One of the reasons the Great Smoky Mountains National Park continues to be the most visited park in the United States is the variety of wildlife you will see when you visit. Home to 65 species of mammals, more than 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 reptiles and amphibians, the Great Smoky Mountains have more wildlife than you will ever be able to see in one visit alone.
Avoid the mistakes of last-minute planning by preparing your summer vacation early! To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of Smoky Mountain summer events for 2018. While a trip to the Smokies is certainly a year-round option, it’s always nice to visit when special festivities are taking place. From lively celebrations and entertaining parades to fun-loving fairs and fantastic festivals, make this summer the best one yet — in the Smokies. Plus, from June 16 – August 15 (prime summertime), you can ride the Parkway Trolley daily from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. for FREE! If that floats your boat, you’ll really like what else is in store for the Smoky Mountain summer. Continue reading
As the scent of fresh wildflowers permeates the crisp mountain air, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park readies to host the 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (2018), a seasonal event aimed at spreading knowledge of the natural area. From April 24-28, learn everything there is to know about the flora and fauna of the Smokies with over 150 available programs. Featuring professionally guided tours through the national park, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage gives people a chance to learn from the best, and what better way to learn about nature than to take a walk in it!
Rev your engines for one of the most anticipated events of the spring: the Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run! From 1930s Coupes and 1940s Fords to 1950s Chevys and 1960s Camaros, this incredible car show will have you itching to ride — and that’s just the start. With multiple vendors at the ready, spice up your own hot rod by snapping up difficult-to-find parts and sought-after accessories. Plus, you can take home souvenir tees for the whole family! So, what are you waiting for?! Grab your keys and hit the road to attend one of the biggest car shows in the nation from April 19 – 21, 2018 (Thursday – Saturday) at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
From painting an incredible mountain scene on a canvas and forming a wildflower vase out of clay to marbling a beautiful silk scarf and crafting a butterfly house for your monarch friends, creating a work of art with your own two hands is not only a fun activity but also a memorable experience — one you can display for many years to come. Release your inner artist by attending classes at the Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend event from April 13 – 15, 2018 in Gatlinburg, a bustling town in Tennessee filled with entertainment and excitement around every corner!
Ideal for a grown ups’ night out, the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Weekend is a spring event for those 21 years old and over. This year’s event will feature a selection of wines from wineries all over Tennessee and will be held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg.
As youthful blades of grass bear the weight of morning dew, an array of color peers over the mountainside, breaking through the silvery mists to bring shadow to light. Heavenly tunes of hope arise from the voices of the sky while subtle cries of life echo throughout the forest floor…the slumbering Smokies have awoken to Easter morn. A symbol of fresh starts, humble beginnings, and new life, Easter is a sacred holiday, best spent with friends and family.
It’s time to kick that quiet night at home to the curb, stop watching the ball drop on television, and be there, in person, for one of the most exciting nights in the Smoky Mountains! Surrounded by the millions of holiday lights and the Christmas cheer resonating from December, gather in the Smokies to make the very first moments of 2018 intoxicatingly joyful.
Where will everyone sleep? Will there be enough room for everyone to eat together? How am I going to entertain everyone? Who is bringing which dishes?
Listen up, ladies! Remember the Sadie Hawkins Dance at school — you know, the one where the gals ask the guys to a dance for a change? Well, get ready to ask out your man on November 13, because it’s Sadie Hawkins Day! That’s right, there’s an entire day dedicated to this girls-ask-out-boys tradition, so women of all ages can have the opportunity to boldly express their love. Show your man more than an evening out by inviting him on a memorable getaway to the Smokies! From scenic mountain views and delicious Southern food to fun-filled activities in downtown Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and romantic cabin nights, this will be a trip to remember.