Here at Rocky Top Sports World, fall is one of our favorite times of the year! With cool, comfortable weather, the autumn climate in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is ideal for outdoor activities. Of course, Gatlinburg is also famous for its beautiful fall foliage. With over 100 species of trees in the Smokies, the area offers some of the most spectacular red, orange, and yellow leaves in North America.
This fall, we invite you to visit Gatlinburg for a tournament at Rocky Top Sports World. In addition to enjoying some great competition at our state-of-the-art sports campus, you will also have the chance to see the incredible autumn leaves in the Smoky Mountains. Read on for a quick look at everything visitors can take advantage of this season.
Peak Season for Fall Foliage
Pinpointing the best time to see the fall colors is difficult, because weather conditions cause it to change a bit each year. However, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind as you plan a leaf-peeping trip.
Fall colors come to the highest elevations of the Smokies during late September and early October. This period of time is perfect for a visit to Clingmans Dome, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In the lower elevations, the colors typically hit their peak in the last two weeks of October and the first week of November. We recommend driving through Cades Cove during this time. The colors are absolutely extraordinary, and you may see some of the area’s iconic wildlife.
Rocky Top Sports World is hosting a number of wonderful events in October, so you can check out the leaves during your visit! Here are this year’s fall events at Rocky Top:
FC Alliance Southeast Classic (October 8-9, 2016) – This excellent soccer tournament is for both young men and young women, ages 9 – 19. Each team will play a minimum of three games, and awards will be given out to the 1st place and 2nd place teams. There will be Gold and Silver divisions for each age group.
Smoky Mountain Showdown (October 22 – 23, 2016) – Presented by Top of the Bay Lacrosse, this great tournament is for young women in the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Each game will last 45 minutes and will be played on full size regulation fields. College recruiters are expected to attend the Smoky Mountain Showdown, making this tournament a great opportunity for athletes to show off their skills.
Middle School Mania (October 29, 2016) – Middle School Mania is a fun basketball play day for both young men and young women. Each team will play at least two games. There will also be a 3-point shooting contest that is open to the first 5 male and 5 female players free of charge.
To learn more about our Smoky Mountain sports complex, check out the Rocky Top Sports World Facilities page. If you have any questions about our fall events or our campus, don’t hesitate to give us a call!