Top 5 Reasons You’ll Love Spring in Gatlinburg

Stunning photo of downtown Gatlinburg surrounded by the mountains.

Spring is one of the very best times to take a vacation in Gatlinburg, TN! When the weather starts to warm up, the Smoky Mountain area comes alive with a number of great seasonal activities and special events. To help you prepare for your getaway, Black Bear Inn & Suites has put together a guide to five of our favorite things about spring in Gatlinburg.

1. Fun Events

Spring brings a number of popular events to Gatlinburg, many of which are within walking distance of our hotel. Here are some of the most highly anticipated spring festivities in Gatlinburg:

  • Smoky Mountain Winefest at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (April)
  • Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage at the W.L. Mills Conference Center and the National Park (April)
  • Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center (April)
  • Easter Sunrise Service at Ober Gatlinburg (April)
  • Beans and Cornbread Festival in downtown Gatlinburg (May)
  • Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales in downtown Gatlinburg (June – July)

A scenic road in Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.2. Beautiful Weather

Gatlinburg’s spring climate is about as close to perfect as you can get! Visitors can expect average highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Whether you’re strolling around the downtown area or exploring the national park, you’ll find that the temperature is rarely too cold or too hot.

3. Outdoor Activities

The comfortable weather makes spring in Gatlinburg ideal for enjoying some outdoor activities. Black Bear Inn & Suites is just 200 yards from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so our guests can take advantage of all the fun the Smokies have to offer. In addition to the national park, there are a number of other great outdoor attractions in the Gatlinburg area that are definitely worth a visit. Here are some of our favorite ways to get outdoors during the spring:

  • Horseback riding
  • Golfing/mini golfing
  • Ziplining
  • Mountain biking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking

Scenic pink wildflowers in Gatlinburg TN.4. Wonderful Wildflowers

While you’re out and about in the Smokies, be sure to keep an eye out for the area’s beautiful wildflowers. The national park is home to over 1,500 types of flowering plants. In fact, the Smoky Mountains are sometimes called “Wildflower National Park”. Some of the best hikes for wildflower viewing include:

  • Schoolhouse Gap Trail
  • Cove Hardwood Self-guiding Nature Trail
  • Middle Prong Trail (first 2 miles)
  • Porters Creek Trail (first 1.5 miles, late March through April)
  • Little River Trail (mid-March through April)

5. Relaxing Accommodations

When you stay at Black Bear Inn & Suites, you will have everything you need to enjoy spring in Gatlinburg. Our hotel is located right in the heart of the city, just a short walk from all of the downtown area’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions.

Every day at Black Bear Inn & Suites begins with a complimentary hot breakfast that includes made to order omelets, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, grits, and even more delicious dishes. Guests will enjoy access to our enclosed heated pool, hot tub, exercise facility, and business center. All of our rooms come with private balconies, and many provide wonderful views of downtown Gatlinburg and the mountains.

To start planning your spring getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg hotel rooms!