Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg

Experience the Glory of Nature in Gatlinburg  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is right at our doorstep.  Whether you plan to hike with the littlest members of the family or set off for a backcountry campout with friends, Gatlinburg is the perfect basecamp for your adventure. Enjoy a day splashing down the river at one of Gatlinburg's three rafting outfitters. Breathe in the mountain air as you explore the many outdoor attractions along the Parkway. If you are seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, you can find yourself completely immersed in nature just a moment’s drive from town. Trails to waterfalls, historic sites and magnificent overlooks are all within easy reach of Gatlinburg. 

It’s no coincidence that they’re called “The Great Outdoors” and “The Great Smoky Mountains.” They’re all great, and Gatlinburg is full of great outdoor activities for everyone.


From a walk among wildflowers to a serious backcountry trek, hikers of all skill levels begin memorable Appalachian adventures in Gatlinburg on Smoky...

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No experience is necessary, so get ready to rock the rapids! With exciting class-III and -IV rapids, whitewater rafting in Tennessee begins right...

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If you’re planning a Gatlinburg adventure, stop by one of our Gatlinburg outdoor stores. Offering everything you need for Smoky Mountain hikes,...

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Cyclists will find several options for riding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The most popular of the Gatlinburg bike trails is Cades...

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Bird Watching

Bring your binoculars and your logbook, because there are over 240 species in the mountain woods and many birds native to Tennessee. You never know...

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Camping in the Smoky Mountains | Gatinburg, TN

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City Parks

Walk or jog on some of the best trails in Gatlinburg. Let the kids loose on a playground, or rent a picnic pavilion for a family get-together in a...

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Whether you’re new to fishing or an experienced angler, Gatlinburg and the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains are great places to cast a line....

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Gatlinburg Golf Course

Teeing off is a little different in the mountains. The natural landscape in Gatlinburg makes for quite a few uniquely designed holes. Grab your clubs...

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Guided Nature Tours

Take a guided backpacking trip or day hike and experience a side of the Smokies that the average traveler never gets to see. On these supported, safe...

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Horseback Riding

Saddle up and head out for a Gatlinburg horseback riding adventure! There’s no experience quite like horseback riding in the Smokies. Enjoy...

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When you take a family ziplining trip, you’ll see our beautiful mountain ranges from a totally new perspective. Whether it’s the first...

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