Spring is a truly wonderful time in Gatlinburg. As spring arrives, it ushers out the ice, snow, and cold winds of winter. The landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains begins to transform, changing from white to bright green. Vivid wildflowers in all colors of the rainbow bloom and dot the ground. The flowering shrubs and trees showcase their blooming branches, and the wildlife begins to stir. The frozen waters begin to warm and flow into rushing waterfalls and soothing streams once more. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the country, proving itself by drawing millions of visitors each year. Springtime is just one of its many peaks.
In Gatlinburg and throughout the national park, visitors can enjoy this immense beauty by a number of outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, and horseback riding are perfect ways to discover the more than 800 miles of trails in the park. Fisherman can cast a line in the dozens of streams in and around the park, and golfers can take advantage of pristine, scenic, and challenging courses. A peaceful drive around the 11-mile Cades Cove loop will offer opportunities for viewing bears, deer, turkeys, horses, and more. Guests can stop along the drive to explore historic buildings in the area or take a closer look at the wildflowers and foliage. Scenic drives along Newfound Gap Road, Clingmans Dome Road, Little River Road, and Loop Road will take guests by waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and lush greenery. Spring days can be filled with picnics by the water, peaceful walks, and strolls along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.
While the beach used to be the go-to for spring break trips, with spring break being pushed earlier each year, Gatlinburg is becoming increasingly popular for families. Instead of traveling farther south to enjoy the warm beach weather, families are turning to scenic Gatlinburg – centrally located for many across the country. Boasting mild spring weather, fun outdoor activities, beautiful surroundings, a large variety of restaurants, dozens of local shops and national chains, and many family-friendly attractions, it really has everything for a fantastic family vacation. But springtime in Gatlinburg is not just for families. With the backdrop of the rolling hills, wildflowers, blue skies, mountain streams, and trees, many visitors choose Gatlinburg as a wedding and honeymoon destination. Charming Gatlinburg wedding chapels offer a variety of services, including photography, cakes, catered receptions, wedding coordinators, and more! Area attractions and activities are perfect for a honeymoon or anniversary weekend – guests enjoy winery tours and tastings, in-cabin massages, and hilarious dinner shows. At night, guests can have peaceful, romantic time in our honeymoon-perfect cabins.
Springtime in Gatlinburg is also a great time to visit because of the community calendar, packed with lots of great events fit for children and adults. Springtime events in Gatlinburg include:
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
A summer-long street performance featuring costumed musicians, storytellers, and artists, Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is free fun for the whole family. Listen to the toe-tapping sounds of mountain music or stop for an interesting story about Appalachian history as you browse the shops along the Parkway.
Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Stop by the Gatlinburg Farmers Market during spring to pick up fresh local produce, homemade treats, and delicious jams and jellies. Visit 849 Glades Road each Saturday from May to October from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Free Parkway Trolley Rides
Discover downtown Gatlinburg with a free ride on the Gatlinburg trolleys from June to August. The open-air shuttles offer a breezy way to see the sights along the Parkway!
Beginning in early March, Gatlinburg welcomes springtime with a 3-month celebration of flowers, wildlife, and wonderful spring weather. Enjoy events, festivals, parades, and performances all spring!
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
Featuring guided hikes, tours, and seminars, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage has something for kids and adults of all ages. Learn about the flora and fauna in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park while enjoying the scenery in springtime!
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Open to children and adults, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is challenging and fun. As the largest trout tournament in the Smokies, it’s held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where many streams are stocked with thousands of trout!
Earth Week & Earth Day Festival
Focusing on green practices and the preservation of our land and natural resources, Earth Week and the Earth Day Festival in Gatlinburg feature games, crafts, face painting, food, classes, and more!
While in Gatlinburg during springtime, you will need a great place to stay. After a busy day of fishing, hiking, visiting local attractions, and shopping, head back to a comfortable cabin in the mountains. Whether you want to be close to downtown or high atop the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, we have something for you. We have more than 200 cabins ranging from cozy one bedrooms to spacious large group cabins, all with a variety of amenities and perks. On nice spring days, enjoy the views from a mountaintop cabin or sit by the river or a stream in our cabins with water access. We even have several cabins within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg – perfect for walking to area attractions and restaurants on a sunny spring day!