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4 Thrilling Outdoor Attractions in the Smoky Mountains You Have to Visit

September 29, 2015 March 17th, 2020
happy group white water rafting in Gatlinburg TN

Make your next outdoor adventure one to remember by adding one of these amazing attractions in the Smoky Mountains to your travel itinerary. Whether you are looking for a grand adventure or a peaceful afternoon outside, we promise you will not be disappointed in these unbeatable options.

1. White Water Rafting

Enthusiastic group of friends going Pigeon River white water rafting.To kick off our list of thrilling outdoor attractions in the Smoky Mountains, we want to remind you how fun and exciting it is to take a trip down the Little Pigeon River during one of our Smoky Mountain whitewater rafting adventures. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced rafter or if it is your first time on the water, we promise you and your loved ones will not be disappointed in this unique experience.

At Smoky Mountain Outdoors, we offer two separate white water rafting adventures for you and your family or group to choose from. Our lower trek is tailored to accommodate groups with younger children as the rapids are a little calmer during this trip and the ride is not quite as long. On the other hand, the upper river trip is designed for real thrill seekers as it hosts several Class III and Class IV rapids for you all to conquer.

To get a better idea of what to expect from our whitewater rafting adventure, click play on the video below!

Parent and child kayaking in Gatlinburg2. Kayaking

If you are looking for an even more exciting experience outside of our whitewater rafting tours, we recommend you check out our Little Pigeon River kayaking adventures. Here, you and your family or group will head out on the river inside one of our inflatable kayaks and tour the lower section of the river.

You will love this tour because you do not need to be an experienced kayaker to enjoy this adventure. All you have to do is love spending time outside and want to enjoy a fun and memorable day on the water.

Similar to our white water rafting tours, our kayak adventures also come with their own guide to help you and your loved ones navigate the water. Not only are these guides well-versed in how to safely maneuver on the water, they are also a great resource if you want to learn something new about the area you may not already know.

3. Guided Hikes

child enjoying Smoky Mountain hiking toursIf you want to spend time exploring the mountains but not necessarily spend your time on the river, we suggest you check out our new guided hiking tours. One of the newest attractions in the Smoky Mountains we offer, these hiking tours are the best way for you to spend time in the great outdoors while remaining dry.

We offer several different tours that cater to all interest levels, including a dedicated kid’s nature hike, a waterfall hike, a scenic sunset hike and a birding hike. Each of these different tours is designed to both challenge and entertain you as you spend time in our beloved mountains.

These hikes are open to any size group. We only ask you let us know how many people you are bringing when you call to make your reservations.

Tours usually last around two hours, and you are provided with your own water bottle and snack to keep your energy up.

man enjoying ziplining through trees4. Zip Lining

Rounding out our list of our favorite outdoor attractions in the Smoky Mountains, we have zip lining with our friends at ClimbWorks. Known to offer the most daring zipline adventure in the area, we promise you and your family or group will not be disappointed when you take a trip to visit this memorable amusement.

Not only does ClimbWorks offer 9 exciting zip lines, they also over 3 sky bridges, a 4-wheel drive adventure, and some of the best mountain views you can find, second to our whitewater rafting tours, of course.

The best part is you and your family or group can save money when you choose to go zip lining during your next vacation to the area by opting to take advantage of our combo attraction package. With this deal, you get to enjoy both whitewater rafting and zip lining in the Smoky Mountains for one low cost, as well as a memorable way to spend time with your loved ones.

Now that you know all about our favorite outdoor attractions in the Smoky Mountains, it is time to start planning your next trip today! You can easily do so by selecting which of our unbeatable Smoky Mountain adventures you want to experience.