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Hiking in the Smokies is one of the most popular outdoor adventures with hiking trails throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Why Vacation In Gatlinburg And Pigeon Forge TN?

This post is only Part 1 in a 6-Part series of all the reasons you will enjoy vacationing in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas. Here’s what you’ll discover:

Part 1 – Outdoor Adventures

Part 2 – Dollywood Is Ranked One Of The Best Theme Parks In The WORLD

Part 3 – Smoky Mountain Attractions

Part 4 – Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping

Part 5 – Where To Stay In The Smokies

Part 6 – Frequently Asked Questions about Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee United States.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Views in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, United States

Part 1 – Outdoor Adventures

There’s fun on every Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge street and plenty outdoor mountain adventures.  You may already know that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is the foothills and entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

There are so many reasons to vacation in our area so today we’re only going to talk about the outdoor adventures you, your family, and your group can enjoy.

Wahoo Ziplines are 2 miles of pure fun in the Smokies.

There are all kinds of outdoor activities, and you’re close to them all Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  Looking for a awesome, unique view of the Smokies, then Zipline Tours is a MUST for a phenomenal outdoor experience! Just imagine zipping 2 miles through the Smoky Mountains, experiencing flight at its most exciting.  An outdoor adventure you won’t soon forget!  And I hear (based on several TripAdvisor Reviewers) the guides are patient, helpful, friendly, humorous, and so much fun!

Horseback riding is very popular with people who love the outdoors.  And speaking of the outdoors, you’ll want the great outdoor adventure of white water rafting during May thru August.  For a lazier, slower outdoor adventure with water, you may want to try tubing during May thru August.


Ober Gatlinburg offers great skiing and snowboarding in the winter.Mountain coasters have joined the outdoor attractions in the area with some coasters featuring plenty of tunnels, curves, and 360 degree turns.

Ober Gatlinburg is a year-round activities center with skiing in winter.  And don’t worry, if there isn’t enough snow, they make their own.  In the summer months there is the Alpine Slide, mini golf, and wildlife encounters.  The mall has plenty of shopping and dining.

For you golfers, we have you covered.  There are two golf courses in the area with the Gatlinburg Golf Course and the Sevierville Golf course.


You can enjoy golfing in Seviervile, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.


Let’s not forget to mention the outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Hiking trails are rated easy to difficult throughout the park.  You’ll enjoy some of the most beautiful scenes every season of the year.  Take your camera to keep your memories fresh.

Each trip into the Smoky Mountains is unique and filled with awesome views.If you’re like me, I love to do things on my own and I also like to have a guide for the best experiences.  To really enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment with talented guides, you’ll want to take advantage of the these guided tours:  Holiday Lights Jeep Tours (only available during Winterfest), Foothills Parkway Tour, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Tour, and Newfound Gap Tour.

Outdoors in the Smoky Mountains area offers plenty of things to do and fun activities.  No matter how many times you visit the Smokies, you’ll have plenty of outdoor adventures.  And you can expect that these adventures will be unique every season of the year.



Get started planning your outdoor adventures and your vacation to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains today.