the most popular hiking destinations aren’t quite as busy after the fall foliage season, so you don’t have to worry as much about crowds. You will also be rewarded with some spectacular scenery, ranging from majestic mountain peaks to old growth forests! As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about gnats and other insects that can be a nuisance during the summer months. Consider taking the Gatlinburg Trail from downtown Gatlinburg to Sugarlands Visitor Center, where you can watch a free movie about the national park, browse some fascinating exhibits and talk to a ranger about the best hikes in the park!

2. Scenic Drives

Another one of the fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN in November is a scenic drive through the Smokies! You will find many impressive drives throughout the Smoky Mountains, so grab your camera and hop in the car for an exciting automobile tour! The Cades Cove Loop is one of the most popular destinations and features an 11 mile one way drive where you can enjoy a broad valley, well-preserved historical structures and several great hiking options to stretch your legs! You also won’t want to miss the Roaring Fork Nature Trail, a 5.5 one way road that takes you on a magnificent journey through the mountains! The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail closes to vehicle traffic at the end of November, so it’s your last chance before the spring to explore! Some of the other recommended scenic drives include Newfound Gap Road, Upper Tremont Road and Little River Road.

3. Winterfest

Light display at Smoky Mountain WinterfestIf you are lucky enough to be visiting the Smoky Mountains during November, you can be one of the first to experience Winterfest! This annual celebration of the holiday season kicks off in mid-November with more than 5 million sparkling light displays throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville! As you drive down the Parkway, you will be amazed by the spectacle that includes the 12 Days of Christmas in lights! The Gatlinburg portion of Winterfest contains detailed displays of animals native to the Smoky Mountains, making it one of the most unique holiday light displays in the country!

We hope that you enjoy these fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN in November! Before you know it, SMO Rafting will be open again for another season of adventures on the river! Be sure to check all of the information about our whitewater rafting trips so that you can be one of our first guests back on the water next spring!