Outdoor Activities

Gatlinburg Ziplines – The Ultimate Guide to Smokies Ziplines

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If you’re feeling a bit adventurous and looking for some unique fun, ziplining might be just the activity you and your family or friends could enjoy. images courtesy of Legacy Mountain Ziplines Imagine a thick steel cable strongly anchored from higher elevation and running down above the trees to a finishing place lower down the… Read more »

Gatlinburg Riding Stables – Horseback Riding in the Smokies

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There are lots of riding stables and a wonderful variety of terrain throughout all the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains available for horseback riders visiting Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. You can pick a trail ride that suits all your family members, from youngest to eldest, many with guided tours and even dinners by a… Read more »

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Report: Current Conditions on the Mountain

Here are today’s slope and ski conditions for Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, high above Gatlinburg on the slopes of Mount Harrison, and one of Tennessee’s most popular attractions. To reach the slopes you can drive the winding mountain road – but for more fun take the Aerial Tramway, which leaves every 20 minutes from downtown… Read more »

Best Hiking Trails In Gatlinburg: Our Favorite Hikes

Hiking is an activity almost everyone can enjoy, whether you go on paved nature trails, campground walks, mountainous terrain, or backcountry territory. There are more than 800 miles of trails leading to cascading waterfalls, beautiful vistas, and quiet meadows. The trails wind through deep forests, on high ridge tops, and along rushing streams. One of… Read more »

Place of a Thousand Drips: The Smoky Mountains Best Waterfall

There are only two waterfalls in all of Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can drive to, and one of them is called Place of a Thousand Drips. This waterfall is so named because it’s a lacework of many small waterfalls rather than one big one. It’s an easily missed sight, visible towards the… Read more »

A Walk in the Woods: Smoky Mountain Guided Hiking & Nature Tours

If you’ve tried some of the Scenic Drives & Easy Hikes we recommend, you may want to deepen your appreciation of the Smoky Mountains. You can become a hiker-naturalist in an instant, with personal help from experienced guides. Book a guided tour in Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the nationally renowned nature-guide service, A… Read more »

Mountain Biking in the Smokies – The Best Places Near Gatlinburg

Mountain Bike Stores and Rentals: Shifting Gears on 636 Middle Creek Road in Gatlinburg. Call 865-908-1999 for more info. Bicycling in the Smokies Bicycles can travel on most roads within the park. However, due to steep terrain, narrow road surfaces, and heavy automobile traffic, many park roads are not well suited for safe and enjoyable… Read more »

Scenic Drives and Easy Hikes in the Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular park in the nation. With more than 800 miles of trails that lead to waterfalls, stunning vistas, peaceful meadows and a diverse variety of plant and wildlife, the Park offers a vast range of hiking and viewing-point options. Here are some recommended scenic drives and light… Read more »

Take a Hike / Scavenger Hunt in the Smoky Mountains

Before embarking on your Gatlinburg cabin vacation or Pigeon Forge cabin vacation, consider adding one of these hiking guides to your suitcase: The Smoky Mountain Scavenger Hike Adventures help you explore these woods in a new light. To unveil true hiking mysteries, carry this scavenger hiking guide with you, choose a trail to explore, and… Read more »

Fly Fishing & Hunting in the Smokies With Rocky Top Outfitters

For some of the finest trout fishing, area hunting, and area tournaments around, visit Rocky Top Outfitters for days of fun in the Great Smoky Mountains. A stay at your Gatlinburg cabin rental or Pigeon Forge cabin rental will elevate to new levels of enjoyment when you spend a day or half a day in… Read more »

Fishing in Gatlinburg – Where to Go, What to Bring

The Smokies are known for their native brook and brown trout, and Gatlinburg and the National Park are crawling (or should we say swimming?) with over 900 miles of rivers and streams that are just waiting for you to cast your line. Before you pack up your tackle box, however, there are local and state… Read more »

Ober Gatlinburg and the Aerial Tramway

Ober Gatlinburg is Gatlinburg’s own ski resort, and one of Tennessee’s top attractions. A year-round playground of mountain fun and amazing scenic views, Ober Gatlinburg offers an adventure even getting there, on one of America’s largest Aerial Tramways. The cable car departs regularly every 20 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg going directly to the ski resort.The… Read more »

Winter Tour of Lights by Trolley in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

UPDATE – As of 2015, Pigeon Forge is no longer offering the Winter Tour. The City provides a map of the best lights and a recommended, self-drive tour. The trolley system is still as great as ever! There are many millions of colored and animated lights that come alive during the Winter Magic and Winterfest… Read more »

Hot Air Balloon Rides in Gatlinburg

High atop the Great Smoky Mountains, you may even be able to see your Gatlinburg rental cabin or your Pigeon Forge rental cabin from the air, depending on which way the wind blows – Smoky Mountain Balloon Adventures offers the exhilarating chance to climb high in a hot air balloon, breathe in the peace surrounding the… Read more »

Public Parks in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the doorstep, it’s often overlooked that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have some fine public parks to enjoy. These are great places to get out of the bustle and stroll or picnic. Visitors who seek out our Gatlinburg cabin rentals or a Pigeon Forge cabin rental have a… Read more »

Pigeon Forge Weather

Every season in the Smoky Mountains has its own special charm, from the colors of fall to the wonderland of winter, to brilliant sunshine in spring and summer. Many attractions are year-round in Pigeon Forge, while some depend on certain seasons. Either way, it’s important to know what the weather will be like when you… Read more »

Gatlinburg Weather

From the colors of fall to winter wonderland, to brilliant sunshine in spring and summer, there’s never an off-season in the Smokies. Most restaurants and attractions are now year-round in Pigeon Forge. The National Park Service publishes average temperatures along with rain and snowfall (listed below) to help you determine the best time to come… Read more »