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Your Guide to the Ultimate July 4th Rafting Weekend in Gatlinburg

June 19, 2014

July 4th is fast approaching, and there is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than the Great Smoky Mountains! In addition to the famous July 4th Midnight Parade and an amazing fireworks display, the city of Gatlinburg also hosts an annual River Raft Regatta. This unmanned raft race is one of the most popular 4th of July events in the area.

After the Gatlinburg July 4th River Raft Regatta we invite you to experience a totally different rafting experience at Smoky Mountain Outdoors. We’re running whitewater rafting trips throughout the day on Saturday July 5th, so you can enjoy a weekend full of wet and wild fun! Read More

boy watching parade

Dolly Parton to Return to the Smokies for Pigeon Forge Parade

April 23, 2014

For over 25 years, the people of the Smoky Mountains have honored our most famous daughter with a parade in honor of her career, accomplishments and contribution to the area. After visiting in March to open Dollywood for the 2014 season, Dolly Parton will return to the Smoky Mountains this spring as Grand Marshal to her very own Pigeon Forge parade, the Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade.

To celebrate Parton and all the wonders of summer, Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ official parade otters, Eddy and Betty, are ready to help us kick-off the season on the Fun on the River float. Read More

valley landscape in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Think Green at Gatlinburg’s Annual Earth Week Events

April 3, 2014

The Great Smoky Mountains are once again thinking green for Earth Week. In an effort to get locals and vacationers of all ages involved this year, the week-long events in Gatlinburg will include educational sessions, children’s programs, and grown-up fun. Read More

spring mountains

Gatlinburg is Blooming with Beauty for Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

March 4, 2014

pink wildflowerSpring is blossoming into a kaleidoscope of colors in the Great Smoky Mountains. Daffodils, trout lilies and red maple are springing up unique, vibrant colors, and with the welcoming sounds of chirping birds and a chorus of frogs leave no doubt that the new season had finally arrived. In celebration, the 64th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage event in Gatlinburg is scheduled to begin just as the seasonal colors are at their prime. Read More


March Events Officially Unveil Spring in the Smokies

February 14, 2014

Spring in the Smoky Mountains is like no other place in the world. When the flowers begin blooming and the trees come to life, there’s something special in the air for locals and tourists. As a welcome to the new season and vacationing families, events have been planned throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the month of March, from cultural celebrations that last the entire month to crafting lessons that span a weekend. Read More


Veterans Day Celebration in Gatlinburg

October 5, 2012

The Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration is always a popular event for the Smoky Mountain community. Only 57 cities in the entire country have the honor of being an official site for the observation of the Veterans Day holiday, which means that the activities that take place at these sites will be aligned with those taking place at the National Veterans Day Observance. The celebration in Gatlinburg is one of two of such sites in Tennessee. This can’t-miss event will be taking place at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is free, so bring the entire family! Read More

rafting trip in the Smoky Mountains with SMO

Gatlinburg River Raft Regatta

May 15, 2012

The annual River Raft Regatta is one of the most highly anticipated Gatlinburg events held each year. This race begins at the River Terrace Bridge across the Little Pigeon River and ends downtown at the Gatlinburg Aquarium. This race allows the true character and imagination of local residents really shine through, as nearly any floatable raft can be entered in this race. Read More

downtown Gatlinburg during Christmas

Gatlinburg Fireworks Celebration

May 15, 2012

The streets of downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee will ignite with vibrant colors at the “Stand Here” Fireworks Finale at 10pm on the 4th of July. Gatlinburg has been home to the nation’s first 4th of July parade every year for the past 37 years. This spectacular event kicks off the annual Independence Day celebration that ends with an enormous fireworks display. Read More