Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

When the Outdoors is as challenging, exciting, varied, and beautiful as it is in the Great Smoky Mountains, it's just a darn shame to stay inside. Outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains make for an adventurer’s paradise year round. So grab a paddle and life vest, tighten your spokes, and load up the ATV for your high octane outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains. Or lace up your hiking boots, strap on your waders, clean your binoculars, maybe pack a pole or two and a picnic, because rest and relaxation in nature is waiting for you in the Smoky Mountains.

Some outdoor activities and seasons available:

  • 4-Wheeling - Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Boating - Year Round
  • Camping - Year Round
  • Fly-Fishing - In season
  • Gem Mining - Year Round
  • Golfing - Year Round
  • Hiking - Year Round
  • Horseback Riding - Year Round
  • Hunting - In season
  • Kayaking - Year Round
  • Mountain Biking - Year Round
  • Rafting - Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Rock Climbing - Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Sightseeing - Year Round
  • Snow Skiing - Winter
  • Sport Fishing - In season
  • Trout Fishing - In season
  • Water Skiing - Spring, Summer, Fall


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