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Five Smoky Mountains Outdoor Adventures That Should Definitely Be On Your Bucket List

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If you are looking for some Smoky Mountains Outdoor adventures to do this weekend, then this Smoky Mountains Vacation Guide has everything you need. 

The Smokies is known for outdoor adventures which is why it’s the perfect vacation destination for the outdoor enthusiast.

Smoky Mountains Outdoor
Smoky Mountains Outdoor

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the go-to vacation spot of many people in the US for its unmatched beauty and the many activities available in the towns that surround it.

Where To Stay In Gatlinburg, TN?

Embark on a new adventure in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of the Smoky Mountains with a stay at Bear’s Wilderness Lodge, exclusively offered by GSM Family Vacations.

Nestled amidst the serene wilderness, this charming cabin offers a refreshing escape from the ordinary, inviting you to discover the true essence of mountain living.

What is the best month to visit Smoky Mountains?

As cliche as it sounds, anytime would be the best time to visit the Smokies if you ask me. Some people prefer the summer and some really like to revel in the beauty of the snowcapped mountains in the winter.

There are different vibes to the Smoky Mountains for every season that makes people want to go back, making it the most visited National Park in the US.

But if we rely on foot traffic, the best times to visit the Great Smoky Mountains are in summer and fall.

The busiest time in the summer is July while October weekends are full of people eager to see the colorful autumn foliage.

Smoky Mountains Outdoor Adventures

Here are 5 Smoky Mountains outdoor adventures you shouldn't miss!

More Smoky Mountains Outdoor Fun

These five outdoor adventures only scratch the surface of outdoor fun to be had in the Northeast Tennessee outdoor playground known as the Great Smoky Mountains. 

Other fun activities in and around the Smokies, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge include:

Smoky Mountains Outdoor
Smoky Mountains Outdoor

Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary

I understand how difficult it can be to plan a trip, especially if it’s your first time going. That’s why I created this 7-day itinerary for the Smoky Mountains. It outlines all of the best places to go in the area and comes with insider tips that will save you a lot of stress–trust me, they saved me when I was planning my own trip!

  • Our 7-day itinerary takes you to the best places in the Smoky Mountains.
  • You’ll get to see all the best sights and attractions with driving directions
  • The itinerary is designed to show you the most scenic routes.
  • Packing Checklist for every season.
  • You’ll have everything you need to make the most of your trip.
  • Insider Tips!

Here’s a quick overview of our Smoky Mountains 7-Day Itinerary.

  • Day 1: Cades Cove Loop
  • Day 2: Rich Mountain Road
  • Day 3: Cataloochee Valley
  • Day 4: Newfound Gap Road
  • Day 5: Roaring Fork Motor Trail
  • Day 6: Little River Road
  • Day6: Foothills Parkway

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Monday 5th of November 2018

Laurel Falls has always been one of my favorite hikes in the Smokies. Maybe because it was the first hike we ever did there with our kids when they were young. They loved the waterfall. The Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is another favorite because it is two minutes from the Visitor Center and is completely accessible. The entire loop trail is flat and paved so it's perfect for strollers and wheelchairs and still provides pretty views in a historical part of the park.


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Great tip about the hike behind the visitor's center. I'm sure we have walked that one, though my mind is not cooperating with me on remembering it. Adding it to the list to check out again. Thanks for stopping by Tonya.


Monday 5th of November 2018

I've heard about the beauty of the Smoky Mountain. Seems like the perfect place for adventure lovers. I am not a very adventurous person so probably biking or rafting there would not work for me. However, I'd love to hike in this are someday. It looks really beautiful. #TheWeeklyPostcard


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

There are definitely things to do for the less adventurous in the Smokies, especially if you enjoy eating. :) The scenic drives, shops, and now even wineries make for another fun type of adventure. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello.


Monday 5th of November 2018

I have heard so many great things about that area, I really need to go. Top of my list would be to hike in the smokies! I think the whitewater rafting would be a lot of fun too. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

You will probably know more than you want to know about the Smokies if you hang around here much. :) I love learning about England through your eyes so hopefully we can live vicariously through each other. Thanks for stopping by Anisa. Always a pleasure to hear from you. #theweeklypostcard


Friday 2nd of November 2018

You will love it when you do!!

Amy Brahan

Thursday 1st of November 2018

Sadly, we have yet to visit the Smoky Mountains! Thanks for sharing some great ideas for fun outdoor family adventures in the area.

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