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Top 3 Ways to Spend Memorial Day on the Water in Gatlinburg

May 6, 2014 October 22nd, 2021

Believe it or not, Memorial Day is just around the corner. This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday May 26, so it’s time to start making plans for the long weekend! The end of May is the perfect time to pay a visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. With warm but comfortable temperatures, returning songbirds, and blooming wildflowers, the Great Smoky Mountains are absolutely gorgeous during springtime.

Perfect for Memorial Day, there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to the area to spend their day off on the water! Read on to learn the top three ways to keep cool and have fun during your long weekend in the Smokies.

(See Related: How to Get Ready for the Spring Adventure of a Lifetime)

1. Fishing in the National Park

Fishing is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy some time by the water. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has roughly 2,115 miles of streams with plenty of rainbow trout, panfish, and smallmouth bass to catch.

You can fish in the National Park year round with a valid Tennessee fishing license or a North Carolina fishing license. With a cooler full of cold beverages, some tasty snacks, and a little patience, you can spend the whole day relaxing in the park as you try to reel in the big one.

2. White Water Rafting

White water raftingIf you’re looking for a thrilling Memorial Day, you just can’t beat white water rafting in Gatlinburg. Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers an exciting 6 and ½ mile trip down the Upper Pigeon River that will kick your vacation into high gear. During your two hour adventure, you’ll experience 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4 that will turn your cruise down the river into an incredible rollercoaster ride!

Vacationers looking for a more subdued ride can try our white water rafting trip along the Lower Pigeon River. Featuring class 1 and class 2 rapids, this 5 and ½ mile ride is full of scenic views and smooth sailing, making it perfect for families with younger children. No matter how much experience you have rafting, we have the perfect trip for you to enjoy on the Pigeon River!

3. Take a Dip in the Creek

One of the best ways to spend  Memorial Day is to have a picnic with your family. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has many different picnic areas you can visit. One of the most popular places to enjoy a packed lunch in the mountains is Metcalf Bottoms. If you get hot in the middle of the day don’t be alarmed. There are certain picnic areas you can get that are backed up right against the creek. Don’t be afraid to take a stroll down to the water and stick your feet in, or your whole body! Depending on the weather, the water might be a little chilly but you will have a great time regardless!

Are you ready to book your Memorial Day adventure in the Smokies? Visit our Reservations page to schedule your weekend of white water rafting in Gatlinburg, or give us a call at 1-800-771-7238!