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The Six Best Places to Eat During Fall in the Smokies

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Fall is a beautiful season full of beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows while bringing in much-needed cooler weather. However, the fall season also brings about the need and desire for different foods and drinks like pumpkin pie or hot apple cider. That's why we're going to explore how to satisfy those needs by covering the six best places to eat during fall in the Smokies on your next vacation getaway.

Embrace the Season

There's nothing that says you can't make delicious fall meals for you and your family when staying in your Pigeon Forge cabin, but that doesn't mean you always want to slave over a hot oven or do the dishes.

While several restaurants and attractions in the Smokies boast delicious fall flavors, the following six places are a treat above the rest during the fall season:

Apple Barn

For the best fall foods and desserts, you can't miss stopping in at the Apple Barn. Here, you'll find popular favorites like their warm apple fritters or their fresh apple julep. When you're ready for dessert, you'll have a hard time deciding between the apple cobbler or the apple spice cake. We'd recommend getting both if we're honest.

When not eating their seasonal favorites, there's plenty of classic southern meals to enjoy, such as their southern fried chicken, country meatloaf, sugar-cured ham, etc., making this one of the top eateries in the area. Even better, you can check out their general store and take some apple butter or jam home with you.

The Old Mill

Are you craving a specific fall flavor? At The Old Mill, you'll discover nearly every pumpkin-flavored food possible. Enjoy fall desserts like pumpkin fudge or pumpkin pie ice cream. For the adults in your group, it'd be a shame not to sample some pumpkin cream liqueur while hanging around. These are just a couple of options to explore when visiting this popular tourist destination.


When you want to combine seeing an attraction and eating delicious fall foods, you may not do any better than spending some time at Dollywood. When not riding the rides, experiencing the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and more, you'll enjoy filling your bellies with yummy fall foods like pumpkin-spiced funnel cake, candy corn cider, fried apple pies, and much more! Plus, there'll be barbecue available, so you simply can't go wrong with a day at Dollywood.

Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen

If you have a powerful sweet tooth, then you'll want to drive a little further to the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. During the fall season, the candy shop whips up their homemade pumpkin fudge while providing other sweet treats like caramel apples, homemade taffy, and milk chocolate, to name a few.

Atrium Pancakes

Fortunately, you can enjoy this meal all year, but the baked apple pancake is so much better during the fall season. You'll enjoy these delicious pancakes along with homemade apple syrup and apple slices. With other classic breakfast items like French toast, omelets, and more, it's not surprising this is one popular breakfast stop.


Similar to what Dollywood is doing, you can keep the fun going by visiting Anakeesta to experience their fall festival. During this event, you'll have delicious fall flavors waiting to hit your taste buds, from homemade Halloween cookies to specialty drinks like the Spooky Shirley Temple. When not filling your bellies, there are plenty of activities to take part in, like the popular night ride "Rail Runner."

Where to Stay in the Smokies

If there's one truth about experiencing the Smokies, it's this: It's all about enjoying time with friends and family. As such, the best way to enjoy delicious fall flavors and entertaining attractions is to reserve a spot in one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals.

Whether you need a large group cabin or want to entertain the kids with our game room cabin, there's a vacation rental guaranteed to give you what you desire while ensuring you don't miss your moment to enjoy the best places to eat during fall in the Smokies. Book your cabin now, and you'll save 15% on your nightly rate!

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