Spring in the Smokies: Our Favorites in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

The birds are singing, rivers are defrosting, and the flowers are blooming! Springtime brings the Smoky Mountains to life, in respect to Mother Nature, but there are also tons of awesome events that make for a fantastic reason to bring family or friends on a Smoky Mountain cabin vacation!

Put together the perfect moms’ getaway after a hectic holiday season or a great hunting trip as many game open for the season. Explore the outdoors during peak blooming season with the kids for the perfect way to get them out of the house and active again after “hibernating” in your house and driving you crazy all winter. Whatever you love to do, you’ll likely find it in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge!

Here are our top 7 favorite events and activities to do in the Smokies to kick off springtime and say goodbye to winter!

  1. A Breathtaking Sunrise on Easter Morning
    Ober Gatlinburg hosts the most memorable way to celebrate Easter atop Mount Harrison, high above the city of Gatlinburg. Facing east, let your heart and soul be swept away by a stirring Easter service as the sun slowly peeks over miles of rolling mountains and expanses of skyline. As warm pink and red colors of day seep into deep blue skies of the night, be encouraged in life and your faith by the community of fellow believers in attendance.
  2. Fishing and the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
    Bring your favorite group of friends to the Smokies to take advantage of prime fishing spots and the beginning of fishing season in the Smoky Mountains! Book your trip during the weekend of April 7-8 and cast your fishing poles into miles of streams freshly stocked with 10,000 trout. Along with prizes for the largest and smallest fish, there are drawings, food trucks, and games at Patriot Park where you weigh in your catches.
  3. Smoky Mountain Winefest
    Whether you are a seasoned wine drinker or new to the scene of fermented grapes, Smoky Mountain Winefest, April 14-15, is a fantastic way to tour eastern Tennessee wine country! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a guided tour by shuttle to a handful of Gatlinburg’s finest beautiful wineries. Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm, you and your friends are treated to an awesome day of tastings and food pairings with an extensive list of Smoky Mountain wineries and top chefs in the area! Snag your tickets early for a little discount!
  4. Hiking
    Hundreds of miles of hiking trails crawl through peaceful forestry, alongside gorgeous rivers and waterfalls, and atop mountains with breathtaking views you will cherish for a lifetime. Take on the tough trails to higher elevations or easy trails to picturesque waterfalls; there is a path for everyone to get in touch with their adventurous side.
  5. Hands-On Gatlinburg
    The country’s largest and oldest artisan’s district resides right in downtown Gatlinburg! For a whole weekend, the talented local artists of the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community share their long-time secrets with the public through tons of awesome classes. Take a class in basket weaving, painting on unique canvas (like Turkey feathers!), glass blowing, and so much more! Bring the kids and stay in a cabin April 13-15 and share in this hands-on, unique experience with the whole family for a weekend full of creativity.
  6. Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
    For over a century, this homage to the beauty of the Smoky Mountains has brought together outdoor enthusiasts and the environmentally curious for one of the area’s biggest annual events! April 24-28, a handful of Tennessee’s most respected wildlife and environmentally conscious organizations band together for the 68th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage to teach and share everything that makes the Smokies a truly special region of our country. Learn about wildlife conservation and photography, nature journaling, and Smoky Mountain storytelling. Listen to prestigious lecturers teach and discuss the changing environment and the preservation of the region’s natural beauty. Over 150 classes and guided hikes are available during your 1-day pass or multi-day pass!
  7. Birding
    Make spending time outside with the kids and fellow visitors like a scavenger hunt with over 200 species of feathered friends to spot during your exploration of the Smoky Mountains! See wild turkeys in Cades Cove in the lower elevations of the valleys, or look through you binoculars to catch glimpses of native owls while visiting the highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome! Print your easy-to-use Birds of the Smoky Mountains checklist to help spot as many birds as you can while getting exercise at the same time! Time to have fun and burn off some of that winter weight…

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