UPDATE – Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed for two weeks to flatten the curve of the epidemic spread. Plans are to re-open on April 7, 2020. The scenic drives listed below are open except for the roads in the national park.
Even with a world of entertainment and relaxation right there in your vacation cabin, if you want to get outdoors and explore, there are many easy ways. You can get close to many scenic wonders and still remain in your car, as well as sample many easy walks and other ways to enjoy Great Smoky Mountains National Park without a lot of effort – and all of it is free of charge.
So here’s our Big List of outdoor adventures in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area.
Images courtesy of the Sky Lift
If you’re looking for breathtaking, panoramic views of Gatlinburg, TN and the surrounding Smoky Mountains, opt for the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. One of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg, the Sky Lift offers an uplifted excursion for the whole family.
The Sky Lift takes passengers 1,800 feet high atop Crockett Mountain, which many people call Gatlinburg’s #1 scenic overlook. From the ride up and the top you can see downtown Gatlinburg’s attractions – maybe you can even see your cabin!
All the moisture in the air from evaporation and precipitation makes the Smoky Mountains a temperate rain forest, and gives us the mist that mixes the light of the sun in wonderful ways. (more…)