One of the top reasons why people visit Gatlinburg, TN is the sheer natural beauty that surrounds it. There is nothing that rivals the gorgeous scenery that can be scene from downtown, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and, best of all, your luxury cabin rental. That is why Earth Week is so special to the people of Gatlinburg: they depend on and appreciate how important it is to take care of the environment, whether you live in a big city or a small mountain town like Gatlinburg. Even if you are not a resident, we invite you to join in the Earth Day celebrations that are scheduled for this year.
This year the celebrations will be held from April 22 to April 28. Each day features a different event that is family friendly and open to the public. Whether you will be our guest for the entire week at Elk Springs Resort, 1088 Powdermill Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738 phone: 865-233-2390 or you are staying just a few days, you can participate in the fun and learn how to help take care of the environment for generations to come. Here is a quick wrap-up of Gatlinburg’s Earth Day celebrations:
Sunday: Pull on your gym shoes and race your friends and family in the Earth Day 5K. Starts at 2 p.m. at Food City. You can register early online or on the day of the event for $30. Price includes time chips and t-shirts for all participants.
Monday: Learn how Gatlinburg and other cities stay green at the Gatlinburg Goes Green seminar. Held at the Hilton Garden Inn. Guest speakers will be present to teach you about saving the environment and saving a little green at the same time. Includes breakfast served at 8:30 am.
Tuesday: Dance, skip and sing at the Earth Day Festival held at Mynatt Park. The festivities will be held from 3 pm to 7 pm. This completely free event is a big hit for everyone in the family. Don’t forget to bring some cash for booth events and food. Sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Wednesday: If you are in town for the Wildflower Pilgrimage, you will not want to miss out on the welcome luncheon. The event will be hosted by Doug Elliot, a local storyteller and member of the Gatlinburg Garden Club. Cost is $25 per person.
Thursday: Fill your belly with some serious mountain treats at the Ribfest, Wings and Barbeque event. Held downtown from 5 pm to 9 pm. A small donation will get you a wristband to try delicious food from a variety of area restaurants and eateries.
Friday: Participate in a new annual event called Community Shred Day. Held at the Gatlinburg library from 10 am to 3 pm. For just $5 you can have all of your important documents shredded at the library. The shredded paper will be recycled and proceeds will benefit the Anna Porter Public Library.
Saturday: Bring the week to a strong finish at the Mountain Hope’s Smoky Challenge Adventure Race. It is certain to get your heart pumping! Register online early to secure a spot. Cost is $40 per person and includes t-shirt.
Of course, you can always celebrate Earth Day by relaxing in your luxury cabin rental and enjoying the natural splendor from your back porch. No matter how you choose to spend Earth Week in Gatlinburg, we are glad that you have chosen the Elk Springs Resort as your spring destination.