The spring season is a delightful time to visit the Smoky Mountains, making it one of the best times of year to plan your vacation to Gatlinburg! In addition to longer days of sunshine and pleasant weather, you will find tons of exciting activities to enjoy among the great outdoors! Here are 4 fun things to do in Gatlinburg during the spring months:
1. Go on a Wildflower Hike
While the scenery in the Smokies is gorgeous at any time of year, the spring months bring spectacular wildflowers to the area! The best way to view these beautiful flowers is with a hike through Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is sometimes referred to as “Wildflower National Park” due to the abundance of wildflowers! Altogether, there are more than 1,500 types of flowering plants in the park so remember to bring your camera along for some amazing photos! If you are a serious botanist or flower enthusiast, be sure to check out the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage for special programs in the National Park!
2. Attend a Spring Event
Another fun activity to do in Gatlinburg during the spring months is attending a special event to celebrate this magical time of year! The newest event in town is Blooms and Tunes at Anakeesta, which features huge spring-themed art installations, live music four days per week, chef-inspired seasonal menu items and thousands of new blooms at Vista Gardens! You also won’t want to miss Ober Gatlinburg’s annual Mayfest celebration with stunning flowers, food, drinks and plenty of activities for the whole family! For more spring fun, head up to Pigeon Forge for Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival where you can immerse yourself into the bloom of over 500,000 vibrant and fragrant flowers throughout the park!
3. Play a Round of Miniature Golf
The spring season is a wonderful time to play a round of miniature golf with your family and friends! There are several awesome outdoor courses with challenging obstacles and unique themed elements to add to the fun! Gatlinburg’s largest mini golf destination is Gatlin’s Fun Center, which features a pair of award winning courses with 45 holes of action! The courses are set on a serene hillside and take you on a virtual journey back in time as each hole tells the story of the area’s first settlers and fascinating past! Other popular outdoor courses in town include Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf, Hillbilly Golf and O’Bears Mini-Golf.
4. Take a Scenic Drive
You don’t want to miss the opportunity to take a scenic drive during the spring months, as this is the perfect time to explore the Smokies with the windows down! Let the fresh mountain air flow through your car as you drive into the mountains and stop at one of the many beautiful overlooks! Some of the routes that you should put at the top of your list include the Cades Cove Loop Road, Cataloochee Valley, Newfound Gap Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Upper Tremont Road.
Check out all of the rooms at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg today to stay near all of these fun things to do in Gatlinburg! We look forward to seeing you this spring!