Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still plenty to do and see in the Smoky Mountains!



Biking in Cades Cove


During the summer, the 11-mile Cades Cove loop is closed to motor vehicle traffic on Wednesday and Saturday mornings to allow visitors to bike through the cove. Usually many animals are out during the early hours of the day, and biking is a great way to experience the beauty of summer in the area.




River Rafting


One of the highlights of summer in the Smokies, river rafting is a thrill for adventure seekers looking for a truly fun time. Work together as a team with family and friends as you float down any number of great river runs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.




Hike to the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

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Take a summer hike with the family and marvel at the view atop the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook. Here visitors can survey the Great Smoky Mountains and take breathtaking photos. From the Overlook, all of Gatlinburg is visible, including the impressive Gatlinburg Space Needle standing tall in the distance.




Indulge in a Sweet Treat


Nothing says summer better than a delectable sweet treat like ice cream, milkshakes or even chocolate. Gatlinburg has numerous sweet shops like the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen and Glades Soda Fountain that are sure to satisfy a summer sweet tooth.


Related: Sweets of Gatlinburg, Tennessee


Go Night Hiking


Experience the Smokies in an entirely different way with guided night hikes. Lead by a member of the National Park Service, visitors have the opportunity to explore Cades Cove after the sun sets and the forest becomes alive with nocturnal activity.


Spend the last days of summer at Gatlinburg Town Square by Exploria Resorts, a beautiful resort nestled in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains and conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg. Visitors can also choose to stay at the charming Mountain Meadows by Exploria Resorts located in historic Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Book now via our Destinations Tab at the top of this page and come explore Gatlinburg with us.