Summer is heating up in Gatlinburg! This August, don't let the heat stop you from exploring new cities and enjoying new experiences! Here are a few adventurous activities to try in Gatlinburg.
In the Smokies, there are lots of wonderful waterfalls that you can hike to! Laurel Falls is a great starter hike, as it is appropriate for a wide range of skill levels. This easy hike is less than 3 miles round trip and features a paved (but rough) path. The main focus of the hike is the best known waterfall in the park- Laurel Falls! Looking for a slightly bigger challenge? Hike to Rainbow Falls! This moderate, 5.4 mile hike will take you to the tallest single drop waterfall in the park. After seeing the waterfall, you can either turn around or, if you're an experienced hiker, continue the challenging hike up Mt. LeConte.
Find more waterfall hikes here: https://hikinginthesmokys.com/blog/best-waterfall-hikes-in-the-great-smoky-mountains/
Get Your Head in the Clouds
Take in some views of the Smokies while you're in Gatlinburg. Relax and take in the stunning sights along a chair lift ride at either Anakeesta or Gatlinburg SkyLift. You can also take in the scenery at the Gatlinburg Space Needle or, of course, on a hike!
Relax on the River (-or Don't!)
Spend the afternoon tubing on the Little River in Townsend (right outside of Gatlinburg). It is a fantastic way to beat the heat! Looking for an adrenaline rush on the river? Try whitewater rafting! The Smokies are home to class III and IV rapids. The scenic rafting trips available are unforgettable! No experience is necessary.
Looking for an adventure that's a little bit less outdoors-y? Have a musical adventure this August! There are two marvelous music festivals taking place this month. The Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival will take place August 18-21 in venues all over town. If you're a hard rock fan, then you'll love Monsters on the Mountain, which will take place August 19-21.
Plan your next Gatlinburg adventure today!