September in the Smokies – Perfect Weather and Peaceful Roads

Aug 13, 2013

Head to the Smokies This September

Here at Heartland Rentals, we welcome the clear skies and cooler weather of September that signal the coming of the fall color season.  We experience pleasantly warm days with relaxing, cool nights.  The average daytime temperature high is 83° and the low 55°.  We get an average of 5 days of precipitation so September is nearly perfect for planning outdoor adventures.

Not only is the weather near perfect, the crowds have thinned out due to kids going back to school.  If you prefer a little more elbow room while on vacation, this is the month to visit.   

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September Outdoor Activities
Make the most of the weather and get outdoors.  These are some recommendations of outdoor activities you can enjoy with little worry of rain interrupting your plans!  Obviously, since you’ve come to the mountains, you should plan to go IN the mountains.  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is waiting for you to hike its trails, discover its wildlife, and explore like never before!

National Park Picnics

Have a Picnic:  Visit one of three Gatlinburg city parks and have a late summer picnic.  Choose from Mynatt Park, Herbert Holt Park, and Mills Park, each with their own amenities that will have you walking a quiet trail, shooting some hoops, or throwing in a fishing line.  There are picnic tables, charcoal grills and plenty of grassy areas.  Visit Gatlinburg City Parks to choose the one ideal for your planned outdoor activities.

Go Whitewater Rafting:
  You have several white water rafting outfitters to choose from in the Smoky Mountains area.  You can enjoy a leisurely float trip on the Little Pigeon River or a wild rafting adventure on the Big Pigeon River.  Rafting is available for ages 3 and up and is a great way to see the Smokies from a new perspective.  Use your FREE attractions pass to go whitewater rafting with USA Raft.

Spend a Day at Dollywood:  If you love the theme park but loathe the crowds, you’re in luck during September.  You’ll miss the long lines, packed theaters and filled to the brim restaurants.

Try a Zipline Tour:  With over 14 zipline attractions, the sky’s the limit!  Zip night and day, high above the canopies, across a river, and at speeds up to 45 mph.   Start with your FREE attractions pass to zip with Adventure Park Ziplines in Pigeon Forge!

Enjoy These September Special Events:

6 & 7:  Shades of the Past Rod Run in Pigeon Forge
12-15:  Fall Grand Rod Run
2013 Gatlinburg Moonshine FestivalPark your car and ride the trolley to Pigeon Forge where you can ‘walk the strip’ throughout the day and take a gander at some of the coolest cars ever made!

20:  Wine on the Lawn
Pack a picnic and take a lawn chair to Hillside Winery for outdoor games and live music from 5-8:30 p.m.

26-28: Fast Cars and Mason Jars Moonshine Festival
Live entertainment, fast cars and moonshine!

28-29: Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Every spring and fall, visitors and locals alike get their pole ready for the bi-annual fishing tournament with plenty of categories for winners and cash prizes.

Now that you have all these reasons to vacation in the Smokies this September, choose your vacation dates to find a perfect Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin and book your stay at Heartland.  Don’t you deserve an end of summer getaway? 

Category: Area Information

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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