Summer in the Smokies

On your summer vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, you will discover lots of opportunities  to experience fun things to do in the national park.  Also, the nearby towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Townsend, and Wears Valley each offer unique activities.


A cool mountain river provides a place to relax, meditate, and listen to the sounds of nature. Image by Jeaneane Payne

This season in the Smoky Mountains features lots of outdoor activities, festivals, and special events. It is a time to experience many fun things to do.

Pigeon Forge Trolley

Pigeon Forge Trolley – Image by Jeaneane Payne

Those great outdoor temperatures arrive for whitewater rafting, river tubing, hiking, fishing, zip lining, and lots more activities. Theme parks, family fun parks, attractions, and scenic drives through magnificent mountain terrains are just some of the fun things the Smokies have to offer during the summer season.  One of the conveniences in the Smokies is the Fun Time Trolley.  The trolley makes stops all throughout Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  It is very inexpensive to hop aboard and you can ride all day if you like.  Let it take you to unique shopping areas, attractions, restaurants, and even Dollywood and Dolly’s Splash Country.

Things to Do in the Summer

Arts & Crafts
• Attractions
• ATV Rides
• Biking
• Boating
• Caving
• Cades Cove
• Fishing
• Gatlinburg Trolley
• Golfing
• Great Smoky Mountains National Park
• Helicopter Tours
• Hiking
• Horseback Riding
• Hot Air Balloon Rides
• Pigeon Forge Trolley
• River Tubing
• Scenic Drives
• The Ripken Experience
• Train Rides
• Water Parks
• Whitewater Rafting
• Wildlife Viewing
• Zipline Adventure

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Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont offers education programs during the summer. The institute is a non-profit residential environmental education center. It provides in-depth experiences that celebrate ecological and cultural diversity. The center also fosters stewardship and nurtures appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The institute operates year-round. It serves students and nature-lovers of all ages with school programs, workshops, summer youth programs and camps, citizen science projects, and naturalist certification classes.