Fall is a beautiful time of year, especially for those who love the outdoors. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cool and perfect for hiking, and there’s a feeling of excitement in the air as the holidays approach.
To fully enjoy the stunning fall foliage of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, begin your day by hiking the Rainbow Falls Trail. At 5.1 miles (out-and-back), it’s a perfect morning hike.
It is best to hike during autumn because the fall foliage is gorgeous along the river and other parts of the trail. In addition, it’s an easy hike, so you can truly relax as you look for wildlife and appreciate the beautiful views.
The variety of options, from glaciers to lakes to peaks, makes Chugach State Park the ideal fall destination for hiking. In the fall, the leaves turn stunning yellows and oranges, and the longer days allow for hiking later than in many other parts of the country.