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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 2021. 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 Gatlinburg SkyLift Park expansion to the brand new shops opening all around Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville, you're sure to experience something exciting in the Smokies in 2021. [What's New In Pigeon Forge →]

Spring Break Checklist: To Do

Redneck Comedy Bus Tours: Click to go to page.

Redneck Comedy Bus Tours

Maybe it’s the mullets, could be the moonshine or maybe these folks just have a genuine knack for making people laugh! Hop on board the camouflage school bus, proudly adorned with bull horns and join Redneck Comedy Bus Tours on a ride through the Smokies.

Redneck Comedy Bus Tours
The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops: Click to go to page.

The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops

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.

The Mountain Mile & Tower Shops
The Axe House: Click to go to page.

The Axe House

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 in Pigeon Forge or Sevierville and compete with your friends to see who is the best at this fast growing sport.

The Axe House
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

Smokies Cuban Cafe: Click to go to page.

Smokies Cuban Cafe

Looking to picnic in the National Park? Make Smokies Cuban Cafe your go-to stop for delicious and fresh traditional Cuban foods. Stop by to try something new! They have dine-in, take out and catering available.

Smokies Cuban Cafe
Junction 35 Spirits: Click to go to page.

Junction 35 Spirits

Junction 35 Spirits is Tennessee's first Distillery to offer a full service restaurant. Come enjoy high quality and unique spirits paired with delicious signature dishes that will keep you coming back for more.

Junction 35 Spirits
Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard: Click to go to page.

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard

As the weather warms up, cool down with a sweet treat from Rita's Italian Ice. While you vist, stop by for some of Rita’s famous Italian Ice, award-winning Frozen Custard, Gelati, or another signature treat.

Rita's Italian Ice

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.

april 21-24

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]

Spring Break Checklist: To See

Anakeesta: Click to go to page.

Anakeesta

A mountain of adventure awaits at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg. Enjoy a chondola, chairlift or ridge rambler ride up to the top of the park. Then, have a blast on the TreeTop Skywalk, Rail Runner, Dueling Ziplines and more while you visit, and don't miss the 360 degree views from the brand new AnaVista Tower.

Anakeesta
Scenic Helicopter Tours: Click to go to page.

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Take to the skies for a new perspective on the Smokies with Scenic Helicopter Tours. Pick a tour that fits your trip and budget best and see sights like the French Broad River, Douglas Lake, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Scenic Helicopter Tours
Smoky Mountain Llama Treks: Click to go to page.

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

Enjoy the great outdoors with some unique company: Llamas! Smoky Mountain Llama Treks will take you on a guided tour of the mountains. They offer 3 different hikes with llamas and a petting zoo to enjoy on-site. Each guest walks their own llama on this adventure.

Smoky Mountain Llama Treks

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.

Campgrounds

Elkmont

elkmont campground

Frontcountry

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

glamping

Glamping

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!