Travel Guide


In The Smoky Mountains

March 20 - June 21, 2023

Spring has sprung in the Smokies and now is the time to visit our magical mountain town. 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 Features


Wildflower 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 with different options for all different skill levels.

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Meigs Falls

Drive To A Waterfall

Just as the greenery starts coming back out after the long winter, treat yourself to an easy to reach view of a waterfall. You'd be surprised what you can find without leaving the comfort of your vehicle.

Tent camping

Tent Camping 101

Spring is a great time to try out frontcountry camping in one of the campgrounds in the national park. If you've never tried it before, check out our blog as a first-timer's guide.

Tent Camping

Fly Fishing

Rivers and mountain streams offer guests a bevy of places to fly fish in the Smoky Mountains. Check out some of the top locations in the park to cast a line.

Fly Fishing

Things To Do In March


Spring doesn't officially kick off until March 20, but spring break starts early. If you're traveling to the Smokies this month be sure to check out these noteworthy events and attractions.

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Chuck Wagon Cookoff

March 3-5, 2023

This 3 day one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking event celebrates the original cowboy food truck with a cookoff competition, dinner concert, and old time Western activities.

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Ride With the Rednecks

Hop on board the camouflage school bus, proudly adorned with bull horns and join Redneck Comedy Bus Tours on a ride through the Smokies for a hilarious day of mullets & moonshine.

Redneck Bus

Feeling Lucky?

March 7-31, 2023

Visit the Gatlinburg SkyBridge in after dark March to see the festive green tunnel of lights.

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A Big Day Of Car Shows

March 24, 2023

Kick off the weekend in Sevierville with the annual Ponies In The Smokies mustang car show, then head to LeConte Center for the Corvette Expo and Chevelles In The Smokies.

The Mountain Mile: Click for details.

The Mountain Mile

Shop, ride, dine & play at the Mountain Mile & Tower Shops in Pigeon Forge. This new development has all of your favorite stores, plus top-notch dining and even on-site rides like the Mountain Monster.

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The Axe House Tavern: Click for details.

The Axe House Tavern

Axe throwing is a target sport with the objective of getting the most points. Never thrown before? Learn from the expert coaches at The Axe House and compete with your friends to see who is the best at this fast growing sport.

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Toy Box Mini Golf: Click for details.

Toy Box Mini Golf

Take your group out for some mini golf and mega fun at Toy Box Mini Golf. Get nostalgic at this toy themed 18 hole mini golf course on Dollywood Lane, and be sure to stop inside at the laser maze and toy store.

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Chicken Guy!: Click for details.

Chicken Guy!

Ready for a trip to Flavortown? Stop by Chicken Guy! on the parkway in Gatlinburg. Enjoy juicy chicken tenders, delicious house-made sauces, hand crafted sandwiches, and favorites of Guy Fieri, the Boss of Sauce himself.

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Winter Carnival of Magic: Click for details.

Winter Carnival of Magic

March 9-11, 2023

Aspiring magicians will enjoy this annual convention at Country Tonite Theatre.

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St Paddy's at The Island: Click for details.

St Paddy's at The Island

March 17, 2023

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day at The Island & see the bright green fountain dance to Dropkick Murphys.

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Smoky Mountain Jubilee: Click for details.

Smoky Mountain Jubilee

March 15-17, 2023

This free event at LeConte Center involves two days and 3 powerful services of gospel music.

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Walking In The Smokies: Click for details.

Walking In The Smokies

March 30 - April 1, 2023

Check out the annual walking horse event in the Smoky Mountain Arena in Sevierville.

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Things To Do In April


colorful eggs


April 9, 2023

If you're planning on visiting the area for Easter this year, check out all of the fun themed activities happening at the start of April - egg hunts, train rides, art shows & more.


Fly Fishing

Cast a line at one of the top locations in the Great Smoky Mountains, with more than 300 trout streams totaling 700 miles of water perfect for fly fishing.

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

April 26-28, 2023

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.

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Craft Shows

April 21-29, 2023

Catch the fiber fair the weekend of the 21st and the Rotary Club’s festival all week long at The Mountain Mile.

Spring Rod Run: Click for details.

Spring Rod Run

April 13-15, 2023

One of the two biggest car shows of the year. Head to the LeConte Center to see some of the coolest hot rods of all time.

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Lee Greenwood in Concert: Click for details.

Lee Greenwood in Concert

April 16, 2023

Get tickets to this show at the Sevierville Convention Center for Greenwood's farewell tour.

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Blooms & Tunes at Anakeesta: Click for details.

Blooms & Tunes at Anakeesta

April 15 - June 5, 2023

Visit the mountaintop theme park for spring art installations, live music every day, and a delicious seasonal menu.

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Bronco Super Celebration: Click for details.

Bronco Super Celebration

April 19-22, 2023

A unique car show in Townsend that any Bronco owner or enthusiast will enjoy.

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NQC Spring Break: Click for details.

NQC Spring Break

April 20-22, 2023

A bite-sized preview of the biggest event in Gospel music: the National Quartet Convention.

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Mountain Man Memorial March: Click for details.

Mountain Man Memorial March

April 21-22, 2023

This annual Gatlinburg event has honored fallen service members every year for over a decade.

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Smokey Mountain Street Dreams: Click for details.

Smokey Mountain Street Dreams

April 27-29, 2023

A new car show event celebrating the sharpest antique street cars and motorcycles.

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Music In The Mountains Parade: Click for details.

Music In The Mountains Parade

April 28, 2023

This celebration of music and springtime is led by Cal Ripken Jr. and features fun for all ages.

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Things To Do In May


Peaceful Side Social

Stop by this tasty spot in Townsend to enjoy a little sipping & savoring in a modern setting. With lots of outdoor seating, this is a great place to enjoy a beautiful spring day accompanied by a delicious meal.

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Circle Yer Wagens

May 6-7, 2023

Check out this 2 day Volkswagen show, featuring a huge swap meet, cash prizes, and a colorful assortment of VWs.

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Bigfoot Festival

May 6, 2023

Do you believe? Featuring surprise guest speakers, famous researchers & more at the Townsend Visitors Center.

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Scottish Festival & Games

May 20-21, 2023

Watch clans & athletes compete at one of the oldest celebrations of all things Scottish. Featuring scotch tasting, border collies, live music, artisans and more.

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Dollywood Flower & Food Festival: Click for details.

Dollywood Flower & Food Festival

apr 21 - jun 11, 2023

Stroll through the park's presentation of vibrant colors and more than 500,000 flowers at this annual spring festival.

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Hands On Gatlinburg: Click for details.

Hands On Gatlinburg

May 5-7, 2023

Take advantage of the opportunity to work directly with local artisans and craftsmen in the GSM Arts & Crafts Community.

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Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show: Click for details.

Antique Toy & Pedal Car Show

May 17-20, 2023

Stop by Music Road Resort for this premier showcase and frankly the most adorable little car show around.

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Grand National F-100 Show: Click for details.

Grand National F-100 Show

May 18-20, 2023

The LeConte Center will be host to this 2 day car show celebrating the unique mystique of the Ford F-100.

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Bruce Street Brewfest: Click for details.

Bruce Street Brewfest

May 6, 2023

Sevierville's annual Brewfest is back with both home and professional brewers, competitions, music, and great food.

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Blount County British Car Show: Click for details.

Blount County British Car Show

May 12-13, 2023

Stop by the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend to see some colorful MGs, Triumph Spitfires, Austin-Healeys and more.

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Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass: Click for details.

Bloomin' BBQ & Bluegrass

May 19-20, 2023

Enjoy some of the country's best BBQ paired with great live music at this weekend of fun for all ages.

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The Bellamy Brothers Live: Click for details.

The Bellamy Brothers Live

May 26, 2023

Country Tonite's Celebrity Concert Series features a fan favorite again this year at the end of May.

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Things To Do In June


Pontiacs In Pigeon Forge

June 2-4, 2023

This annual car show has a new home at LeConte Center for 2023. Featuring a swap meet, Best In Show, and a Saturday night cruise.

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Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Get the spirit of summer with this fantastic dinner show. Join Blackbeard and Calico Jack for an action-packed ocean adventure.

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A Mountain Quiltfest

June 5-8, 2023

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at this favorite annual event. Attend classes or just peruse the intricate quilts on display.

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Free Tennessee Fishing

June 10-18, 2023

There are two opportunities in June to fish in Tennessee without a license.

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National Trails Day: Click for details.

National Trails Day

June 3, 2023

Get out in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to celebrate National Trails Day.

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Smallmouth King Bass Tournament: Click for details.

Smallmouth King Bass Tournament

June 3-4, 2023

This two day event challenges anglers to test their skills on the world-class bass waters of the Little Pigeon River.

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Smoky Mountain River Rat: Click for details.

Smoky Mountain River Rat

June is the perfect time to splash into some Smoky Mountain waters and float down the river.

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The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville: Click for details.

The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville

Start your day on the lazy river and end it at the award-winning Fins Bar & Chill at this unique place to stay.

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