Top 3 Outdoor Activities in the Smoky Mountains

father and daughter riding on coasterTrying  to find ways to spend more time outdoors while on a family vacation? To get the focus on nature and each other, a trip the spectacular Smoky Mountains is just what your family needs. From nature to shops to theme parks, this area has everything you need to enjoy fresh air, nature and each other.

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Explore the National Park

Admission to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free, so your family can explore nature without any extra cost. Those who love the fresh air and adrenaline of hiking can take wildflower walks unlike anywhere else in the country because the Smoky Mountains are home to thousands of diverse wildflower species.

Guests of the park who would rather view nature from the comfort of their vehicle can do so with little trouble because of the wide range of auto touring roads in the park.

Sightsee in Downtown Gatlinburg

Another way to spend more time outdoors while on vacation is sightseeing in downtown Gatlinburg. Vacationers can park at one end of the town and easily walk to the other end. By walking through downtown Gatlinburg, your family can save money on parking and window shop at each of the storefronts along the way.

Not only does downtown Gatlinburg have an amazing selection of unique storefronts, there are also attractions and restaurants that each family member can enjoy.

dollywood signVisit Dollywood

Dollywood began the 2014 season with big changes, so, even if your family has visited the park many times, there will be something new to see. Changes to the Pigeon Forge theme park began at the Showstreet entrance, where a new Dollywood logo and signature butterfly has already become the focus of many entrance photos.

Also new to the theme park is the FireChaser Express, a new dual-launch roller coaster, sending riders forward and back in one smooth motion. This is an exciting park addition for young families because riders must only be 39 inches tall to ride.

If you’d like to spend more time enjoying the outdoors, HearthSide Cabin Rentals invites you to choose one of our Gatlinburg cabin with a hot tub, covered porch and spectacular view. The entire family can step out into the great outdoors anytime in one of our vacation rentals because the Great Smoky Mountains are right outside your door. Contact us today at (888) 993-7655 to speak to one of our friendly reservationists to get your Smoky Mountain vacation planned in minutes.