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4 Things To Do On A Spring Day In The Smokies

Posted by Leif Palmer in Things to Do

This is one of our favorite seasons of the year. Spring offers those ideal days that are a blessed mix of sunshine and moderate temperatures – or at least warm days without the sometimes-oppressive humidity of summer. It's a time when we all shake off the winter blahs and start getting active outdoors again. Fortunately, the Great Smoky Mountains is nature's playground when it comes to maximizing a great spring day.

Old tree in the national park.

We hope you plan to spend a few nights with us in one of our cabins in the Smokies in the next month or so, but even if you don't, we can offer a few suggestions for what to do the next time you're in town.

1. Enjoy nature in bloom. The best way to do that is to drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and hit the trail – a hiking trail, to be precise. Depending on specifically when you book your trip, you'll find a wide and colorful array of life springing forth along the park's hiking trails and in popular gathering spots. Look for mountain laurel, rhododendrons and a rainbow spectrum of other wildflowers and vegetation. If you're handy with a camera, this is a great time to capture some vividly inspiring images.

2. Play ball! I guess we don't literally mean for YOU to play ball, but you can hear an umpire shout that phrase out when you attend a Tennessee Smokies baseball game. The Smokies play their home games at Smokies Park, located just off Interstate 40 at exit 407 in Sevierville. This AA minor league affiliate of the reigning world-champion Chicago Cubs is exciting to watch in action, and the game-day experience offers interactive fun for fans of all ages.

Time for some baseball.

3. Make it a lake day… If you're a boat owner who lives within a reasonable drive of the Smokies, you can hitch that baby up and haul it to Douglas Lake, located near Sevierville, TN. This TVA reservoir offers more than 500 square miles of surface area, formed by the damming of the French Broad River. On the lake, you can enjoy boating, skiing, tubing, jet skiing, fishing, swimming and much more. Several marinas service the lake, and TVA provides two recreational areas for public use – one above the dam and one below.

4. The active outdoors. Again, there are all kinds of things you can do outside that are also quite a bit of fun. You can fly through the treetops like a bird on a local zipline course or maybe hit the trail while saddled up on horseback. Several venues offer ATV rides, and if you're looking for something truly unique, visit the Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, where you can slide downhill inside a large, inflatable, transparent sphere. Other outdoor options include riding go-carts or maybe taking the elevator to the top of the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg, where you can enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the Smokies from the top observation deck.

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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