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Family Fun Things To Do In Gatlinburg In March

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In this Gatlinburg Vacation Guide we help you find all the fun things to do in Gatlinburg In March.

Things To Do In Gatlinburg In March
Things To Do In Gatlinburg In March
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Visiting Gatlinburg In March

March is an exciting month to visit Gatlinburg because Dollywood opens back up, festivals are beginning again, and while it may still be a bit cool, Spring is in the air on most days.

Beware, however, that Jack Frost and his snow have been known to make an appearance in the Smokies in March and April from time to time.

Go on a Hiking Adventure

Seasonal hiking in the Smoky Mountains also makes March a great time to visit the National Park.

March is finally the time that we start to wave goodbye to the cold and dreary winter weather. With the changing of the season, the Smoky Mountains wildflower finally starts to bloom and the deciduous trees start to come back to life again.

What better way to enjoy all of these natural wonders than hiking in Gatlinburg and The Smoky Mountains. Here are some of the best hikes to take in and near Gatlinburg.

  • Little River Trail
  • Middle Prong Trail
  • Porters Creek Trail
  • Gregory Ridge Trail
Little River Trail
Little River Trail

St. Patrick’s Day at Annakeesta

If you can plan your visit to Gatlinburg in March around St. Paddy’s day, you definitely want to check out the festivities at Annakesta. Planned activities often include:

  • Live music- Hear the bag pipes while you take in the views and sip some Irish themed cocktails or mint flavored hot cocoa
  • Dine at Clifftop’s and enjoy a special Paddy’s Day menu with special Guinness Beef Pie, Fennel sausages, Colcannon (Roasted Cabbage,Bacon, Mash Potato) red-eye gravy, fried leeks, Corned Beef and Cabbage, and other traditional Irish delights.
Anakeesta In Gatlinburg
Anakeesta- Gatlinburg

Horseback Riding

There’s nothing quite like horseback riding in the Smokies, so better saddle up and head out for a horseback riding adventure in Gatlinburg. Depending on the trail, horseback riding can last from 45 minutes to several hours.

For guided horseback riding in Smoky Mountains National Park, there are 4 riding stables available from mid-March to late November;

  • Cades Cove Riding Stables
  • Smokemont Riding Stable
  • Smoky Mountain Riding Stables
  • Sugarlands Riding Stables

Go White Water Rafting

Another exciting outdoor adventure to enjoy in Gatlinburg in March is white water rafting.

Depending on the conditions and water level, different white water rafting outfitters begin running the Upper and Lower Pigeon River in early March.

The slightly cold weather in March makes up for a more extreme Gatlinburg rafting adventure! Just to be sure, make a call ahead of time to the rafting company to know if they are operating by this time.

white water rafting


If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and seeking a fun and unique outdoor activity in Gatlinburg, Ziplining is something you and your family can enjoy.

Imagine yourself securely strapped into a slider, sliding down from the mountain top, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. Simply the best!

Here are some of the top ziplining destinations in Gatlinburg and nearby areas:

Spring Fling at Ober Gatlinburg

Although Skiing season in Ober Gatlinburg usually closes in early March, there is still something to look forward to, it’s finally Spring Fling! 

This annual crowd favorite event in Ober celebrates the successful ski season featuring pond skimming, giant slalom, high ollie competitions, and some other terrain park feature events.

Play Mini Golf

March in Gatlinburg, Tn means the start of the mini-golf season! You will find a number of mini-golf courses in Gatlinburg that offer everything from unique themes to some of the most challenging holes in town. Here are some of the best places in Gatlinburg to play mini-golf;

  • Hillbilly Golf
  • Gatlin’s Fun Center
  • Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
  • O’Bears Mini-Golf

Experience the Best Gatlinburg Attractions

Arriving at the little town of Gatlinburg, you might wonder how this small place could become so big. It’s quite easy to understand why.

Gatlinburg is the main point of entry to the Great Smoky Mountains National park and has a variety of attractions that is perfect for different types of tourists. Here are some of the best Gatlinburg attractions to enjoy in March.

Gatlinburg Space Needle
Gatlinburg Space Needle

Dining at The Best Restaurants

When you’re in Gatlinburg, Tn in March, it’s easy to get lost in the scenic mountain views and amazing local attractions.

And exploring all that’s in the itinerary can certainly work up an appetite, that’s where Gatlinburg’s popular culinary scene takes the stage.

With a smaller crowd to deal with, dining at the most popular restaurants in town means shorter wait times! Here are some of our favorite food spots in the area.

March Festivals And Events in Gatlinburg 

Aside from different attractions, the town of Gatlinburg is an extremely popular place for special events throughout the entire year. These are the festivals and events in Gatlinburg lined up for March.

Gatlinburg Improv Fest

Laugh your socks off at the Gatlinburg Improv Fest that will be held at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in downtown Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Improv fest features some of the most hilarious improv groups from the area for two days of non-stop fun.

These improv comedy acts are fun for the whole family, and if you’re lucky, you might be picked to come up on stage and join in on the fun. There will be interactive shows and workshops as well so be sure to catch that.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In Gatlinburg

Visit Gatlinburg in March for an entire week of festivities to celebrate Irish culture. This newest Gatlinburg event which started in 2021 features all things that are Irish, from traditional Irish music, food, and a lot more!. 

For four festive days, Gatlinburg will be decorated Shamrock Green with traditional Celtic music in the air complete with Irish flags and decorations. There will be a fireworks display from the Gatlinburg Convention Center on Friday night to crown the celebration.

These improv comedy acts are fun for the whole family, and if you’re lucky, you might be picked to come up on stage and join in on the fun. There will be interactive shows and workshops as well so be sure to catch that.

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