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3 Smoky Mountain Activities to Enjoy in the White Water Rafting Off Season

October 17, 2016 March 15th, 2020
A stunning waterfall in the Smoky Mountains.

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. Guided Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkA hiking trail in the Smoky Mountains covered in fall leaves.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 800 miles of beautiful trails to explore! If you will be visiting the area before the end of October, you can sign up for a guided hike through the park with Smoky Mountain Outdoors. Hiking in the Smokies is one of the very best ways to get an upclose 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.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers a variety of hiking packages to choose from:

  • Birding and Native Plants Hike
  • Kids in Nature Hike
  • Waterfall Hike
  • Scenic Sunset Hike

No matter which hike you choose, you will love learning insider information about the Smokies from our knowledgeable and friendly guides. Hikes typically last 2 hours and can be modified to fit the needs of families with young children, large groups, or fast hikers.

A happy family at a zipline course.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.A tent campsite at Pigeon River Campground in the Smoky Mountains.

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!