If we had it our way, white water rafting at Smoky Mountain Outdoors would be a year round activity! Unfortunately, the cool fall and winter weather in East Tennessee means that we can only offer rafting adventures during the spring and summer months. If you will be visiting the Smokies during our off season, however, there are still a number of excellent ways to enjoy the great outdoors during your vacation. To help you make the most of your trip, we have put together a guide to three of our favorite Smoky Mountain activities for the off season:
1. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800 miles of beautiful trails to explore! If you will be visiting the area in the cooler months like October, you can plan to take a hike through the park to see all the beauty the Smoky Mountains hold. Hiking in the Smokies is one of the very best ways to get an up close view of East Tennessee’s breathtaking fall foliage. With red, yellow, and orange leaves of every shade and hue, the autumn colors in the mountains are absolutely majestic.
No matter which hike you choose, whether it be a hike to one of our beautiful waterfalls or a hike to the top of Clingmans Dome to see the stunning mountain vistas, you will love exploring the most popular National Park in the country. Hikes range from moderate to strenuous, so be sure to research your chosen trail before you set out, or stop by the Suglarlands Visitors Center to get inside information from one of our knowledgeable Park Rangers!
2. Go Ziplining and Mountain Biking at CLIMB Works
Ziplining and mountain biking are two of the best Smoky Mountain activities to enjoy during the off season, and you can do both at CLIMB Works! This fun attraction is home to 9 incredible zipline courses that border the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on three sides. You will enjoy spectacular scenery as you whizz through the mountains on your canopy tour.
CLIMB Works also offers awesome mountain bike trails that are great for both seasoned riders and beginners. Visitors are welcome to bring their own bicycle, or you can rent a top of the line Trek mountain bike right at CLIMB Works. In addition to trails that run through the forest, bikers can also conquer “The Curliest”, a wooden roller coaster-like path that is sure to get your heart racing!
3. Take a Camping Trip
The off season is also a wonderful time to take a camping trip in the Smokies! When you stay at Pigeon River Campground, you can enjoy all of the fantastic things to see and do in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the nearby Cherokee National Forest. Offering tent camping, cabins by the river, and RV campsites, Pigeon River Campground provides a variety of ways to spend the weekend immersed in nature.
We hope that these Smoky Mountain activities will help fill the rafting-sized hole in your heart until next season. Of course, it’s never too early to begin thinking about your next adventure on the Pigeon River. Here are 4 reasons to start planning your next Smoky Mountain rafting adventure today!