Springtime in the Smokies is the perfect time to shake off the rust of winter and enjoy the incredible variety of things to do in the Smoky Mountains. After a winter of snowy hibernation, the park comes alive in March and April, with waterfalls swollen with wintry precipitation to dozens of different wildflowers. The Smoky Mountains National Park is for more than just hikers, though, with plenty of outdoor sports and adventures. Book one of our cabins in Gatlinburg as your base camp and explore the great outdoors.
Wildflowers and Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains National Park
The best way to enjoy spring in the Smoky Mountains National Park is to go for a walk. There are some interesting walks in Elkmont, a ghost town that the National Park Service is renovating. You might find a variety of forms of transport on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, where llamas carry packs past beautiful waterfalls and spring colors.
For a beautiful spring hike to one of the numerous cascades in the Smoky Mountains National Park, walk to Rainbow Falls. A moderate hike of 5.4 miles, the trip to Rainbow Falls is along a recently renovated trail, which now features a clearer and more accessible trail. With 624 feet of elevation gained per mile, this is a fairly strenuous hike, but those who complete it will see the highest of all the Smoky Mountain waterfalls. On sunny afternoons, the mist from the falls will often create a rainbow for an even more picturesque vista.
If you are not much of a walker, there are still multiple ways to enjoy nature. Drive to Clingmans Dome for 360-degree panoramas that take in Tennessee and North Carolina. Watching the sun rise or set from the viewpoint is an experience you are sure not to forget. You can even enjoy the Smokies from your car on the Foothills Parkway, which recently underwent significant expansion.
Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains for Adventurous Types
A totally different way of enjoying the many water features in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is by going whitewater rafting. With various sections of exciting rapids, you can enjoy one of several two-hour trips through Class I and Class II rapids, with just enough excitement for children to enjoy without being scared.
For those considering adrenaline-fueled things to do in the Smoky Mountains, you do not have stick to water to find a thrill. There are multiple places to go ziplining, with some amazing adventure courses set atop the forest canopy. Mountain biking, skydiving, and outdoor roller coasters give you multiple options to enjoy the Smokies at speed.
Whichever you choose, reserve one of our cabins in Gatlinburg and enjoy your downtime as well. Our chalets in the Smokies all come with full kitchens, fireplaces, and plenty of space whatever the size of your group. Many also have a laundry area, a jacuzzi or hot tub, and grills, making your stay in the Smokies even better.