Outdoor Adventure in GatlinburgNovember 16, 2010 58 Comments
Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountain area is a prime destination for the outdoor adventurer. On top of the zipline tours available, visitors can also find camping, fishing, hiking, and more available in the Smoky Mountains, making it a top choice for a great outdoor vacation.
Gatlinburg ziplines are designed to get you out and enjoying the beauty of the Smoky Mountain area. Any of the zipline tours, including Wahoo Ziplines, Smoky Mountain Ziplines and Canopy Tour, and Foxfire Mountain, provide an ecological as well as exciting outdoor experience. While you are flying from the air on a zipline, you get a bird's eye view of the land, and guides are great resources to learn about the ecosystem of the area.
In additional to a guided zipline tour, you can also explore the Smoky Mountains on your own. The entrance to the Smoky Mountain National Park is close to Gatlinburg, and the Sugarlands Visitor Center is just two miles from Gatlinburg. The Smoky Mountain National Park covers parts of Tennessee and North Carolina and includes hundreds of miles of trails and streams and over 1,000 camping sites.
In the Smoky Mountains National Park, you may see wildlife including American black bears, deer, turkeys, and a variety of birds, as well as plants and flowers special to the region. Popular attractions close to Gatlinburg include Newfound Gap, which is a popular photo spot with views of the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Cades Cove is another popular attraction. It is an 11 mile loop popular for cyclists and motorists that provides views of what pioneer life is like in the Smoky Mountains. It is located less than an hour from Gatlinburg. Allow a half-day for this tour.
Trout fishing is another popular outdoor activity in the Smoky Mountains. You do need a permit to fish, and permit requirements can be found online. Open season is April 1 through November 30, with catch and release season being the rest of the year. Popular fishing spots in the area include several spots on the the West Prong Little Pigeon River, and children's fishing spots are available too.
If you enjoy the outdoors but aren't Bear Grylls, golfing is a great option. Two popular golf courses in the area include Bent Creek Golf Course and the Gatlinburg Golf Course. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge also have many mini-golf courses available that are perfect for kids.
From fishing to ziplining, the Gatlinburg area has options available for any fan of the outdoors, and every season is a great season to plan an outdoor vacation.