The temperatures have finally dropped, giving the air that crisp feeling only associated with autumn. The air smells faintly of rain, with the breeze carrying a hint of smoke over the hilltops from bonfires and fireplaces alive with the season. It’s the perfect time of year to fill a thermos with hot apple cider, lower the car windows, and take a scenic drive.
One of the many benefits to living in such a beautiful place is the proximity to breathtaking views. The Smoky Mountains offer these in abundance. Whether you’re based out of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, or Gatlinburg, you’re only a short drive from show-stopping views to share with family and friends not lucky enough to live here.
The Smoky Mountains are a favorite destination for locals and travelers alike. But when you drive these roads in your daily life, you discover hidden gems off of the beaten path. Just meandering around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will bring a smile to your face and gorgeous leaves displaying their colors to your eyes.
Highway 321/East Parkway offers beauty for the busy foliage-hunters looking for frequent stops at local shops and restaurants. Businesses are easy to access, but are spread out enough to allow the beauty of deciduous trees to fully display their fall colors. Take a detour down Sockless Road, following the gentle curve of the road as it dips and turns with the land, providing a view of a mountain stream winding its way over and around rocks and fallen tree limbs.
If you veer toward Douglas Dam Road, you’ll discover the pooling of the French Broad River at the imposing Douglas Dam, the beauty of nature and the strength of men, all framed by vibrant shades of autumn. Continuing on Douglas Dam Road as it changes its name to Powder Springs Road and Lane Hollow Road provides even more curving roads, burbling creeks and the ever-present myriad of colors adorning the trees.
Downtown Gatlinburg offers even more scenic views, with the Smoky Mountains stretching to the horizon. The Craft Trail, an eight-mile loop in downtown Gatlinburg, provides excellent views and shopping amongst the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The loop has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail. Since 1937, local artists create and sell unique items, from whittled wood to hand-crafted pottery to silver smithing, all in one place. You can find interesting lodges and restaurants mingling with the craft shops.
The Smoky Mountain National Park offers a plethora of astonishing views as well. A particular favorite of locals is Chimneys, a picnic spot along the West Prong Little Pigeon River. The steep paved roads leading to this area provide plenty of views of their own, and even more beautiful ones await you at Chimneys. Pack a picnic and snack amongst the splashes of color as the leaves gently drift down around you.
Are you interested in living amongst these breathtaking views? You can view our listings for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and even cabins to see what’s available. There’s a great range of prices available, from newer homes to distressed ones. We’re happy to help, and show you this amazing place we get to call home.