There are endless possibilities for outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains. 800 miles of hiking trails through the Smokies offer everything from a leisurely walk through the wildflowers to catching a stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Of course there is white water rafting. The river at Pigeon Forge is ranked #3 on the best rivers in the United States to ride the rapids by the American Outdoor Association. And you won’t want to miss the thrill of riding 50 mph, zipping through the majestic trees of the Smokies. There’s also can’t-miss waterfalls – some obvious, some well-hidden – perfect places to take a picnic, grab a smooch, or take an amazing photo. And you know that horseback riding has an unexplainable romantic lure that no one can deny. We know the Smoky Mountains has so much for the outdoor adventurer couple. Be sure to look through the next several pages for more details on the activities that are sure to put a spark in your romantic getaway.
HIKING IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS:
Hiking in the Smokies can be quite challenging, and hiking any trail above your fitness level can make for a less than enjoyable day while out on the trail. The link below provides a list of trails based on a difficulty rating, and ranked from easiest to hardest hikes. This list is intended to help hikers find a trail that’s best suited towards their abilities. By clicking on any trail name you’ll find more detailed information, including trail descriptions, directions, key features, photographs, elevation profiles and maps.
CIRCLE G RANCH: WILD ANIMAL PARK & CAMEL SAFARI
105 acre wild animal park with over 500 exotic animals. Camel Trek Tours, Safari Truck Tours, Cave Tours. Great for large groups, small families and all are handicapped friendly.
Toll Free: 800-768-1170 / (865) 428-7469
DEER FARM – EXOTIC PETTING ZOO AND RIDING STABLES
Enjoy an unforgettable experience with some of nature’s most graceful creatures…
You do more than just pet the deer at the Deer Farm – you’re invited to walk among them and hand-feed these delicate animals. You will love our unique barnyard environment located on a beautiful 143 acre setting nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
DOLLYWOOD’S SPLASH COUNTRY
Showcases nature’s splendor with spectacular water slides, children’s water play areas, a lazy river and a gigantic wave pool
Toll Free: 800-365-5996 / (865) 428-9488
The Little Pigeon River is one of Tennessee’s premier trout fishing streams, with opportunities to catch stocked rainbow trout as well as wild brook trout. Smallmouth bass inhabit the water as well. The river splits into three forks in the Sevierville, and the West Fork of the Pigeon River flows through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg before entering Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fishing is allowed along most of the river, including the Pigeon Forge area. For information on how to obtain a non- resident fishing license, please visit https://www.tn.gov/twra/article/nonresident-fishing-licenses-j1 Fish of the Smokies
RAINBOW TROUT is the most sought after game fish within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Due to the mass stocking of this non-native species in the past, rainbow trout are found in all but a few of the streams of the Smokies. First time anglers to the Smokies should stop by a ranger station or visitor center to ask advice. Sporting goods stores in surrounding communities often house some of the Park’s most avid fishermen.
Located in Sevierville, it’s one of America’s most spectacular caverns
Phone: (865) 453-5972
FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN ZIP LINES
15 Breathtaking Zip Lines Over 150 Awe-inspiring Acres! Foxfire Mountain Delivers High Adventure and High Value. Offering the best high-adventure value in the Smokies, Foxfire Mountain gives you over 15 scenic and high-mountain zip lines and multiple other adventures on a beautiful 150-acre wilderness setting conveniently located only minutes away from Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Sevierville.
Ski Resort and Amusement Park high above Gatlinburg offering fun, excitement and mountain beauty
Toll Free: 800-251-9202 / (865) 436-5423
PARROT MOUNTAIN AND GARDENS
Nestled on four acres of beautiful landscaped gardens with hundreds of tropical birds and thousands of flowers, plants and trees
Phone: (865) 774-1749
World’s largest Reptile Zoo. Hundreds of animals in their natural habitats. Phone: (8 65) 428-4091
RIVER RAGE TUBES & KAYAK RENTALS
Enjoy all day tubing at the largest tubing location in the area. No experience necessary.
Phone: (865) 448-8000
SPEED ZONE FUN PARK
Enjoy one of their three go-cart tracks. Fun for all ages.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN ALPINE COASTER – The longest downhill ride in the USA, with over 1 mile of track!
867 Wears Valley Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Local: (865) 365-5000
The wildest Ziplines in the Smokies! Come prepared to spend the next 2 hours of your life zipping, flying, soaring, and bouncing through the canopy of the trees at speeds of 40 MPH.
GPS Address: 1200 Mathews Hollow Road, Sevierville, TN 37876
WHITE WATER RAFTING:
White water rafting is an amazing activity to partake in as a couple. Navigating the river, working together as a team – you’ll love how you’ll feel both emotionally and physically after taking on the rapids together. The Pigeon River is ranked #3 for white water rafting by the American Outdoor Association. We recommend the Upper Pigeon – a 5 mile course with class II, III, and IV rapids which takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Rafting should be reserved in advance and can be scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check out Nantahala Outdoor Center to make your reservations. The French Broad River also has white water rafting experiences – both a 5 mile (3-4 hour) trip and a 9 mile (5-6 hour) trip. Trips include snacks or lunch – depending on which excursion you choose. You can raft seven days a week from March through October. Or if a calm water float sounds more up your alley, you can get a guided float or unguided float, a chance to experience the river just downstream from the rapids. These floats are available Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Here you will find our recommendations:
NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER
For family adventure, raft Tennessee’s Big Pigeon River near Pigeon Forge or your choice of 8 Southeastern rivers. Toll Free: (800) 232-7238
Adventures Unlimited offers guided trips on the Classic Middle Ocoee River March through November and provides all of the equipment you need including the services of some of the best-trained guides in the country. This trip is perfect for the first timer or the seasoned pro, our guides can fine tune the experience to your individual needs and provide an exciting unique trip whether it’s your first trip or your 100th, while easing the anxiety of the inexperienced. 1-800-662-0667
SMOKY MOUNTAIN OUTDOORS WHITE WATER RAFTING
Rafting/Whitewater rafting near Pigeon Forge on the Pigeon River at Hartford, TN. Full service, no experience necessary. Toll Free: 866-861-9192