5 Fun Activities to Enjoy in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the Spring

Spring is the perfect time for a vacation in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains! When the last traces of winter fade away, the cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg host a number of wonderful events that draw millions of visitors to the area. To help you make the most of your getaway, Alpine Mountain Chalets has put together a guide to five of the best activities vacationers can enjoy in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the spring.

1. Wildflower Hikes

Spring brings a beautiful array of wildflowers to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In fact, the Smokies are sometimes referred to as “Wildflower National Park” because of all the gorgeous blooms in the area. The months of April, May, and June all offer tremendous wildflower viewing opportunities. Here are a few of the best hikes for seeing flowers in the national park:

  • Cove Hardwood Self-guiding Nature Trail
  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail
  • Gregory Ridge Trail (first 2 miles)
  • Little River Trail (mid-March through April)
  • Porters Creek Trail (late March through April, first 1.5 miles)

If you’re interested in taking a guided hike in the national park, consider signing up for the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in April.

2. Car ShowsClassic cars at a show.

Pigeon Forge is famous for its spring car shows! Thousands of classic car owners drive to the Smokies each year to show off their hot rods and compete for cash prizes. Even if you don’t have a muscle car of your own, just admiring all of the beautiful vehicles is a lot of fun. Here are some of the popular car shows scheduled for this spring:

3. Dollywood Festivals

No visit to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the spring is complete without a trip to Dollywood! The South’s best theme park hosts two incredible festivals during the spring months that you don’t want to miss:

  • The Festival of Nations brings musicians, dancers, acrobats, and entertainers from all around the world to Dollywood for an amazing celebration in mid-March and early April.
  • The Barbeque & Bluegrass Festival in late May and early June showcases two Tennessee traditions: mouthwatering Southern BBQ and toe-tapping music. Some of the best bluegrass bands from around the country will perform at the festival!

4. Easter Celebrations

Easter is a wonderful time to visit the Smoky Mountains. Here are a few holiday events that are great for the whole family:

  • The Easter Craft Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center is a great opportunity to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs and gifts made by the talented artisans in the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.
  • On Easter morning, Ober Gatlinburg will host a special sunrise worship service on the top of Mt. Harrison. The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway will take guests up to the mountain free of charge for this unforgettable event.

Dolly Parton at her Homecoming Parade in Pigeon Forge.5. Dolly’s Homecoming Parade

In early May, the Smoky Mountains welcome their favorite daughter back home with a special parade! Thousands of people line the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to see Dolly Parton wave to them from atop a festive float. Dolly’s Homecoming Parade is always a beautifully executed event, with marching bands, awesome floats, military veterans, and appearances from local entertainers.

When you stay with Alpine Mountain Chalets, you will be near all of the best activities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in the spring. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 8 bedroom lodges, we are sure to have the perfect cabin for your getaway. To start planning your next vacation, browse our selection of cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!


Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.