Top 5 Summer Adventures in Gatlinburg
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Top 5 Summer Adventures in Gatlinburg

Are you ready to experience summer adventures in Gatlinburg? Located in beautiful eastern Tennessee, surrounded by The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is a nature lover’s wonder and an outdoorsman’s paradise. Plus, there are a variety of Gatlinburg attractions that aim to put the thrill back into your summer vacation. Ready for some fun?

Here’s my picks for the top five summer adventures in Gatlinburg:

Adventures in Gatlinburg

1) White Water Rafting

There are several reputable rafting companies in the Smokies giving guided tours of the Pigeon River, including Smoky Mountain Outdoors and Big Creek Expeditions. You can choose between upper and lower sections, so the thrill level is up to you.

Adventures in Gatlinburg

2) Ziplining in the Smokies

Where better to zipline that scenic Gatlinburg? We recommend zipping with Foxfire Mountain Adventures as they have the highest, longest and most scenic zip lines in the Smokies, with up to 1/4 mile long zip line over 200 feet above the forest floor. Other options include Adventure Ziplines of Pigeon Forge and Adventure America.

Adventures in Gatlinburg

3) Go Zorbing

Zorbing is good, old-fashioned fun those of all ages can enjoy. At Outdoor Gravity Park you can Zorb wet or dry, alone or with a friend, but the only place you can currently do it in the United States is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Go once and you’ll want to go again!

Adventures in Gatlinburg

4) Tube the River

This one might not be adrenaline filled but it’s a summer tradition in the Smokies. Rent a tube from River Romp and float on down the river as your cares drift away behind you.

Adventures in Gatlinburg

5) Visit Dollywood

Dollywood is home to 40 exciting rides and attractions, including the all-new Lightning Rod, America’s fastest wooden coaster, and the soaring Wild Eagle, America’s first wing coaster. Families with little ones love the Country Fair area, themed with flying elephants and a ferris wheel, while the perfect place to cool off is at the Lazy River, Daredevil Falls and River Battle. Purchase a Dollywood vacation package for great savings or to combine your tickets with Dollywood’s Splash Country.

Add these summer adventures in Gatlinburg to your vacation for a trip you’ll never forget!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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