Things to Do in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is one of the premier vacation destinations in the southeast, and with 11 million visitors each year there's a reason people keep coming back to vacation here, time and time again. Not only is Gatlinburg nestled in the heart of the stunning and majestic Great Smoky Mountains, this quaint mountain town offers a wealth of attractions and adventures for visitors of all ages.
One of the best parts of any vacation is the anticipation, those daydreams of fun and relaxation that keep you going through the grind of a long work week or school day. Our Vacation Guide will not only provide you with the tools to plan your stay, but your anticipation and excitement will continue to grow as you prepare for an unforgettable vacation.
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The Great Outdoors
With over 2,000 miles of streams within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundaries, there is a wide variety of fly fishing experiences for anglers of all ages and skill sets.
With over 800 miles of hiking trails the Great Smoky Mountains National Park features a variety of hiking trails of all lengths and varieties.
Hug winding curves, and enjoy an outdoor thrill like no other on some of the highest elevations in the Southeast.
The Appalachian Mountain Chain Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina is home to fantastic skiing, snowboarding and tubing.
Run the River Wild, and experience the wonder and thrill of the Great Smoky Mountains from a different vantage point, rambling the whitewater rapids of the Pigeon River.
Get your blood pumping and adrenaline flowing as you fly down the mountains and soar through the tree tops on one of the many spectacular zip lining adventures Gatlinburg and area have to offer.
Swimming and Tubing
Experience the Great Smoky Mountains from a different vantage point- the water- by taking a dip or trip down some of the clearest, cleanest mountain streams or rivers in the Southeastern US. Whether you choose to brave the rapids or opt for a gentler float or splash downstream these pure waters are guaranteed to delight and rejuvenate you!
Activities & Attractions
Take on the challenge and exhilaration of golfing through valleys, lush forest and teeing off from elevated tee boxes.
Experience the panoramic views and scenic mountain vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains.
If retail therapy is on your vacation itinerary, the Gatlinburg area offers an incredible amount of shopping opportunities.
Gatlinburg offers families and visitors endless fun and amusement. Being bored is impossible.
Rocky Top Sports World
Taking sports facilities to a whole new level. Rocky Top Sports World is an 80 acre state-of-the-art sports campus in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.
From quirky to classic, historic relics to the impossibly weird, the greater Gatlinburg area hosts a variety of eclectic museums, diversions, and one-of-kind attractions. Explore these curiosities and you're sure to discover hollywood personalities, ancient trivia, artifacts and much more.
From the native Cherokee that roamed this land to the original homesteaders to the Gatlinburg area-the Ogle family, and of course the monumental creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Gatlinburg area has a rich and vibrant history that is sure to fascinate and intrigue.
Whether you're a country, blue grass, rock or pop fan, the musical offerings are diverse and unique like the town.
Arts & Crafts
Creativity runs deep here; arts and crafts lovers will rejoice in the abundance of visual arts available in Gatlinburg.
Best In Show
Born in the Smoky Mountains, Dolly Parton put this region on the map. See why so many other country music stars and entertainers call East Tennessee home. With an array of talented showman, and superb live entertainment for the whole family, visitors to the area will revel in their options of music, dinner theatre, magic, comedy, variety shows and more.
Fresh air, blossoming flowers, spring showers, and fun activities await you in Spring.
Gatlinburg is bustling in summer and there is no shortage of events that entertain enhance your experience.
Spectacular fall foliage, festivals and activities await you during this breathtaking time of year.
Warm up with action packed activities and events to partake in during the cool Gatlinburg winter.