Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Things to Do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
If you are looking for a mountain getaway, Gatlinburg offers something for the entire family. From hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains to skiing and ice skating in Ober Gatlinburg, you will find the perfect activity to meet your interests. Gatlinburg is more than just a group of shopping malls. The view from the mountains is breathtaking, and you can experience it for yourself with these trip ideas.

Smoky Mountain Angler

Visit the Smoky Mountain Angler for fishing supplies, clothing and other fishing accessories for your fishing adventures. Fishing guides are also available. These guides will help beginners and experts alike master the art of fly fishing. Currently a half day trip for one person can be booked for $175 and $50 for each additional person accompanying you on the trip. A full day trip with a guide costs $250 and $50 for each additional person. No more than 3 people can go on one trip. Half day trips are 4 hours long while the full day trip is 7 1/2 hours. Gear is provided for free.

Smoky Mountain Angler
466 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-8746

Winter Activities

According to, its ski resort is the only ski resort located in the state of Tennessee. The ski resort can be found in Ober Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains. Skiers can visit the resort December and through March. Certified instructors are available to give lessons and the slopes range from beginner to more advanced trails for experts.

Skiing is not the only snowy activity Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. An indoor ice skating rink operates year round, no matter what the weather. Snow tubing is also available during the winter. Ride an inner tube down a breathtaking drop through the snow.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5423

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods provides outdoor services for those interested in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Walks and hikes are both available from this nature guide service. According to A Walk in the, walks cover beautiful meadows and woods throughout the mountains. You will learn the history of the Smoky Mountains as you walk. Walks are available that last between 1 and 3 hours, half a day or a full day. Hikes are also available. Each hike covers a specific area and the length varies. Other services offered by the nature guide service include trip planning, classes, cottage and equipment rentals, and a hiker shuttle to carry you to and from your car, hotel or even the airport.

A Walk in the Woods
4413 Scenic Drive East
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


For adventurous types who love the water, Gatlinburg offers numerous, exciting whitewater rafting trips. Rafting in the Smokies offers whitewater rafting trips with their professional guides. Whether you have rafted before or not, you will enjoy cruising down the river with them. Nantahala Outdoor Center offers 3-hour trips and, because of its use of dams, guarantees excellent water conditions during certain days of the week. Finally, Smoky Mountain Outdoors offers trips for beginners and experienced rafters alike down the Pigeon River. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day on the water.

Rafting in the Smokies
376 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-5008
Toll Free: (800) 776-7238

Nantahala Outdoor Center
951 East Parkway Suite 21
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 277-8209
Toll Free: (866) 349-5364

Smoky Mountain Outdoors
453 Brookside Village Way
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-9956
Toll Free: (800) 771-7238

Article Written By Jessica Reed

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