Best Smoky Mountain Spring Vacations 2019

There are so many things to do in the spring in Pigeon Forge, TN. Hiking, parades, fishing, rafting and more are what make the Smoky Mountains the best spring vacation.

A Mountain Quiltfest

March 19-23, 2019

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at 2019’s A Mountain Quiltfest. Quilters from all around will come together in Pigeon Forge for this five-day long ultimate quilting event, where they will have the opportunity to attend classes that based on their individual skill level & technique.


Spring Car Shows

March – May

Pigeon Forge car shows draw enthusiasts from all corners of the southeast and beyond, making events like the Corvette Expo, Ponies In The Smokies, Spring Rod Run, and Chevy Classic Roundup some of the most anticipated springtime activities of the season.

Car Shows

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

April 6-7, 2019

Play a part in the fun and excitement of Gatlinburg’s annual Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. This event is perfect for everyone, including adults, children and visitors of all ages. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of Smoky Mountain streams.

Trout Tournament

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 24-27, 2019

Gatlinburg’s annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is an experience that offers something for all ages. As winter finally fades away and the colors of spring begin to sparkle throughout the Smokies, this five-day event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park invites people to participate in fun outdoor events.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Rafting Season Begins


Whitewater rafting is an adventure for the whole family. The Pigeon River is dam-controlled with scheduled water releases from Memorial Day through Labor Day giving adventurers the perfect rapid conditions from a float to a more thrilling whitewater adventure.

Music In The Mountains Parade

May 3, 2019

Formerly referred to as the Dolly Parade or Dolly Parton’s Homecoming, Pigeon Forge’s annual Music In The Mountains Spring Parade will return for it’s 25th year in 2019. Cal Ripken Jr., member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and chairman and cofounder of Ripken Baseball, will be the grand marshal for the 2019 parade, showcasing the rich musical heritage of the area and the variety of entertainment provided by the many popular local theaters.

Spring Parade

Wilderness Wildlife Week

May 7-11, 2019

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the world’s most beautiful places to take in everything the great outdoors has to offer. During the events at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, you’ll have a chance to learn about the fauna, flora and folks who call this rustic region home.

Wilderness Wildlife Week