Outdoor Sport in Gatlinburg and the Smokies


One of the best places to ride bicycles in the Smoky Mountains is Cades Cove loop. Cades Cove is a great place to see all the nature in the Smoky Mountains and to get in touch with the historic community. The trail also has picnic tables so if your transportation allows, you can even bring along a picnic lunch.


Gatlinburg TN offers three local campgrounds. They each have several amenities such as water, electricity, hot showers, cable television, pools, and much more. The Smoky Mountain National Park also has two campground where you can pitch a tent and rough it for a few days. Some of the campgrounds take reservations and others work on a first come first serve basis. The campgrounds available are:

  • Camping in the Smokies
  • Twin Creek RV Resort
  • Leconte Vista RV Resort and Campground


The Smoky Mountains has always been famous for its mountain trout, now you can come out and catch one yourself. If your looking for a great way to relax and enjoy some peaceful nature, you should stop by and drop a line. Who knows you may even catch a big one.


If you are a golfer and are looking for a challenge you should play a game of mountain golf. The rules for mountain golf are the same as anywhere else the only difference is the course. The course is continuously going up and down with no flat spot to be found, which offers a great challenge. Also the amazing scenic background will make it an experience you will never forget. The golf courses in Gatlinburg TN and the Smoky Mountains are:

  • Bent Creek Golf Course
  • Central Tee Times
  • Gatlinburg Golf Course

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is an excellent, old fashion, way to experience the countryside of East Tennessee. Riding stables in the Smoky Mountains offer guided excursions for kids and grownups. The riding stables available in the Smoky Mountains are:

  • Smoky Mountain Stables
  • Sugarlands Riding Stables


The Great Smoky Mountains have over 800 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult. If you would like to go on an educational, in depth, tour of the Smokies, guided expeditions are available. No matter if you are going hiking for a day or a week, you’re sure to experience all the beauty the Smokies have to offer.

Whitewater Rafting

If your looking for an adrenal rush, there is nothing more exciting then going down and untamed river. The Smokies offer several places you can go whitewater rafting:

  • Rip Roaring Adventures
  • Rafting in the Smokies/Pigeon River Outdoor, Inc
  • Wildwater Ltd Rafting
  • Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Winter Sports

Tennessee has only one ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg. It has eight ski slopes, ranging from beginning to advanced, which lie 3000 feet above sea level. Visitors can ski or snowboard. The slopes are made up of a combination of man-made snow and natural snow. If your not up for skiing, then you can also enjoy its indoor ice-skating rink. Also, you can enjoy a nice hot meal at Ober Gatlinburg’s restaurant.