Outdoor Things To Do In Gatlinburg



With some of the best hiking, rafting, and scenic views in the USA, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains offer endless recreational opportunities for every outdoor enthusiast.


With over 800 miles of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, outdoor enthusiasts can explore a diverse range of hiking paths.

View More


Hiking Trails near Gatlinburg

Alum Cave Trail

Rainbow Falls Trail

Charlies Bunion

Abrams Falls Trail

White Water Rafting

For those looking for a thrill, Gatlinburg is home to several whitewater rafting companies that offer trips down the Pigeon River.

Lower Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Family friendly rafting tour!

Upper Pigeon River Rafting Tour

Challenging adventure!

Scenic Drives

There are many scenic drives in Gatlinburg, such as the Newfound Gap Road and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which takes you through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ober Gatlinburg

You can ride the Aerial Tramway to the top of Ober Gatlinburg for some stunning views, or go Skiing, snowboarding & tubing during winter.

There are also hiking trails, a wildlife encounter, a mountain coaster, and so much more!

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

This park features scenic chairlifts that take you up to the top of Crockett Mountain. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of Gatlinburg and the Smokies.


Anakeesta is a great place to explore the outdoors with its zip lines, rope courses, treehouses, and more. You can also take a scenic gondola ride up to the top of the mountain.

Mountain Coaster Ride

Soar through the trees and control your own speed as you wind your way down the mountain on a roller coaster-like track for an unforgettable experience.

Where to stay in Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts District Less than 10 minutes from Downtown Gatlinburg

Bear’s Wilderness Lodge

Next Up

Best Time To Visit Gatlinburg, TN