Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains is one of the most famous hiking trails in the world: The Appalachian Trail. This 2,190-mile trek spans from Georgia to Maine and over 94 miles are right in our own home of Tennessee. Not only do visitors to the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area have access to this gorgeous resource, but tourists can enjoy the countless activities offered in this bustling region. Here are 3 major reasons why an Appalachian Adventure should be your next vacation.
Gatlinburg sees over 11 million visitors every year and for good reason! This tiny town is jam-packed with eclectic restaurants, entertainment activities, and scenic views. In addition to the busy city, nature enthusiasts can access the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through three separate entrances. If you want to see the sites from a bird’s eye view, simply catch a ride on the aerial tramway for a scenic 2.1-mile ride. Gatlinburg truly has something for everyone and is guaranteed to make you feel right at home.
The Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg area is home to some of the most beautiful rivers in the state with everything from cool swimming holes to rolling rapids. Thrill-seekers looking to test their luck on the white water currents can look no further than River Rat Whitewater Rafting. Located 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, adventurers can choose from a number of routes with varying difficulty. Whenever you’re done and ready to do some hiking, our hot showers and private changing areas are here so you hit the trails. Are you a first-time rafter? Not even sure where to start? No worries! Check out our info page to start preparing for your whitewater rafting experience.
The Appalachian Trail
Right in River Rat’s backyard is the Davenport Gap access point to the Appalachian Trail. Grab your tent, hiking boots, and canteen to explore the beautiful stretches of hills and rivers tucked away in the mist covered mountains. During your hike, keep an eye out for a system of “blazes” painted on trees, rocks, and signs to indicate the path. On your journey, be sure to make the climb to Clingman’s Dome to see the best views in the state. This site is not only the highest point on the entire Appalachian Trail but the highest in Tennessee at 6,643 feet. Sound exciting? We thought so. Start planning your hike right away so you can experience the wonder of the Smoky Mountains face-to-face.
Plan Your Getaway Today
Whether you’re a foodie, river enthusiast, or hiking hero, the Great Smoky Mountains has something for the whole family. See for yourself what adventures lie in store and start planning your trip today!