Spring In The Smoky Mountains: New Things To Try For Your 2024 Spring Trip

Had enough of winter yet? While we still have quite the stretch of cold ahead of us, we want to offer our visitors some inspiration to power through the icky months and plan an exciting vacation to the Smokies for spring of 2024. For those of you who've visited Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas many a time before, here are some fresh new ideas for things to do during spring in the Smoky Mountains.

Classes at the Heritage Center

Want to dive into old Appalachian culture head first? Check out the unique events happening at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center this spring. Learn about tinctures and herbal medicine, or make your very own tea and herbal decoctions, or salves for topical use. If classes aren't your thing, just tour this museum in Townsend for a look at pioneer lifestyle.

GSM Heritage Center Events

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

This beloved annual event is a great way to really participate in nature during spring in the Smoky Mountains. The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage offers a handful of activities like professionally guided walks, nature exhibits, and more learning opportunities to explore the rich natural and cultural resources of our region. The program for this year's activities is usually released mid-February, so check back for the schedule.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Become An Appalachian Chef

Hone in on your Appalachian tastebuds with a spectacular cooking class at Smoky Mountain School of Cooking. Whether you're a total beginner or a practiced southern chef, you'll learn so much from the instructors at these live demonstrations. You'll perfectly craft a homestyle meal, and - the best part - you get to eat it when you're done! The Appalachian store is also a great place to grab a gift for the culinary enthusiast in your life.

Smoky Mountain School of Cooking

Glamping At KOA

Maybe you usually stay in a hotel or a cabin when you visit Pigeon Forge. This spring in the Smoky Mountains, consider booking a new experience at the award winning Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday. Voted best luxury camping for 2023, KOA offers multiple ways to enjoy your camping experience. They've got tent sites, RV hookups, and cozy little camping cabins complete with fire pits and picnic tables.

Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA

Brazilian Dining

Why settle for just one option on a restaurant menu when you can try a little bit of everything? The rodizio style of dining at Pizza Rio Brazilian Pizzaria is a fresh take on all-you-can-eat. For a single price you get a delicious five course meal, and it's like the servers bring the buffet to you. You'll have your choice among a vast selection of pizza slices (including dessert pizzas) plus soup, salad, and tasty meatballs.

Pizza Rio

Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay

Brand new in December 2023, Sky Pirates of Mermaid Bay is the newest mini golf attraction on the Pigeon Forge parkway. You can meet live mermaids, play a round on the rooftop course, and enjoy a delicious pineapple float at this delightfully underwater-themed epic mini golf adventure. It's tons of fun for any group of friends or family of all ages.

Sky Pirates

Iron Mountain Metal Craft

Another fantastic workshop opportunity is a visit to Iron Mountain Metal Craft where all ages can participate in blacksmithing their very own knife. It's the country's #1 most visited knife forging experience, where you can craft a tool out of a horseshoe, pony shoe, nail or railroad spike. It's a really unique activity that you'll never forget, and you get to keep the knife!

Iron Mountain Metal Craft

XPERIA: Ocean Journey

The newest addition to Tanger Outlets in Sevierville is the one of a kind XPERIA: Ocean Journey, an immersive digital adventure that takes you to the depths of the ocean without getting wet. Interact with incredible sea creatures and delight in the interactive storytelling as you learn interesting facts about underwater life. This is a great option for families with toddlers.


Ober Mountain 4 Lane Zipline

Coming in spring 2024, Ober Mountain is introducing a new family friendly zipline experience where four people can zip through the skies side by side at the same time. It's the only one of it's kind in the eastern United States. If you're planning a spring trip for the family, check out Ober's social media for updates.

Ober Mountain

Jason Hudy's Magic Show

The newest magic show in Pigeon Forge can be found at the Mountain Of Entertainment Theater on the parkway, across from the Titanic museum. Illusionation! The Magic of Jason Hudy is a great family-friendly choice if you're traveling with little ones who delight in a mind boggling spectacle. And don't forget to grab a pretzel from concessions!


For even more fun new activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Townsend and more, stay up to date with our what's new page to find all the things you haven't tried yet. Browse all attractions and lodging options to book your perfect stay and build an itinerary that suits your vacation this spring in the Smoky Mountains.

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