The snow has melted. The flowers are blooming. The birds are flocking back. And, in countless American households, the kids are home for Spring Break. What better time for a family getaway here in the Great Smoky Mountains?
As the weather warms up, you'll find plenty to do, outdoors and indoors alike. From hiking to fishing... from crafts shows to festivals... you'll never run out of fun-filled adventures in the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area. Here are just a few options.
Smoky Mountain Easter Events
If you're here for Easter (April 1, 2018), be sure to enjoy some of the area's many special holiday events.
On Saturday, March 31, head to Pigeon Forge's Patriot Park for the huge (free) annual Easter Egg Hunt. Then, right around sunset (6:30 p.m.), visit the Gazebo at 138 Bruce Street, downtown Sevierville, for the Easter Extravaganza. Free and open to the public, this annual event features crafts, stories, another egg hunt, plus a special visit from the Easter Bunny. To top it off, there's a free showing of The Velveteen Rabbit, the endearing classic movie based on the beloved children's book.
On Easter morning itself, ride the Aerial Tramway (free) up to the summit of Ober Gatlinburg for the 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service. Held outdoors (weather permitting), this popular annual service offers the best seats in town – overlooking the Smokies and facing into the sunrise. Afterward, you can savor a scrumptious brunch at Seasons of Ober Restaurant.
Prefer to worship at a slightly lower elevation? Come to Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa at 7 a.m. for Easter Sunday Sunrise Service. Then enjoy a delicious brunch at the resort's fabled Song and Hearth restaurant (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Any anglers in the family? Check out the 19th annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament, slated for Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, 2018. Come fish the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River – more than 20 miles of sparkling water, specially stocked with over 10,000 trout. Enjoy exciting sport and breathtaking scenery as you compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes. Pre-registration is required, so don't miss out!
Love arts & crafts? Join Gatlinburg's Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community April 13-15 for the 2018 Hands-On Gatlinburg Weekend. Choose from over 40 classes, taught by professional craftspeople, where you can learn everything from painting to wood carving to chair-seat weaving... and craft anything from jewelry and pottery to baskets, birdhouses, and more. It's fun and fulfilling, and you'll get to keep your own hand-crafted creations. But classes fill up fast, so be sure to book ahead of time.
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
By late April, the Smokies are in full bloom, with countless beautiful wildflowers dotting the woods and meadows. Hike area trails to glimpse legendary Appalachian blossoms like Spring Beauty, Bloodroot, and Galax. Plus, come to W.L. Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg for the 68th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (April 24-28).
Led by botanical experts and wildlife authorities, the Pilgrimage offers over 150 programs, including fascinating seminars, guided hiking tours, instructional walks, and more. There's something for everyone, from kids to seniors... and it's all offered at reasonable rates, with special discounts for students. (Kids under 15 attend free.)
Book Your Spring Smokies Getaway Now
Springtime events draw lots of folks to the Smokies, and accommodations fill up fast. Contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals today to reserve your comfortable mountain cabin.
Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Mountain cabins near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at http://www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.