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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
Chuck Wagon Cookoff
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
april 23 - june 7
Dollywood's Flower & Food Festival
Running With The Bears 5k
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]
April 30 - May 1
Smoky Mountain Food Truck Festival
A Mountain Quiltfest
may 31- sept. 6
Mermaids At Ripley's Aquarium
Let's Go Camping
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.Campgrounds
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.