Best Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains In Summer

Best Things To Do In The Smoky Mountains In Summer


From exhilarating hikes to serene waterfalls, and everything in between, discover the best ways to make the most of your summer escape in the Smokies.

White Water Rafting

This summer activity is a  must-have if you want a  break from the usual hiking  and sightseeing. 

Lower Pigeon River Tours

Relax  & Chill!

Lower Pigeon River Tours


Dollywood Vacation

Their Summer Celebration  offers extended hours, nightly  fireworks, and other exciting  summer entertainment  for the whole family. 

Summertime Hike

With over 800 miles of  hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,  you’ll never run out of options.

See Breathtaking Waterfalls

Be sure to visit these amazing  waterfall trails before the  summer ends. -Laurel Falls trail -Abrams Falls Trail -Big Creek / Mouse Creek FallsTrail -Grotto Falls Trail

Climb The Highest Peaks

You can drive up nearly to  the summit of the  Clingmans dome which  is the highest of them all. 

Explore Cades Cove

Barns, churches, historic  homes, and other buildings  constructed by early settlers are to be seen in this historical  place. Plus, you’ll also get to  see wildlife like black bears,  deers, bobcats, Raccoons,  and more.

Rent a Mountain Cabin

With serene wooded views, incredible amenities, and plenty of entertainment options – you’ll never want to leave this cozy hideaway.

Ride a Mountain Coaster

Marvel at panoramic views  of the Smoky Mountains  as you navigate through  thrilling drops and  exhilarating curves.

Snow tubing in Summer

Escape the summer heat  and embark on a thrilling adventure unlike any other  at Pigeon Forge Snow,  the USA's first indoor snow  tubing park open year-round. 

Pontiacs In Pigeon Forge  (May 30 – Jun 1, 2024)

Summer festivals & Events

A Mountain Quiltfest (Jun 3-6, 2024)

July Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair  (Jul 12-21, 2024)

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion  (Aug 22-24, 2024)


Summer Packing List For the Smokies