The Best of the Great Smoky Mountain Outdoors

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Craving adventure, yearning for stunning landscapes, or simply wish to reconnect with nature?  When you visit the Great Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN, adventurous attractions, the most visited national park in the country, and relaxing outdoor spaces at a cabin rental are YOURS. How long has it been since you grabbed your fishing gear, rode a horse, hiked to a waterfall, picnicked by a river, or sipped morning coffee with a mountain view? 

Maybe you’ve never experienced the Great Smoky Mountain outdoors. Perhaps you’re looking forward to your first zip lining tour, helicopter ride, scenic drive through Cades Cove, or stay at a cozy cabin with outdoor amenities. Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins is here to help — listing plenty of outdoor things to do in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

Exciting Outdoor Attractions
When you’re staying in Pigeon Forge, there are loads of things to do outdoors. Attractions line the streets, offering outdoor fun for locals and visitors alike. If you’re looking for adventure, start in town. We’ve even shared a few favs for you to check out below!

  • Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster — zoom through the trees and soar around sharp twists and turns or take a leisurely ride (the speed is up to you) aboard this fun mountain coaster!
  • Gatlinburg Golf Course — enjoy mesmerizing Smoky Mountain views while playing 18 competitive holes at this breathtaking golf course.
  • Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud — watch professional lumberjacks compete in a series of competitive lumber games, then tackle the accompanying adventure park!
  • GoldRush Stables — hit the trails on horseback in Pigeon Forge or plan for a carriage ride at this classic Appalachian stables.
  • Pink Jeep Tours — turn things up a notch with roaring Jeeps that just happen to be pink with a fun tour of the Smokies.
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center — raft the enticing and thrilling rapids along the Pigeon River, no matter your experience level!
  • Scenic Helicopter Tours — hop in a cool helicopter for eagle eye tours across the beautiful Smoky Mountain landscape.
  • Bluff Mountain Adventures — ride exhilarating ATVs across trails spanning 6,000 acres and witness awe-inspiring views along the way.
  • Anakeesta — travel to this mountaintop aerial adventure park for a tree canopy stroll, shopping and dining in the village, and much more!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Harboring 800+ miles of hiking trails, incredible panoramic vistas, and alluring wildlife, it’s no wonder the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in our beloved country. Explore the natural wonder and take a journey through history when you visit Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg — with some of our favorite outdoor things to do in the Smokies!

  • Hike to the gorgeous Laurel Falls, an easy to moderate trail that’s about 2.6 miles roundtrip.
  • Picnic by the river at the Greenbrier picnic area that has picnic tables and grills on sectioned pads for convenience.
  • Take a relaxing scenic drive through the lush valley of Cades Cove which features historic structures and prime wildlife spotting.
  • Visit the park in the early morning or late evening for the best chance to spot wildlife that includes black bears, white-tailed deer, and turkeys.
  • Fly fish with the pros of Fly Fishing the Smokies who take you out for a few hours or a full day of trout fishing in the park.

Outdoor Spaces at YOUR Cabin Rental
Playing in town and exploring the national park can be tiring (in the best sense), so you can bet a private cabin rental with relaxing amenities and fun extras will be a welcome respite. Plus, you can continue to enjoy the great Smoky Mountain outdoors at the cabin. In fact, many of our properties make their outdoor spaces a priority for YOU. And yes, we do have pet-friendly cabins too!

  • Rest in the rocking chairs with a mug of tea or coffee.
  • Soak tired muscles in the massaging hot tub.
  • Roast marshmallows and swap stories around the firepit.  
  • Sway with a good book on the porch swing.
  • Wine and dine at the picnic table with friends and family. 
  • Splash and swim in the private outdoor pool.
  • Watch entertainment on the bonus outdoor TV.
  • Fire up the charcoal or gas grill for a cabin cookout.
  • Sip cocoa with extra marshmallows by the crackling outdoor fireplace.
  • Enjoy enchanting views of the rolling mountains, rushing river, or peaceful trees from the deck.