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Pigeon Forge Travel Guide: Spring in the Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge Spring Travel Guide

Spring has sprung in the Smokies and now is the time to visit our magical mountain town. Come stay and play with us this spring season. We have something for everyone from Easter events and wildflower pilgrimages to award winning barbecue festivals, trout tournaments and top-rated car shows. Of course, we have your family favorites but even some new things to do and places to stay and eat. And don’t forget to check out our other Pigeon Forge travel guides!

Spring Travel Guide from PigeonForge.com

Spring signifies new beginnings, and we have over 30 new things for you to see and do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg for 2020. We will treat your taste buds with our new restaurants & eateries and thrill your mind & senses with the top attractions in the nation. From the upcoming Anakeesta expansion to the brand new Double Decker Bus Tours, you're sure to experience something new and exciting in the Smokies this year. [What's New In Pigeon Forge →]

Spring Break Checklist: To Do

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster: Click to go to page.

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster

Wiz through the mountains and watch the spring wildflowers fly by at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster. It’s the longest coaster in East Tennessee and you can even visit at night for a thrilling excursion on the vibrant, colorfully lit mountain side.

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
Adventureworks: Click to go to page.


Climb, zip and swing through the treetops at Adventureworks on the Sevierville parkway. The ropes course is great for families and groups of all ages, and you'll find different degrees of difficulty for beginners and experts alike.

NASCAR SpeedPark: Click to go to page.

NASCAR SpeedPark

Buckle up and get ready to race down the track! NASCAR SpeedPark is home to 8 go-kart tracks and a ton of other attractions. Start your engines and let your competitive side loose to find out who is the best driver and who just can’t keep up.

Nascar Speedpark
The Old Mill

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and have died in military service for our country. We are surrounded by Civil War history in East Tennessee. In the heart of Pigeon Forge, the Old Mill stands as a reminder of the tumultuous past of our area. During the war, the historic gristmill powered several looms which produced cloth to make uniforms for local Union volunteers.

Pigeon Forge Rafting

Reach For The Rapids

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off a long, hot summer in Pigeon Forge. The kids are out of school, temperatures are on the rise, and it is the perfect weekend to grab a raft and hit the water. Rafting trips begin on a day-to-day basis in March & April, with a full schedule of trips for most locations beginning in May.

Go Rafting

Relax On The River

Make a splash and take advantage of the warm spring weather at Smoky Mountain River Rat. Take the family on a tubing trip and enjoy a relaxing float down the Lower Pigeon River.

River Rat
Pigeon Forge Hotels With Water Parks

Lazier Rivers

Beat the heat and save some money on your vacation by booking a hotel with a water park. A hotel with a water park combines the comfort you want, with all of the entertainment they will need. Stress less about planning the perfect vacation, and enjoy your time floating down the lazy river.

Water Park Hotels
Smoky Mountain hikes with waterfalls: Abrams Falls

Spring Hikes

Spring is the time to get the whole family outside to enjoy the blossoming flora of the Smoky Mountains. We have picked spring hikes that are perfect for the entire family. Waterfalls, flowers & adventure await.

Go Hiking
Two kids fishing in a pond

Fishing Spots

Rivers and mountain streams offer guests a bevy of places to fish in the Smoky Mountains. There are two spots in Gatlinburg that are for children only. Mynatt Park and Herbert Holt Park which also offers a handicap accessible pier are both easy access trout fishing spots to teach your little one how to fish.

Go Fishing

Spring Car Shows

Car enthusiasts, collectors and thousands of spectators from all over the nation cruise to Pigeon Forge each spring to admire and show off a wide array of classic vehicles at various car shows throughout the season. With so many classic corvettes, broncos, mustangs, pontiacs and more available to view, plus massive swap meets and vendor gatherings, Pigeon Forge car shows are exciting for all attendees. Make plans to attend one of these great events during spring in the Smoky Mountains.

Spring Break Checklist: To Eat

Brick & Spoon: Click to go to page.

Brick & Spoon

Rise & dine at Pigeon Forge's Brick & Spoon, voted one of the top 10 breakfasts in the US by Travel + Leisure. The restaurant boasts a never-boring menu with traditional options to suit all ages, as well as a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar for brunch lovers.

Brick & Spoon
MonsterMash Burgers: Click to go to page.

MonsterMash Burgers

Sample some monstrous creations and freaky foods at MonsterMash Burgers. You’ll find uniquely themed burgers and hot dogs to satisfy your hunger including creations like a classic Squatch American Burger or a wild and crazy Yeti Doughnut Burger.

Knox Dough: Click to go to page.

Knox Dough

New to the Sevierville area, Knox Dough's edible cookie dough and rolled ice cream will satisfy any sweet tooth. Try classics like chocolate chip and Oreo or go for a specialty flavor like Tennessee Trash or White Chocolate Cheesecake.

Knox Dough

Easter In Pigeon Forge

As the Smoky Mountains awaken from their winter slumber, shades of green begin to creep up the mountainsides and the hills are dotted with the colors of wildflowers as they bloom into existence. All of your senses come alive as smell, sound, taste and touch all harken to welcome in the season. Whether you are visiting to celebrate the resurrection of Christ or to relax with your family, we hope you will join us for one of our many Easter events.

Easter Events

Event Central

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage: Click for event details.


Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

A tradition in the national park, the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage features professionally guided explorations throughout the Great Smoky Mountains. Pilgrims get the opportunity to study the region's rich natural resources, native wildlife, and cultural history. After nearly 70 years of this annual adventure, nature lovers of all kinds have come together to enjoy the outdoors and help build the national park's database with important information about the local environment and species that make up its habitat. Last year's pilgrimage - which included more than 800 people from more than 32 states - generated over 1,800 important observations for the park.

But the experience is much more than flowers; the 4 day event offers over 150 different programs for all interests, including photography & gardening workshops, bird sketching, salamander foray, nighttime bat walk & owl prowl, medicinal plant & edible mushroom walks, nature journaling, and more.

This event offers a rare opportunity for foresty scholars, average gardeners, botanists, professors, and anthophiles alike to come together and enjoy the outdoors while they also help advance the study and research of wildlife in our national park. [Event Info]

Earth Day 5K: Click for event details.

April 24

Earth Day 5K

Spring Break Checklist: To See

Beyond The Lens: Click to go to page.

Beyond The Lens

Pop culture jumps out of the magazines at Beyond The Lens with all kinds of interactive games, photo ops, exhibits and more to explore. Don’t miss the crowd favorite Alien Egg Pit: a ball pit that grown-ups and kids alike are meant to enjoy.

Beyond The Lens
Zoo Knoxville: Click to go to page.

Zoo Knoxville

Elephants, tigers and gibbons - oh my! Take the journey about 30 minutes down the road from Pigeon Forge to one of East Tennessee's premier family-friendly destinations: Zoo Knoxville. If you're visiting around Easter, be sure to check out the Big Egg Hunt event in April.

Zoo Knoxville
Lumberjack Feud: Click to go to page.

Lumberjack Feud

Enjoy a high energy show and root on your team of jacks over at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show on the Pigeon Forge parkway. You’ll witness competitive lumberjack sports in action, including axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing, log rolling and more.

Lumberjack Feud

Let's Go Camping

RV Resorts

Our Smoky Mountains were made for camping. RV Resorts in the Smoky Mountains offer the outdoor camping experience with all the comforts of resort life.



elkmont campground


Situated on the Little River, Elkmont campground has 200 tent & RV campsites with paved driveways, tent pads, fire pits, & picnic tables plus 20 wooded walk-in sites for tent camping. Nine campsites and amenities are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms at Elkmont Campground have toilets, cold running water, and potable water spigots.

The Ridge Outdoor Resort



With something for everyone, The Ridge Outdoor Resort allows guests to enjoy the beauty of the mountains from a luxury tent or glamorous tiny home packed with amenities.

The Ridge

Spring has sprung in the Smokies and now is the time to visit our magical mountain town. Come stay and play with us this spring season. We have something for everyone from Easter events and wildflower pilgrimages to award winning barbecue festivals, trout tournaments and top-rated car shows. Of course, we have your family favorites but even some new things to do and places to stay and eat. And don’t forget to check out our other Pigeon Forge travel guides!