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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains You Should Try

May 28, 2020

When you come to the Smokies, you will definitely want to spend some time outside. There are several fun outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains you should try, from fishing to hiking. Look at these top 5 outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains you should try: 

1. Ziplining 

people ziplining.jpgIf you love adventure and the outdoors, you should go ziplining! There’s nothing more exciting than being strapped into a harness and flying through the trees from platform to platform. You’ll find tours with mountain view trips and tree top trips. There are also tours where you can race down the hills against friends and family to add another level of fun. Quite a few of these zipline companies have bridges or obstacle courses in the trees for even more fun!

2. Hiking

The most popular outdoor activity in the Smoky Mountains is hiking. There are over 800 miles of hiking trails. They range from easy to moderate to difficult, so there’s a hike that’s perfect for everyone! A great way to pick which hiking trail you want to go on is to decide what kind of features you want to see. There are waterfalls, mountain views, wooded views, historic buildings, and much more. You might even see wildlife along your hike!

3. Fishing

fishing in the mountains.jpgDo you like to fish? Then you should go fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! You can actually fish at any water source in the park, from creeks to rivers. With over 2,900 miles of streams in the park, you have plenty to choose from! In order to be able to fish in the park, you do need a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license. Some of the fish you might see are trout and bass. You are allowed to fish from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

4. Horseback Riding

 For any animal lovers in your group, you should take them horseback riding! Small children can ride with parents, but older kids and adults get their own horse. All tours are led by a guide on their own horse, and you will travel along trails in the mountains, walking over creeks and up hills. No matter how old you are, you’ll have a great time riding horses in the Smoky Mountains!

5. White Water Rafting

rafting in the mountains.jpgAnother exciting outdoor activity in the Smoky Mountains is white water rafting! This is a great thing to do with the whole family to make memories together on your next trip. Lower river trips are perfect for small kids or people who don’t want to go on a crazy ride. Upper river trips are more likely to have class 3 and 4 rapids, making it an exciting ride. No matter what trip you choose, you’ll have fun with your family and friends!

 These outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains are things you definitely have to do when you’re in town. Since you have an idea of what you will do when you’re in town, now you just need a place to stay. Look through our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and book one for your next vacation today!