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Pigeon Forge Summer Travel Guide: Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg & More

Pigeon Forge Summer Travel Guide

School is out and hot, sunny summer days are ahead. It is the perfect time to take a trip to Pigeon Forge! Come beat the heat in the Smoky Mountains with ziplining excursions, afternoons at the swimming hole, sweet treats and more. There will be also plenty of fun events to take part in throughout the summer months including 4th of July festivities and the synchronous fireflies display. There has never been a better time to take a summer vacation to Pigeon Forge!

Smoky Mountain
Summer
Travel Guide

School is out and hot, sunny summer days are ahead. It is the perfect time to take a trip to Pigeon Forge! Come beat the heat in the Smoky Mountains with ziplining excursions, afternoons at the swimming hole, sweet treats and more. There will be also plenty of fun events to take part in throughout the summer months including 4th of July festivities and the synchronous fireflies display. There has never been a better time to take a summer vacation to Pigeon Forge!

Car Shows

Start Your Engines

Miss your favorite spring car shows? Check out the rescheduled events happening this summer.

Car Shows

Cool Off

We All Scream

Who doesn't love ice cream on a hot summer day?

Ice Cream

Annual Event

Best Of Pigeon Forge

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New Adventures

Iron Mountain Metal Craft

Stop by this Pigeon Forge shop and learn about the art of blacksmithing. Take one of their metal-smithing classes with an expert educator and take home a unique, handmade souvenir.

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Up In The Air

Gatlinburg Skylift Park

Find your favorite vantage point.

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Have A Laugh

Redneck Comedy Bus Tour

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See It All

Pink Jeep Tours

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Do It Yourself

Explore On Four Wheels

Kick it into four-wheel drive with Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals and explore the outdoors.

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Have A Taste

Rocky Top Wine Trail

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Cool off this summer


Smoky Mountain style

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People ziplining

Zipline

A cool rushing breeze in your hair. The sounds of the zipping lines and you glide. The view of the treetops and mountains that are usually only for a bird’s eye. Let your senses soar with a zipline adventure in the Smoky Mountains.

Start Soaring
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Child swimming underwater

Swimming Holes

Cool off this summer in one of nature’s top swimming spots. These swimming holes in the Smoky Mountains are fed by the fresh waters of mountain rivers and streams and treat visitors to a refreshing retreat during the hottest parts of summer.

Go Swimming
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Ice cream cones and cups of ice cream

Italian Ice

A cold treat is just what you need after a hot day of fun in Pigeon Forge. Rita’s Italian Ice serves up all the fun with their fresh made Italian ice, custard and gelati. Your tastebuds will be dazzled by their fun flavors.

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People riding bumper boats at The Track

Bumper Boats

Stop by The Track in Pigeon Forge for all kinds of fun activities, including this exhilarating way to cool off with friends.

The Track
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3 girls on tubes in the river

River Rat

Who doesn't love floating down a river in the dead heat of summer? Visit Smoky Mountain River Rat in Townsend just before the national park for the best tubing in the area.

River Rat
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Seats on the Mountain Monster

Fall + Dive + Launch

Feel the wind in your face and butterflies in your stomach on the scariest ride in Tennessee: The Mountain Monster. Not for the faint of heart!

Mountain Monster

The Summit Cabin Of Gatlinburg

This luxury 4 king bedroom cabin is only 3 miles away from the Gatlinburg strip, making it an amazing spot for a summertime getaway. The 2 level property sleeps up to 12, has TVs in every room, and a fully stocked kitchen.

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Whispering Waters: 1 bedroom A-frame in Gatlinburg

Whispering Waters

This unique 1 bedroom A-frame is located in a secluded setting close to downtown Gatlinburg. Perfect for a tranquil getaway, the property is near a relaxing babbling stream. Whispering Waters is a great choice for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

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Big Bear Lodge living room with fireplace

Big Bear Lodge

With 3 levels of picturesque views, a private wraparound deck and hot tub gazebo, Big Bear Lodge is the luxury cabin you're looking for. The 6 bedrooms and 4.5 baths are fit for up to 15 guests. Browse the photo gallery and you'll fall in love.

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Getaway Mountain Lodge balcony with mountain view & hot tub

Getaway Mountain Lodge

Getaway Mountain Lodge is a large luxury cabin fit for up to 16 guests with breathtaking mountain views. Packed with amenities, the Sevierville property is perfect for a large family gathering or group trip. Be sure to check out the fully-stacked game room.

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Weekend Runaway bedroom with king sized bed and heart shaped hot tub

Weekend Runaway

If you're looking for a truly romantic mountain getaway, this Pigeon Forge log cabin is the destination for you. You can relax in the privacy of the master suite all day, or have a romantic evening out in the heart of Pigeon Forge - only 5 minutes away.

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Big Creek Expeditions

Explore a different side of the national park via a whitewater rafting exursion. Big Creek Expeditions provides panoramic views of ancient mountains, thrilling rapids that will leave you soaking wet, and an immersive experience that will keep you smiling from ear to ear.

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Pigeon Forge Rides

Rides in Pigeon Forge are not limited to the roller coasters at Dollywood. Just drive down the parkway and you'll see so much to choose from! Here's our list of the top 10 rides in Pigeon Forge.

Rides

Picnics

Whether you grab a bucket of fried chicken or bring all the fixings for a bar-b-que, you will love one of these top picnic spots in the Smokies. Just don’t let Yogi or Boo Boo steal your picnic baskets.

Picnic Spots

Campgrounds

There are several different ways to go camping in the Smoky Mountains. Choose from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg tent campgrounds, camping cabins, luxury camping (or glamping), and even more options.

Camping

Kid Hikes

Lace up your sneakers or hiking boots and hit the trails this summer with these hiking trails for kids. They are on the shorter side and feature hightlights that will keep exploring children engaged.

Kid Hikes

Hiking Snacks

Before you head into the great outdoors, stock up on some delicious jerky. Beef Jerky Experience carries all your favorites plus exotic jerkies and equisite flavors. With five locations in the area, you'll have no trouble finding a spot nearby.

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Summer Hikes

Up for a little rock hopping? When the heat of the summer kicks into high gear, hiking in the Smokies can become especially exhausting. The best trails to explore are the ones with plenty of water crossing to cool you off. Click below to check out the list.

Hikes

All The Rage

Get around the Smokies in style with a Can-am side-by-side rental. There's no better time of year to rent a Maverick X3 X RC Turbo and feel the wind in your hair.

All The Rage
July 4 in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Let freedom ring in the Smoky Mountains this July 4th. Celebrate America’s birthday with the first fourth of July parade in the nation, fireworks and a big music festival at the park. All we need is you!

School is out and hot, sunny summer days are ahead. It is the perfect time to take a trip to Pigeon Forge! Come beat the heat in the Smoky Mountains with ziplining excursions, afternoons at the swimming hole, sweet treats and more. There will be also plenty of fun events to take part in throughout the summer months including 4th of July festivities and the synchronous fireflies display. There has never been a better time to take a summer vacation to Pigeon Forge!