Choosing the Right Time of Year for a Vacation at Cabin Rentals in Pigeon Forge TN

Fall colors in the mountains near Pigeon Forge.

With over 11 million annual visitors, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is one of the top vacation destinations in the country! While some months are more popular than others, the Smoky Mountain area has plenty of activity throughout the entire year. Choosing the best time for a getaway at our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge TN really depends on what you want to get out of your vacation. To help you plan your trip, Hearthside has put together a convenient guide to vacationing in the Smokies.

Dollywood FestivalsThe sign and flower arrangement at the entrance to Dollywood.

For many people, Dollywood is the chief reason they come to Pigeon Forge. This popular theme park offers thrilling rides, great entertainment, and plenty of lip-smacking food. If Dollywood is definitely on your agenda, don’t come during January, February, or the first three weeks in March, as the park is closed during this time.

Another thing to keep in mind as you plan your getaway is Dollywood’s festival schedule. Here is a quick look at the park’s special seasonal events:

  • National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration (October)
  • Smoky Mountain Christmas (early November – end of December)
  • Festival of Nations (mid-March through mid-April)
  • Barbeque & Bluegrass (mid-May)
  • Summer Lives Here (mid-June through early-August)

Fans of Dollywood’s Splash Country, the excellent water park next door to the theme park, will want to visit between late-May and early September.

(See Also: 3 Reasons to Rent Our Pigeon Forge Cabins Near Dollywood)

Beautiful fall colors in Cades Cove.Changing Leaves

When you stay at one of our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge TN during the fall, you will have a front row seat to some of the most spectacular foliage in the country. There is nothing better than sitting out on your cabin’s deck in a rocking chair or hot tub and admiring the brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges in the mountains.

Predicting the best time to see the changing leaves isn’t an exact science, but during most years, the last two weeks of October and the first week of November offer wonderful colors in the lower elevations. However, if you arrive during late September or early October, you can still see the fall foliage in the upper elevations of the mountains.

WildflowersBlue Phlox flowers in bloom.

The Pigeon Forge area is home to over 1,500 types of flowering plants! You can actually see wildflowers throughout the year in the Smokies, but spring is definitely the peak season. Here is a look at some of the flowers you will see during the spring months:

  • April – Violets, Wild Ginger, Little Brown Jugs, Yellow Mandarin, White Trillium, Dutchman’s Britches
  • May – Showy Orchid, Lady’s Slippers, Umbrella Leaf, Blue Phlox, Painted Trillium, Wake Robin
  • June – Indian Pink, Goat’s Beard, Sundrops, Speckled Wood Lily, Yellow Star Grass, Woodland Bluets

Christmas lights depicting The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.Winterfest Lights

As part of the annual Winterfest celebration, the city of Pigeon Forge puts up wonderful holiday lights all around town. The lights are switched on in early November and stay illuminated throughout the end of February, so visitors have lots of opportunities to see the displays. If you are hoping for snow during your winter vacation, we suggest coming in January or February, although the area typically only gets between 2 to 3 inches of snowfall during these months.

As you can see, each season has something special to offer in the Smokies! To start planning your getaway, check out our complete selection of cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge TN.