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Three Ways to Get Active in the Smoky Mountains

January 6, 2014 May 29th, 2020

active family running in grassWe all make New Year’s resolutions, but the challenge is to keep them past January. For vacationers who have resolved to have a healthier and more active year, Smoky Mountain Outdoors wants to help you to keep up your activity even while on vacation. From white water rafting in Gatlinburg to hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the area has plenty of activities to stay fit and healthy even while on vacation.

White Water Rafting in Gatlinburg

Our favorite calorie-burning activity is white water rafting in Gatlinburg. This fun activity can burn up to 350 calories per hour, but you’d never know it. Trips down the river are fun and always end too quickly.

Rafting also has benefits beyond burning calories. It is a natural stress reducer and a great activity for mental and physical challenges. Smoky Mountain Outdoors also offers kayaking, which can burn up to 340 calories per hour.

Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not only a spectacular sight but also a great place to get active. Just walking through the National Park can burn up to 163 calories per hour. A more difficult hike can burn up to 490 calories per hour.

This is also one of the best ways to see the area because there are no better views than at the top after a nice hike. For those who aren’t able to take long hikes because of health or weather conditions, the National Park also has short trails that are less than a mile.

Horseback Riding in Sevier County

Horseback riding can burn up to 236 calories. This is a great activity because you can sightsee while it seems you’re not burning calories at all! There are plenty of places to ride in Sevier County, from the National Park to farms, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.

If you’re ready to plan a trip to the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Outdoors’ white water rafting in Gatlinburg trips are an exciting and fun way to stay active. By reserving early, you can save 40%, so call us today at 1-800-771-7238.