Labor Day sales, whitewater rafting, scenic mountain picnics, and laid-back cabin cookouts – what better way than to spend your Labor Day Weekend, the last days of summer, in a fun Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin amongst the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains? From budget-friendly chalets to luxury log cabins, you can tailor your vacation to fit whatever fits your wallet! Your Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin can boast amenities like game-loaded rec rooms, theater rooms, private indoor pools or community pool access, which would complement any awesome Labor Day party.
Make your last “hoorah” for summer a big family reunion, friend-cation, multi-family rendezvous, or couples’ retreat in a large group lodge and split the cost of one of these impressive Smoky Mountain chalets. Or spend a romantic weekend in a budget-friendly cabin without the kids while they stay with friends. However you want to spend your last few days of summer, there is SO much to do in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies. Here are 10 of our favorite ways you can celebrate Labor Day when you stay in a Pigeon Forge, TN Cabin:
1) Classic Cookout at the Cabin
This is the most budget-friendly way to spend Labor Day while having an absolute blast, especially if you are in the Smokies with friends and family in a large lodge. Our Pigeon Forge cabins include fully loaded kitchens, many with grills (charcoal or gas). All you need to bring is your favorite grillin’ grub! Pack your fave outdoor games to play on the deck or out in the yard while y’all enjoy growlers full of crisp locally brewed beers from Smoky Mountain Brewery.
2) An Adventure Down the Rapids
Stay cool in the fresh mountain waters and paddle your way along the class III and IV rapids of the Pigeon River on an exciting whitewater rafting trip with WildWater! Make your last day of summer memorable by taking on swirling rapids with names like Lost Guide and Double Reactionary and hold onto your t-grip or ask your guide to “ride the bull” on the front of the raft! WildWater Rafting Company also has fun extras like ziplining, a picnic pavilion, and sand volleyball court. Make a day out of your adventures on the Upper Pigeon River rapids!
3) Picnic and Playing in the River
Located just outside of Gatlinburg, Mynatt Park is an absolutely lovely area with shade, picnic lots with tables and grills, and a babbling stream where the kids can splash and play while burgers sizzle on the grill. Mynatt Park is located outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundaries, so bring your 4-legged family members (with a leash) to play while you are vacationing in one of our pet-friendly cabins in the Smokies.
4) Shopping All the Holiday Deals
With hot Labor Day deals all over the Tanger Outlets’ 150+ retail stores, you can really shop til you drop this weekend! There are brands the whole family loves, from Nike to Michael Kors to Claire’s. Plus, you can check out the charming Smoky Mountain city of Sevierville after a day of shopping in the Tanger Outlets!
5) Hiking to Panoramic Views
Andrews Bald is a stunning prairie among the clouds and super accessible to hikers of all experience levels. Recently rejuvenated by local conservation groups, this moderately easy hike is mostly shaded and opens up to a mountaintop field filled with wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Smokies. At just 3 miles roundtrip, Andrews Bald is a great way to work up an early-day sweat before jumping in your cabin’s indoor pool or hitting up a local waterpark!
6) Stay Cool at A Unique Waterpark
Wild Bear Falls Water Park is a massive mountain-themed indoor water park families will love. Mom and dad will love sitting in a comfortable lounge chair out of the sun while the kids will love splashing and playing in the unique fountains, lazy river, and aquatic playgrounds!
7) Attend the Local County Fair
It’s that time of year when the county fairs start popping up all over the country, and Sevier County’s Fair boasts all the classics and more! From mouthwatering funnel cakes, petting zoos, and watermelon seed spitting contests to a heart-warming dog show and fun amusement park rides, you won’t want to miss out on this county fair happening from August 27-September 2!
8) Play In the Snow at Ober
Want something totally out of the norm this Labor Day? Hit the snowy slopes on inflatable tubes atop Ober Gatlinburg from August 30 to September 2 for Labor Day Snow Play! Using their Snowmagic Snow System, Ober will cover their Snow Slopes with the powered ice from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Monday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
9) Learn to Make Craft Moonshine Cocktails
Hailed as one of the top distilleries in the country and consistently the #1 thing to do on TripAdvisor, you are in for a great time with friends or as a fun date at the Sugarlands Distillery in Gatlinburg. Learn to make craft cocktails with friendly mixologists after trying your favorite moonshine and whiskey flavors at the Sippin’ Posts. Many of their signature concoctions, like Apple Pie Sunshine and Bacon Wrapped Apple, go perfectly with your Labor Day cabin cookout!
10) Lazy Float Down the Pigeon River
This is one of our go-tos in the summer: lazily floating in cool mountain waters while you pass lush forestry and play in the sunshine-it doesn’t get any better. With River Rage Tubing, you can float the river an unlimited amount on 3 different routes for one price!