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3 Fun Things to Do in the Great Smoky Mountains (Other Than Whitewater Rafting!)

March 16, 2017 July 22nd, 2021
smoky mountains in the fall at sunset

Although Smoky Mountain Outdoors is known as the premier whitewater rafting outfitter in the Smokies, many people don’t realize that there are exciting activities for you to enjoy nearby! While on vacation in Gatlinburg, be sure to check out these other 3 fun things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains:

1. Ziplining in the Smoky Mountains

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains other than whitewater rafting is going ziplining! CLIMB Works has 2 exciting zipline tours for you to choose from that both offer breathtaking views of the Smokies. On their Treetop Zipline Tour, you’ll soar through the trees on 9 world-class ziplines, cross 3 sky bridges and even ride an ATV! On their Mountaintop Zipline Tour, you can ride side-by-side with friends and family and see panoramic views of the mountains. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have an experience you won’t forget. We even offer a combo package that helps you save on a rafting trip with us and a zipline tour with CLIMB Works for the ultimate outdoor experience! There is not a better way than to split your day between a water rafting trip and ziplining through the trees!

2. Camping in the Smoky Mountains

A tent campsite at Pigeon River Campground in the Smoky Mountains.What better way to end an incredible day in the Smoky Mountains than by spending the night underneath the stars? Our rafting outpost is just minutes away from Pigeon River Campground, which offers the best Smoky Mountain camping experience around! Not only can you choose from tent camping, camping cabins, or RV camping, but you’ll be provided with amenities that you won’t find anywhere else. There are outdoor activities like volleyball and cornhole, a swimming pool and even a general store in case you want to pick up some snacks! You will have the best time camping at Pigeon River Campground.

3. Hiking

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is not far from our rafting center and offers a multitude of hikes. After you have experienced white water rafting, spend some more time with nature as you venture out on a thrilling hike. The good news about hiking in the Smoky Mountains is there is a hike for everyone. Whether you have never been on a hike or consider yourself a professional, there is a hike that fits what you are looking for. If you are looking for a good hike with a waterfall, try the hike to Laurel Falls or Rainbow Falls. If you need a good family friendly hike, take a trip to Porters Creek. The national park has hikes of all different lengths and difficulty so you will be able to find the one for you!

With so many great things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains nearby, Smoky Mountain Outdoors is your ultimate destination for fun and excitement! In addition to our rafting trips, be sure to enjoy some of the other fun things to do in the Smoky Mountains while you’re here. To help you plan your the perfect, check out our discount attraction packages.