Smoky Mountain Highs & Family Adventures

Smoky Mountains

Experience natural beauty and adventure. Make family memories on a trek to Andrews Bald’s magnificent views. Fly above the trees on a zip line. Soak up Appalachian culture and browse authentic handicrafts. Scream yourself silly on Dollywood’s coasters, and tap your toes at the musical shows. Shop designer names at Sevierville outlets. The Great Smoky Mountains will call you back again and again.

Youll get a magical feeling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Youre in the presence of something fresh and, yet, ancient. The oldest mountains in the world. A preserve of wildflowers, old-growth forests and rushing mountain streams. The Smokies. Its the ultimate getaway.

Bring your camera. The park has panoramic vistas with cascading rivers and majestic forests. Venture out on horseback at Sugarlands, and then cool off by rafting the Pigeon River. Cycle the 11-mile Cades Cove loop for some of the parks best wildlife viewing. Learn about cantilevered barns and that mysterious blue haze over the mountains. Take the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to see 1,600 kinds of flowering plants. Study the wildlife. In addition to the 1,500 bears in the park, the Smokies has more salamanders than anywhere else on earth! 

Hike Abrams Falls and Mt. LeConte. Find a waterfall. The Smokies is a hikers paradise with more than 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short walks to strenuous treks that call for backcountry camping. The Appalachian Trail gives you a unique perspective with 70 miles of crestline trail. Cosby, with great campgrounds and a spacious picnic area, is a favorite among locals for the popular day hike to Sutton Ridge Overlooks spectacular panorama. 

Visit the charming mountain town of Gatlinburg, filled with shops and places to play. Be sure to stop in Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and other attractions. Try skiing or the luge at Ober GatlinburgTravel the talent-rich, eight-mile loop of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Take time to appreciate the lost arts here, and take home a treasure.

In Pigeon Forge, Dolly Partons Splash Country is a guaranteed good time with waves of fun. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at the Island gives a birds-eye view of the area. Go upside down at WonderWorks or get lost in the stories of the Titanic. Play the day away at arcades and games centers. Try zip lining or whitewater rafting.

Savor the Smokies at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel and resort on a 4,200-acre estate. You’ll experience a gracious taste of genteel hospitality and a feast of farm-to-table Southern cuisine. Visit the less-traveled Townsend, on the peaceful side of the Smokies. A lifetime of adventure is here in the Smokies.

Experience the Smoky Mountains

Centered around the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area welcomes you with a rich arts and crafts tradition, family-friendly small towns and musical shows, fantastic views and recreation in the great outdoors.


Smoky Mountains Mar 31 - Apr 4 Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show Gatlinburg, TN Unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 10 Wine, Dine And Art Crawl Gatlinburg, TN Explore the historic Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community on a private tour of participating galleries, restaurants and wineries. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 11 Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest Gatlinburg, TN Sample wines from Tennessee wineries along with small dish fare from some of the best restaurants in the Smoky Mountains. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 11 Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest Gatlinburg, TN Enjoy wines from over 15 Tennessee Wineries all in one location! The Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest will be held at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on Saturday April 11th from 1pm - 6pm. learn more Smoky Mountains Apr 17 - 19 Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival Townsend, TN Join us to enhance your skills and creativity and to pursue interests in fiber arts. See the fiber on the hoof and foot--llamas, sheep, goats, and angora rabbits. Learn through beginner and advanced classes, demonstrations, and interaction with fiber artists. Instruction and demonstration will focus on the “sheep to shawl” concept - transforming fleece into finished goods and art pieces. Vendors will offer supplies, tools, handspun and hand dyed yarn, and finished goods. More information on www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org. learn more

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