The cool and crisp weather is going to be on the way very soon and after having such a hot summer, we are all anxiously awaiting its return. There is just something about the Fall that makes us love this season so much. Sometimes it’s all about the simple things – decorations, fall scents, pumpkin everything, football, and Halloween of course. The stores are getting all geared up and you know that it also means that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be vastly approaching. These upcoming months are such a special time to visit us here in the Smokies. The weather is a main thing that draws people to our area in the Autumn. There’s nothing better than sweater weather time and being able to enjoy a day out and about that stays in the 70’s the entire time. The wide array of colors that take over our rolling hills are absolutely beautiful and they’ll make you want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Luckily for us, Pigeon Forge is full of exciting things to do that will keep you outside for the day by choice. You’ll love getting to take advantage of the incredible weather and all the harvest decor you’ll see throughout our charming town. It’s time to grab your favorite hoodie and get ready to enjoy a bunch of amazing Outdoor Activities in Pigeon Forge!


You know it isn’t a trip to Pigeon Forge if you don’t visit the park that really helped to put our town on the map so to speak. Dollywood is a family friendly park that will provide entertainment from the moment you step inside. They actually have their Harvest Festival going on right now which everyone will love getting to check out. They will have free southern gospel concerts, pumpkin inspired food dishes, artisans showing off their unique crafts, harvest decor throughout the park, and plenty of gorgeous views of the mountains all around you. The Great Pumpkin LumiNights will be happening once again and this year will be double the action! There will be thousands of individually crafted and illuminated jack-o’-lanterns spooking all throughout the park and especially in the Timber Canyon section. This is also where you will find a glow in the dark maze and face painting station, spooktacular character meet and greets, pumpkin carving demonstrations, whimsical scenes, and much more. This has become such a popular event and we’re so glad they’ve brought it back for another year and it’ll be even better than before! Dollywood truly has something for everyone to do whether you’re looking for a kiddie area or shows when you want to relax for a bit but still enjoy some entertaining. The shopping and dining is also superb, you all are sure to fall in love with our special park.

The Island

This one stop shop has some of everything you maybe looking for all in one place. It’s a shopper’s paradise as well as a place to go for everyone to find something to do. They have attractions like a mirror maze, outdoor ropes course, escape game, kiddie rides, gem mining, bumper cars, and more. Shopping wise, they have everything from puzzles to comic book collectibles. The Island is also home to some fantastic dining like Timberwood Grill, Margaritaville, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, and more. They’ve also just recently opened the Yee-Haw Brewing Company which will offer 20 taps that serve their signature products. Best of all, this is where you can find the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, their enclosed ferris wheel that will take you up to see all the incredible mountain views here in Pigeon Forge. It’s heated for the winter and air conditioned for the summer. All throughout the day, you can find complimentary entertainment at Ole Smoky Moonshine where they have free bluegrass performances almost every hour on the hour. Grab a rocking chair, tap your feet, and enjoy the excellent grooves they provide us with. Once the sun goes down, don’t forget to check out their Island Show Fountain where you will see lights and water dancing around to some fantastic tunes that the whole family will love.

Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Adventure

The Lumberjacks are back! Paula Deen has recently revived the show here in Pigeon Forge and it’s full of just as much entertainment as before! This show will actually take place in an outdoor arena of sorts that feature seat climate control. They are open, rain or shine, from Spring through December and showtimes do vary so make sure to check out their site. Here you will get to see the Dawson and McGraw families battle it out in exciting and skilled competitions like axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing, log rolling, and much more! The show will have you cheering and who knows, maybe you or someone else in your family may end up onstage and in one of their very own competitions. The entire family is sure to love this new show.

The Old Mill

The Old Mill is a great place to visit if you’re wanting to just get outside for a bit and enjoy the cool weather. Here you can do some window browsing throughout the entire area as there are cute and quaint shops and boutiques to check out. They have everything from pottery to a general store. This is also where you can find Patriot Park, a great place to take the family to if you’re wanting to spend some quality time together outdoors. They have a small open field to toss a football around, a walking trail, a pavilion with picnic tables, a gazebo, and  the little pigeon river runs through it. There’s also an ice cream parlor right nearby so you can stop in and get a sweet treat. There are two amazing restaurants located here – Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Cafe & Grille. You could easily spend a day here and it’s one of the most popular places for our visitors to check out.

We hope this blog helped you discover a few great Outdoor Activities in Pigeon Forge to check out while you’re visiting our charming town this Fall. It’s absolutely beautiful here during this special season so you are sure to want to get out and about as much as you can while you’re here. Nothing beats getting to enjoy the cool weather while having an entertaining adventure at the same time. You and the family are sure to fall in love with Autumn here in the Smokies. Now all you need is a cozy place to come back to after a busy day out. When you stay with us at Bear Crossing, we offer beautiful two and three bedroom affordable luxury condos that come with a fantastic private balcony that overlooks the little pigeon river. We’re located right in the heart of Pigeon Forge at traffic light #5, giving you easy access to popular destinations in town. As a thank you for booking with us, you also receive FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area. Come and join our family here at Bear Crossing, we would love to have you! Make sure to leave a comment below and let us know what you think about these Outdoor Activities in Pigeon Forge.