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Best Smoky Mountain Spring Vacations 2020

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.

COVID-19 Update

Closures & Cancellations in Pigeon Forge

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, several events in this article have been cancelled, postponed or rescheduled, and several businesses have temporarily closed or reduced their operating hours. Click below for an ongoing list of what's been affected.

List Of Updates

A Mountain Quiltfest

March 4-7 2020

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at 2020'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


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

June 13-14, 2020

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


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


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 26th year in 2020. 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 2020 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


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