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Pigeon Forge Tourism

Weather Overview

Afternoon thunderstorms are not rare during the summer so it is a good idea to be mindful of the potential for storms as the day heats up. The summer heat lasts until late September, when cooler weather begins to settle in, bringing with it the color spectacular of changing leaves in the Smokies, which peak in mid to late October, depending on weather conditions such as the amount of rain as well as duration and frequency of cool nights. Snow is possible in the Pigeon Forge Area from late November through late March, but accumulation is not always guaranteed when snow begins to fall.

Seasonal Temperatures

Weather and Climate Information:

The weather is comfortable in Pigeon Forge. You will find that it is neither too hot or too cold, as these average temperatures show. The hottest days of summer reach the upper nineties, usually in the month of August, but temperatures in the eighties are the most common in summertime.

Month Average High Average Low

Mountain Climate and Weather

Great Smoky Mountains Weather Information:

Remember that higher elevations in the mountains will have different weather. The Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest because when warm moist air from the valley ascends into the cooler air of the mountains, the water vapor in the air condenses and rain falls. The highest elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains are comparable to Canada in terms of weather and even wildlife.

A detailed weather forecast for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is available by dialing 865-436-1200. Take note of a trail's elevation before departing and always be prepared for rain or snow. This park is a temperate rainforest; it rains quite often!

Wear layers of clothing to best prepare for weather conditions in the mountains. Always take rain protection when hiking in the mountains. Even during the summer, hypothermia can take hold when a summer downpour soaks through clothing.

Fall Color Viewing

When do the leaves change color? Usually the last two weeks of October offer the most vibrant views of the leaves, though the color transformation varies according to the year's temperature. Cooler temperatures and higher elevation will cause the leaves to change sooner. Before you visit, you can get a Fall Foliage Report from the U.S. Forest Service by visiting