The first day of summer is quickly approaching. That means planning those summer vacations! Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains has probably been on your radar for quite some time, but you have just never had the time to visit. Why not change that for 2017? There are so many fun things to do here that adults and children will both enjoy. Lets touch base on a few things you must do while on a Pigeon Forge Summer Vacation.

1.Enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hiking in the National Park is one of the most popular things to do when visiting the area, for good reason too! The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited park in the United States. Not only that, but it is also one of the most biologically diverse areas in the entire world. So enjoying a hike in the park, on one of the many trails, guarantees that you will see a wide variety of animal and plant life. Hiking has been said, by studies, to increase happiness and makes people more calm. Let’s be honest, life gets hectic and if there is a leisurely, not to mention fun way, to put a bit more calmness in our lives, I say we do it.

There is truly not a bad time to hike in the Smokies. Each season offers something different. Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and it is a great time to see different types of summer wildflowers throughout the park. In fact, the Smokies are famous for their wildflowers. A lot of people think Spring is the main, if not the only, time to see them, but Summer is also a prime time. In the summer months, you will see flame azaleas, nodding lady’s tress, orchids, and rhododendron.

The Smokies have over 800 miles of hiking trails for visitors to enjoy so even if you visit the National Park year after year, there is sure to be some part of these blue misted rolling hills that you have not had the time to hike yet. So, come on back!

2.Cades Cove Biking

Most Smoky Mountain visitors take the time to visit Cades Cove. It is the most popular destination within the mountains. If you are not familiar with it, it is an eleven mile loop that allows people to enjoy old homesteads, waterfalls, trails and huge fields. Most people drive the loop. However, on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, until 10AM, the loop is closed to vehicles, but open to bikers! One of my most memorable and enjoyable experiences at Cades Cove was when friends and I biked the loop. Trust us, biking is a terrific way to experience Cades Cove and with it being in the early morning, you are bound to see many animals out and about.

3.Tubing & Rafting

Did you know that the American Outdoor Association ranks the Pigeon River as the #3 whitewater rafting destination in the United States? Well, they did and now that you know, will you not join us for tubing or rafting? Our area is quite popular when it comes to rafting and even if you have never rafted or tubed in your life, you can still enjoy it without worry. There are two types of tours you can enjoy on the river. You can choose to do a leisurely float down the river or you can opt to do a fast paced trip down Class 3 or 4 rapids. We recommend  River Rat Tubing and Whitewater Rafting when visiting our area. They are located in Townsend and have been in business since 1995. They are family oriented and offer fun for age 2 and up.

4.The Island in Pigeon Forge

Being outdoors is key when visiting in the summer. There are plenty of places to enjoy outdoors like the Old Mill Square. The Island is still considered pretty new to our area and they are always adding new shops and activities for kids. Ole Smoky Moonshine has a concert stage where you can enjoy free concerts basically everyday while rocking away in a chair nearby. The best news about The Island? It is free of charge. Of course, there are a ton of shops and restaurants, but there is no entrance fee. Also at The Island is the new Alcatraz East Museum. If you are history buff, I suggest stopping by there.

5.The Pigeon Forge Greenway

Another fun outdoor activity is the Pigeon Forge Greenway. Stretching four miles from the Patriot Park area to The Island, you can enjoy numerous areas of town while walking or biking this greenway. It runs along the river and showcases beautiful scenes and offers several park benches and a water fountain. It is truly the perfect place to take a walk this summer. It also runs right behind our Bear Crossing property.

6.Smokies Baseball

We have our very own AA Affiliate of the World Champion Chicago Cubs right here in the Smoky Mountain area! Located in Sevierville, the Tennessee Smokies kicked off their 2017 Season Opener on April 12th. America’s favorite past-time is Baseball and it makes for an excellent summer activity while vacationing in our area. There are constant contests and tons of audience participation that include many giveaways. Enjoy this family favorite on your summer vacation to Pigeon Forge.

7.Patriot Festival

If you are visiting the area during the 4th of July, you will absolutely want to make sure you attend the Patriot Festival at Patriot Park. This year will be their 27th annual time throwing this visitor favorite event. Celebrate America’s Independence Day with food, fun, games and lots of music. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and spread out at Patriot Park. Headlining the event this year is Thompson Square! The summer sounds fun here in the Pigeon Forge area doesn’t it? Let us help you plan your vacation. We will be happy to help you find the perfect Pigeon Forge Condo whether it is at Bear Crossing, Cedar Lodge or Whispering Pines. We offer 1-4  Bedroom Condos with Smoky Mountain, City, Little Pigeon River or Nature Views. With a total of 4 Pools, a Lazy River and 3 Hot Tubs, you are bound to have some summer fun.

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