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Top 4 Things to Do in Spring in the Smoky Mountains

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April 4, 2024

Spring is a time when the Smoky Mountains come to life, with blooming plants and abundant wildlife all around. The spring weather is perfect for exploring all that the Smoky Mountains have to offer this season, with pleasant temperatures and sunshine during the day followed by cool evenings. If you want to experience the beauty and fun of the season, make sure you check out these best things to do in spring in the Smoky Mountains!

1. Attend Spring Festivals and Events

umbrella sky at Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival

Spring in the Smoky Mountains brings all sorts of fun and unique festivals and events! A favorite is Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival, which features larger-than-life blooming mosaicultures, fresh spring flavors, lively musical performances, and plenty of photo ops. You can also watch Pigeon Forge’s Music in the Mountains Spring Parade in mid-April. Baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr., will lead the way as the grand marshall of the parade as it travels along the Pigeon Forge Parkway, featuring floats from local attractions as well as high school marching bands. In the beginning of May, join the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This spring event features professionally-guided walks, exhibits, and other activities centered around the area’s natural and cultural resources.

2. Go Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains

If you want to get an up-close and personal look at the beauty of spring in the Smoky Mountains, go on a hike in the national park! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 800 miles of hiking trails that range from easy strolls to challenging hikes, which means you can find a great trail to hike no matter your experience or skill level. Some of these hikes lead to waterfalls, while others take you to stunning views. Along the way, you’ll get to see colorful Smoky Mountain wildflowers blooming near the trail, and you may even spot some local wildlife! Some of the best hiking trails to see wildflowers include Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Porters Creek Trail, Middle Prong Trail, and Gregory Ridge Trail.

3. Have a Picnic in the National Park

Greenbrier picnic area in spring

Enjoy the pleasant weather and natural beauty of spring in the Smoky Mountains by having a picnic in the park! There are a number of great picnic areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as Cades Cove, Chimneys, Metcalf Bottoms, Greenbrier, and others. Pack bread, lunch meat, and sandwich fixin’s for an easy picnic meal, or pick up a to-go meal from your favorite restaurant to bring with you into the mountain. Some picnic areas even have grills, so you can bring some charcoal and hot dogs to make a delicious picnic feast! Just make sure you clean up all your food and trash to protect the wildlife in the area.

4. Relax at a Smoky Mountain Cabin

Your Smoky Mountain cabin rental is the perfect home base for your spring vacation! You can enjoy all the sights and sounds of spring in the Smoky Mountains right from the comfort of your home away from home. You can recline on a rocking chair out on the deck to admire the beautiful scenery, or unwind in the hot tub while you look up at the night sky on a cool, spring night. These cabins have large windows, allowing you to feel immersed in nature even while you’re enjoying a meal or watching a movie indoors. Stay at a cabin with a fire pit so you can hang out in the fresh spring air while staying warm on cool nights.

Our Smoky Mountain cabins are the best place to spend your spring vacation, whether you’re going on a family trip, romantic getaway, or group outing! Check out some of the reasons our secluded cabins are perfect for a spring vacation to help you find the ideal accommodation for your upcoming trip!

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