If you moved to East Tennessee this year, you are in for a treat in the coming months. No, we aren’t talking about Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dinner, although those are great treats. We are talking about the splendor of the fall season in East Tennessee!
Tennessee is known for its mild seasons, and fall is no exception. Temperatures stay warm, but the morning and evening air carries a slight chill making it the perfect time for a hot cup of coffee or mulled apple cider. As we begin to adorn our porches with pumpkins and add apple everything to our ClickList order, we felt it was time to share how you can make the most out of fall as a new East Tennessee resident.
Visit Nearby Family Farms
Agriculture is a strong industry in East Tennessee, so it’s no surprise we’ve turned farms into fun destinations. With just a short drive, you can visit many family farms near Knoxville where you can experience acres worth of fall activities. Make your way through a corn maze, choose a pumpkin to carve from a pumpkin patch, pick apples from an orchard or take a hayride. We recommend checking out Maple Lane Farms in Greenback, TN and Oakes Farm in Corryton, TN.
Take a Scenic Drive
Fall is the most popular season for tourism in East Tennessee, and this can be primarily attributed to the stunning scenery. Your first East Tennessee fall is not complete until you’ve taken a scenic drive to enjoy the warm hues of the fall foliage. One of the most notable fall drives is the Cades Cove Loop. This loop features several pull-offs where you can take in the mountain views and capture a few family photos. You can also visit many historic homes and churches along the route. Additionally, we recommend exploring Little River Road, Wears Valley Road, Foothills Parkway and Newfound Gap Road.
Stroll Through a Craft Fair
Handmade crochet blankets, carved wooden statues and fall-scented candles are a few among many items you will find at an East Tennessee craft fair. From September through mid-November fall craft fairs can be found just about every weekend, and they are a great place to get a headstart on your Christmas shopping. Many craft fairs include a food and beverage station where you can grab a cup of cider to sip while you shop and talk to local artisans. The best place to find out about local craft fairs is through the events tab on Facebook where you can scroll through upcoming craft fair events and note the ones you want to attend.
Sport Your Orange and White
Fall means football time in East Tennessee, so we hope you have some UT orange in your closet. Even if watching hours of football isn’t your favorite pastime, we think everyone should experience the Volunteer spirit. The Tennessee fanbase is unlike any other when it comes to community and camaraderie. Head to Volunteer Village to enjoy good food, music and games before any UT home game and cheer on the team during the Vol Walk. Whether you have tickets to the game or you prefer to watch it from your favorite local bar, you will have a great time experiencing the buzzing energy of Tennessee football fans.
There is no shortage of fall activities in East Tennessee, so grab your calendar and choose a few dates to get out and enjoy some fall fun!