This Smoky Mountains getaway has more scarecrows than residents!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
October 24, 2019
Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

This fall in the Great Smoky Mountains is a leaf-peeper's paradise, but more scarecrows than people may be enjoying the scenery around town this year.

Yes, you read that right. Earlier this month, the bustling small town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee—which has about 4,100 residents—smashed the Guinness World Record for Largest Display of Scarecrows with 4,325 scarecrows in the downtown area. The new record breaks the standing one by 513 scarecrows, previously claimed in the English town of Burton-Upon-Trent, which displayed 3,812 scarecrows. To become official, Gatlinburg's video-documented attempt will have to be verified by Guinness World Records.

"Scarecrows are the obvious addition to Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival decorations displayed throughout the City," said Mark Adams, CEO/President Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a press release. "Being home to a Guinness World Records Attraction makes Gatlinburg the perfect location to hold the record for most scarecrows. We are hopeful that we met all the criteria necessary to attain the record. "

For the record-breaking attempt, many local business owners and community members, along with the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community came together to make these picturesque autumnal displays for what has been dubbed the "Scarecrow Trail." If your travels take you to Gatlinburg this fall, be sure to admire these beautiful pieces, which bolsters the town's fall curb appeal during their annual Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. In addition to the Scrarecrow Trail, the festival includes craft shows, musical performances, and more fall fun.

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While in town, be sure to walk across the recently opened Gatlinburg SkyBridge. We can't promise a scarecrow will hold your hand for moral support, but you can grab our sweaty palm and walk the bridge with us.

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