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Travel Guide

Summer

In The Smoky Mountains

Jun 20 - Sep 22, 2024

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!

Soaky Mountain Water Park

Soaky Mountain

Opening in May, Soaky Mountain Water Park should be at the top of your list of spots to hit for your summer vacation. Cool off in all the amazing pools, slides, and lazy rivers on this 50 acre playground.

Soaky Mountain
The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville

The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville

The Lodge at Camp Margaritaville blends the carefree spirit of the islands and the welcoming ambiance of the mountains.

Camp Margaritaville

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.

Swimming Holes

Cabins With Private Pools

A Smoky Mountain cabin rental with a private pool is the perfect option for a summer vacation with the family.

Cabins With Pools

June

Rafting tubes

Let's Get Tubular

Lean back and relax on the ultimate lazy river or kick things up a notch with some adrenaline-pumping rapids at Smoky Mountain River Rat.

River Rat
Beer

Have A Beer

While you're in Townsend, stop by The Abbey after tubing for a cold beer and a delicious meal by the river.

The Abbey

Blaster 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
Rita's Italian Ice

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.

Rita's

Rock Hopping Season

The first Saturday in June is National Trails Day, a great opportunity to get out in the warm summer air and explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Summer Hikes
Tastes Of The Smokies: Click for details.

Tastes Of The Smokies

June 1, 2024

Enjoy a day of Appalachian food, drinks, history and art at the annual Tastes Of The Smokies event benefitting the GSM Heritage Center.

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A Mountain Quiltfest: Click for details.

A Mountain Quiltfest

June 3-6, 2024

This year the annual A Mountain Quiltfest event kicks off at the LeConte Center in early June. Come celebrate the art & heritage of quilting.

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Breakfast With A Mermaid: Click for details.

Breakfast With A Mermaid

5 Dates In June 2024

Meet a mermaid at Ripley's Aquarium this summer and enjoy a breakfast of eggs, bacon & biscuits with a new friend from under the sea.

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Free Tennessee Fishing: Click for details.

Free Tennessee Fishing

June 8-16, 2024

One week every summer there is an opportunity in June for children 15 and under to fish for free in the state of Tennessee.

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Smoky Mountain Beer Run: Click for details.

Smoky Mountain Beer Run

June 15, 2024 + More

Hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for one of their fun themed expeditions this summer and enjoy a night in beer country.

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An Evening With Diamond Rio: Click for details.

An Evening With Diamond Rio

June 21, 2024

Be sure to catch this legendary Grand Ole Opry band at their annual performance at Country Tonite Theatre this summer.

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Father's Day Weekend At KOA: Click for details.

Father's Day Weekend At KOA

June 14-16, 2024

Celebrate dad with a weekend at KOA Holiday and enjoy a special pancake breakfast, fun campground activities, and quality time around the campfire.

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Uncorked: Click for details.

Uncorked

June 22, 2024

Hop on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for an adults only wine tasting paired with delicious cheeses and a surf & turf dinner.

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July

Seafood

The Pines

One of downtown Sevierville's most famous venues has reopened with all kinds of fun. Stop by The Pines for dinner, drinks, bowling, and tons of great games.

The Pines
Sky Pirates Of Mermaid Bay
Candy treasure chest

Sky Pirates

Check out the newest mini golf course on the Parkway, Sky Pirates Of Mermaid Bay.

Sky Pirates
Summer drinks

Anakeesta Cocktails

Catch some live music, gorgeous views, and delicious summer-themed cocktails at Anakeesta's United Tastes Of America event this summer.

Summer Event

July 4 Events

Celebrate America’s birthday with the first fourth of July parade in the nation, fireworks and a big music festival at the park.

July 4

Have A Pinch

An amazing addition to downtown Sevierville, Pinchy’s Lobster & Beer Co. serves up fresh New England seafood in the Smokies.

Pinchy's
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales: Click for details.

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

July 1-31, 2024

Walk the streets of Gatlinburg this July and you'll be sure to run into some colorful characters performing daily.

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair: Click for details.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

July 12-21, 2024

This event at the Gatlinburg Convention Center is a great opportunity to find unique gifts & support local artisans.

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Randy Travis at Country Tonite: Click for details.

Randy Travis at Country Tonite

July 26, 2024

Catch a special appearance of the one and only Randy Travis at Country Tonite Theatre.

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Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference: Click for details.

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference

July 27, 2024

Do you believe? Join the cryptid seekers in Gatlinburg this summer for a journey to unravel the mysteries of Bigfoot.

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August

Rafting paddles

Grab A Paddle

Explore a different side of the national park via a whitewater rafting exursion with Big Creek Expeditions.

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Hot air balloon

Keep Your Eyes To The Skies

Watch the Tennessee sunset behind a colorful backdrop of balloons in the sky at the Great Smoky Mountain Hot Air Balloon Festival.

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Ride A Night Coaster

The heat of the summer is a great time to try out Rocky Top Mountain Coaster after the sun goes down.

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Chef serving Trotter's BBQ

Trotter's BBQ

The delicious Trotter's Whole Hog BBQ offers fine fixins’ for the whole family in downtown Sevierville.

Trotter's
Polaris RZR

Four Wheel Drive

Bring the magic of the mountains to life when you rent an open-air vehicle and explore the national park.

Rentals
Celebrate Freedom Month: Click for details.

Celebrate Freedom Month

Aug 1-31, 2024

For the month of August, look for discounts for all military personnel and other freedom fighters.

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Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion: Click for details.

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

Aug 22-24, 2024

The Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion at the LeConte Center gets bigger and bigger year after year.

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Monsters On The Mountain: Click for details.

Monsters On The Mountain

Aug 23-25, 2023

Catch the biggest rock n' roll festival in the Smoky Mountains featuring three days of jamming out at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

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Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival: Click for details.

Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival

Aug 16-18, 2024

Enjoy this intimate, two day music series featuring top multi-platinum Nashville songwriters at the historic Gatlinburg Inn.

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