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4 Fun Outdoor Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in September

September 19, 2018

As the weather starts to get cooler and fall is beginning, it is the perfect time to soak up the great outdoors. Though the summer activities have come to an end, there is still plenty of outdoor fun to be had! To help you decide what to do when you visit, we’ve put together a list of some of the top outdoor things to do in the Smoky Mountains in September: Read More

A tent campsite at Pigeon River Campground in the Smoky Mountains.

6 Best Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains This Summer

June 19, 2018

Nothing gets better than breathing in the fresh mountain air during the sweet summertime! When you visit the Smoky Mountains during the summer, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life exploring everything that the area has to offer. Whether you’re coasting down the river on one of our rafting trips, or soaring through the trees on a zipline, you’ll be making memories that last a lifetime! Here are the 6 best things to do in the Smoky Mountains this summer: Read More

laurel falls popular trail for hiking in the smokies

Top 5 Trails for Summer Hiking in the Smokies

June 1, 2018

When you visit the Smoky Mountains during the summer, there are so many exciting activities to enjoy outdoors. After your rafting adventure with us, we recommend going for a hike! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 850 miles of hiking trails to explore. To help you narrow down where to hike, we’ve come up with the top 5 trails for summer hiking in the Smokies: Read More

smoky mountains spring

Top 4 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in the Spring

April 16, 2018

When you visit the Smoky Mountains in the spring, you’re in for a treat! The sun shining and flowers blooming creates a breathtaking scene. Spring is the perfect time to try all the exciting outdoor adventures available in the Smoky Mountains! Whether you’re spending your time with us on the river or exploring the miles of trails in the National Park, you’re in for an amazing time. Here are the top 4 things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the spring: Read More

Three happy people having fun on a Smoky Mountain kayaking trip.

How to Plan a Smoky Mountain Kayaking Trip in 5 Steps

December 17, 2015

We no longer offer inflatable kayaking trips.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers an exciting variety of trips down the Pigeon River, including guided inflatable kayak trips. Join us as we travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country while experiencing the thrill of conquering white water rapids! Here is how to plan a Smoky Mountain kayaking trip in five steps: Read More

Beautiful fall hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains.

3 Amazing Outdoor Smoky Mountain Activities for the Fall Season

October 19, 2015

Fall in the Smoky Mountains is an amazing time of the year. The fall colors are out in full force with its vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow, the days are getting cooler, and celebration of the harvest season is all around you. With the fall colors on display you and your family are going to want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Well that is one of the great things about the Smoky Mountain region, there are a ton of outdoor attractions in the Smoky Mountains for you and your family to enjoy this fall season. These are just a few of the most sensational outdoor Smoky Mountain activities in the fall for you and your family to enjoy during your visit to the area. Read More

Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains

How Did the Pigeon River Get Its Name?

February 11, 2014

rushing water bubbling over stones creating whitewaterFor those visiting the Smokies, some of the most memorable views are of the striking blue haze surrounding the mountains and the clear, rushing water of the Pigeon River. The easiest way to see the best views of the Smoky Mountains and the Pigeon River are with Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ Gatlinburg white water rafting adventures. Read More

Male and female elk in the Great Smoky Mountains.

See History and Wildlife in Cataloochee Valley

October 1, 2013

The Smoky Mountains region is one of the most beautiful and celebrated areas in the world. In addition to the excellent white water rafting in Gatlinburg TN, Sevier County is home to the world-famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the highlights of the national park is Cataloochee Valley, a stunning plain with a fascinating history and diverse wildlife.

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Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Go Chasing Waterfalls at Abrams Falls

September 7, 2013

The Great Smoky Mountains are blessed with a plethora of natural beauty. In addition to diverse wildlife and stunning whitewater rapids, the Smokies are also home to a number of gorgeous waterfalls. With over 200,000 visitors a year, waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are some of the of biggest attractions in Gatlinburg. Abrams Falls is one of the best waterfalls in the Smokies. Read More

wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains

Magnificent Wildflowers in Bloom at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

August 20, 2013

Wildflower in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThere are over 1,500 kinds of wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is the greatest collection of wildflowers found in any park in the United States, so much so that sometimes the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nicknamed “Wildflower National Park.” Though the wildflowers have different seasons and bloom at different times you can be sure to find a flower in bloom at any time of the year. Ephemerals start the year off with a bloom in February through April and then go dormant by May or June. You can see them flower and fruit in late winter and early spring. These wildflowers are in sync with the overstory trees. They flower and fruit when there is plentiful sunlight and a high soil moisture and nutrient content. They start to decay at the beginning of summer. Read More

The Old Mill Restaurant in Pigeon Forge.

TripAdvisor Names Best Places to Eat in Pigeon Forge

July 11, 2013

The popular travel review site TripAdvisor honors businesses who have demonstrated exemplary customer service and positive customer reviews. According to TripAdvisor, these delicious places to eat in Pigeon Forge are long time tourist favorites, and the perfect addition to your families next meal in the Smokies. Read More