Outdoor Activities in the Smokies
Ready to get out and explore?
Whether it’s hiking the trails and finding that perfect swimming hole, white water rafting, or lazily tubing the river while soaking up the sun, there’s something for everyone in the Great Smoky Mountains! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite things to do to give you an idea…
Come on out and make an adventure of your own!
- Walker Sisters Cabin
- Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse & Cemetery
- Little River Trail
- Laurel Falls
- Meig’s Creek
- Middle Prong
- Chimney Tops
- Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Bluffs
- Charlie’s Bunion (AT)
- Ramsey’s Cascades
- Porter Creek Trail
Enjoy a walk along the paved trails and then have a game of friendly tennis on one of the six lighted tennis courts. The children can enjoy one of the two playgrounds the park offers while you are grilling up some lunch or dinner on one of the many grills.
The Riverwalk Trail is located on the east bank of the Pigeon River and is nearly two miles long! The Riverwalk Greenway is a beautiful spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy nature and serenity without ever leaving the city. The path is lit at night and there are benches to stop and enjoy the scenery.
The walking trail at Patriot Park is 1/2 a mile long. Along the path are the flags of all 50 states and several memorials to the veterans of Pigeon Forge.
A 10-mile, paved bicycle loop runs parallel with US 321 through downtown Townsend, TN. Parking is available at both ends. The paved bicycle path passes several restaurants and shops, as well as several historic sites. The mountain scenery can be enjoyed through most of the loop.
An 8.4-mile, bicycle path in Townsend, TN, from Coulter Bridge on Walland Highway (TN State Route 73) to US 321, where it merges with the Townsend Bicycle Path.
A 4.5-mile loop of downtown Townsend, starting at the Townsend Visitor Center, cross US 321 and continue straight on Asher Howard Rd., taking a left onto Old Highway 73, and then a right onto River Rd. At the end of River Rd, take the bicycle path over to Webb Rd, making a right turn. Take the next right onto Cedar Creek Road. Follow Cedar Creek Road to Wears Valley Road and turn right. Continue on Wears Valley Road until you come to Old Highway 73 again and then take a right. Continue on Old Highway 73, turn left onto Asher Howard Rd, cross US 321, and end at the Townsend Visitor Center.
An 11-mile paved loop road that tours the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From early May until late September each year, the loop road is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10:00 a.m. to allow bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy the cove. The road is open to vehicular traffic until sunset. The Cades Cove Loop can take 1.5 to 3.5 hours by bicycle to complete, depending on your physical fitness level, and how many stops you make to visit the original cabins, grist mills and churches along the way. There are many wildlife viewing opportunities as well.
There are a few steep grades and blind corners, and there are two places on the road where you must walk your bike. To shorten the loop, you can use one of two side roads. If you didn’t bring your own, bicycle rentals are available at the Cades Cove Store (865-448-9034).
- Cades Cove 11-mile paved loop
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
- New Found Gap Rd. from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, N.C.
- Foothills Parkway from Walland, TN to Chilhowee Lake, passing by Look Rock watch tower.
- Wears Valley Rd. (Hwy 321) from Walden Creek Rd. to Townsend, TN, with sweeping views of Cove Mountains.
This amazing cavern is a hidden jewel! With spectacular formations, an underground river and waterfalls, you will surely be impressed by this natural wonder under the Smokies.
A favorite summer past time is floating down the Little River in an inner tube. Several companies in Townsend, TN, offer tube rentals and shuttle service.
Favorite subjects include Spring wildflowers, Fall foliage, natural “smoke” rising over the mountaintops and valleys, and 19th century cabins, churches and grist mills.
Elk in Cataloochee, Black Bears and deer in Cades Cove.
Rafting tours take place outside of the National Park and can be arranged through several companies including Rafting in the Smokies.
Select from two beautiful courses nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Perfect location for golf and gatherings. You are hereby invited to experience The Sevierville Golf Club which is located at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains in the foothills. This is a high-quality private club that is available on a daily fee basis.
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 and test your skills on the beautiful Gatlinburg Golf Course, situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Up The Creek RV Camp
An Authentic Camping Experience
Our personal camping experience in RV parks and campgrounds across America inspired us to find the most ideal setting to create a campground with over-sized RV sites that are easily accessible. We’re a refreshing alternative to those unreasonably cramped campsites that we’ve all grown accustomed to. Nestled between two creeks, Walden Creek and Cove Creek, surrounded by magnificent hardwoods, you can relax in the shade and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the creek.
We look forward to having you as our guests!
Alison & Tony Rast, Owners & Operators