Outdoor Activities- Spring Fun in the Smoky Mountains

Are you visiting the Smoky Mountains this spring? You should be. With beautiful weather, gorgeous mountain views, and loads of outdoor activities for every level of fitness, there’s something in the Smokies for everyone. Here’s a list of 10 outdoor activities you need to try this spring in the Smoky Mountains. 

Zip Lining

Thrill-seekers, look no further than zip lining in the Smoky Mountains! With multiple 5-star zip line companies in the Gatlinburg area offering everything from guided tours through the mountains to 2-hour treetop experiences, you’re sure to find the adventure of a lifetime! 


It goes without saying that if you’re visiting the Smoky Mountains in the springtime, you have to go on a hike! If you’re there around late April to early May, expect to be wowed by the park’s 1,500 different types of flowering plants. Check out White Oak Sinks and Porters Creek Trail for the best views of spring wildflowers. 

Mountain Biking 

You don’t have to be a professional mountain biker (or even own a mountain bike!) to enjoy the national park’s trails by bicycle. There are multiple bike rental companies in the Gatlinburg area, including an electric mountain bike rental company, so if you don’t like the idea of aching calves but still want to explore the Smoky Mountains by bike, you can! Rocking chairs overlooking the mountain side

White Water Rafting

Mountain rivers can be unpredictable in the spring, so get ready for a thrilling ride! Although many white water adventures operate in the spring, be sure to call ahead of time to check availability. 

Horseback Riding 

Ever dreamed of riding on horseback through green-budding forests and fields full of wildflowers? Well, even if you haven’t imagined it, you can still experience it this spring in the Smoky Mountains! There are multiple top-rated horseback riding services located within a few miles of Gatlinburg, all operating from early March.


Although not a traditional Smoky Mountain outdoor activity, zorbing is one that deserves mention. The Outdoor Gravity Park, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is the only zorbing park in the US. Operating year-round, players climb into 11-foot inflatable balls and roll down the park’s 1,000 foothills. From fast tracks to zig-zag courses, it’s an adrenaline rush for everyone on board! 

Cave Exploring

While there are numerous caves in the Smoky mountains (many of which serve as winter homes to the region’s black bears), only two are open to the public, Forbidden Caverns and Tuckaleechee Caverns; both located less than an hour outside of Gatlinburg. The size of the caverns and formations found in them make these caves a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Smoky Mountains this spring. Bring a good set of hiking shoes and a flashlight! 


There’s no better way to enjoy the peace and beauty of springtime in the Smoky Mountains than by hanging your hammock between two red spruce trees and merely reading a book, taking a nap, or listening to the sounds of the forest.


If you want to experience the river in a more interactive setting, kayaking is for you. You’ll be navigating rapids, so be sure to book a guided tour.

A Cabin With a View

Who doesn’t love the fresh air of the mountains, the bursting forth of new greenery, the blooming of flowers? The Great Smoky Mountains are a special place any time of year but Spring holds a special place in our heart. With so much to do and so much to see, how could you go wrong? Find your perfect home away from home at Mountain Air Cabin Rentals and let the Springtime fun begin!!