As the weather warms up even more for the summer, think beyond the pool when it comes to fun activities and book a trip to Tennessee. Learn how to take advantage of the summer season during your next vacation in the Smokies.
The summer weather in the Smokies is truly unbeatable. Warm and sunny days with clear blue skies are an everyday occurrence, and nature is in full bloom everywhere you look. Sometimes a light summer rain is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty of the mountains, and even when it does rain, it tends not to last very long so you and the family can get outside.
Free Trolley Rides
Beginning mid-June to mid-August, you can travel for free on the Gatlinburg Trolley. The trolley routes travel all across the city and allow you to easily access the Arts & Crafts community, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The air is warm and the rivers are cool, which means the season is perfect for some whitewater rafting adventures. Whether you’re looking for an easy day of floating down the water or perhaps a more thrilling course, get the entire family together for a day of conquering the rapids.
If you’re family is more into waterslides than rivers, head to Dollywood’s Splash Country for a day of splish-splash fun. From Tennessee’s very first hydro roller coaster to one of the most relaxing lazy rivers anywhere, there’s something here for the whole family to enjoy together.
Pigeon Forge Snow
Summer in the Smokies now includes snow! Pigeon Forge Snow uses snowmaking technology to transform their very own winter wonderland. Complete with 15 lanes of snow tubing covered in genuine fresh powder, this brand new attraction will also offer a play area for snowball fights and building snowmen as well as snow cones.
Hiking in the Great Outdoors
Summer is the perfect season for hiking through the Smokies. Ranging from novice trails to more challenging hikes, there are many different ways to explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
In June, downtown Gatlinburg is filled with the sights, sounds and people of the historic Smokies. The Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales pays tribute to the spirit of Appalachia and features local musicians, costumes street performers and artisans sharing tidbits of Smoky Mountain culture that dates back to the 1800s.
Spend the 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.