5 Fun Activities to Try in the Smoky Mountains

Hiking in the Smokies

The Smoky Mountains are one of the country’s greatest natural treasures and a terrific vacation destination. If you’re planning your next vacation, consider venturing to the Smoky Mountains. Whether you are doing a solo trip, planning a romantic getaway with your significant other, or preparing for a family adventure, there are countless activities to do in the Smokies to fill up your trip. Here are some of the top things to put on your itinerary that won’t be far from your hotel rooms in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Hiking the Smokies

Hiking is beneficial to include in any vacation because it is a cheap activity that will get you moving in the great outdoors. Fortunately, the Smoky Mountains are full of amazing hiking opportunities. Head to Great Smoky National Park where there are more than 150 hikes to choose from, ranging in length and difficulty so you are sure to find one that suits you. If you are feeling especially ambitious, conquer one of the many mountains and hike all the way to the peak. You are sure to get a rush while standing at the summit and enjoying an incredible view. Maybe you can even watch the sunset if you plan it perfectly. Consider visiting the Smoky Mountains in the fall since you won’t get a better view than hiking through the beautiful colored leaves.

Gatlinburg Strip

Since Gatlinburg is famous for being a mountain resort city, there are many attractions within a short drive. However, you don’t have to venture far to fill your day full of fun activities if you head to the Gatlinburg Strip. If you’re staying close enough, you can likely walk from your hotel to explore this amazing area that is full of distilleries, delicious restaurants, an aquarium, endless amounts of shopping, and some incredible arts and crafts. You can walk along the Pigeon River, listen to live music, ride the trolley, or take a ride on the Gatlinburg sky lift.

Whitewater River Rafting Fun

White Water Rafting

If you are looking for a more fast-paced and exciting activity, white water rafting is for you. Pigeon River is a popular place to raft, and there are companies that can set you up with everything you need. Ride some waves while enjoying some amazing sites of the Smoky Mountains. Though your adrenaline will be pumping while conquering the rapids, you will have time in between to relax and take in the sights.


Dollywood is one of the most popular attractions in the Smoky Mountains, and for good reason. This amusement park is filled with amazing rides, entertainment, shops, and food. This destination is especially popular and enjoyed among families since there is something for all ages.

Zip Lining

Zip lining is a popular activity in the Smoky Mountains because of the heights and the amazing views. Again, if you are looking for a rush of adrenaline, zip lining is another great option—not to mention a great bonding experience for your family or friends. Fortunately, there is no reason to be nervous since an experienced guide will be there every step of the experience.

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