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June is just around the corner and if you’re thinking about heading to the Smokies for a much needed getaway in the mountains, you need to start planning your trip! Here’s a list of 20 things that you’re going to want to include on your itinerary this summer!

Soak Up the Views

Views of GatlinburgAs June creeps closer on the calendar, the greens of spring make their way to the highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains. As they cover the ridges and peaks just in time to welcome summer, you’ll find that views from even the highest points in the park become filled with life and beauty in a way that can only be experienced as spring and summer meet in the mountains.

Take a Hike

Every day is a good day to take a hike in the Smokies. However, in June you’ll be treated to the beauty of rhodos around every corner and countless flora and fauna that have surfaced to enjoy the warmth of summer.

Spend a Day at Anakeesta

Anakeesta in GatlinburgSitting above downtown Gatlinburg is the ultimate destination for taking in views of the mountains, enjoying adventurous activities like zip lining and spots for enjoying some of the best grub around. Anakeesta is continuously growing and offering special events. Check their website for upcoming events and to make your arrival smooth by purchasing tickets online.

Go Ziplining

Have you been dreaming of zooming through the treetops? Here in Gatlinburg and the Smokies, those dreams can come true!

Explore the Roaring Fork Motor Trail

roaring fork in the great smoky mountains national parkThe Roaring Fork Motor Trail is located on the edge of downtown Gatlinburg and is one of the most stunning areas in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You’ll find historical structures to explore, cascades around every corner and hiking trails that lead to stunning waterfalls and views.

Ride the Rapids

Head over to the NOC Gatlinburg and friends there can get you set up for a fantastic experience of riding the rapids while you’re in town. They offer family friendly floats as well as more adventurous rides for the thrill seekers.

Experience the Beauty of Nighttime in the Smokies

sunset at foothills parkwayIf you’re in town on a new moon night with a clear sky then you’ll have the opportunity to experience the Smokies in a way that many miss. Head up to Clingmans Dome, the Foothills Parkway or take a night walk around Cades Cove and you’ll be treated to a star-filled sky, fireflies and you may even spot the Milky Way. Mix in the peacefulness of the middle of the night and it’s a Smoky Mountain experience that you won’t soon forget!

Walk the SkyBridge

If you haven’t made your way across the SkyBridge yet, you need to go ahead and check it off the list this June! The ride to the top, the views and the experience are all worthy of being on your Gatlinburg bucket list!

Go Waterfall Chasin’

abrams falls in the smoky mountainsThe Smokies are filled with waterfalls and you can find them roadside, on easy trails and on difficult treks in the park. Choose your adventure and start checking off viewing all of the waterfalls of the Smoky Mountains.

Bike Cades Cove

Walk it, drive it, bike it. It’s a different experience each time. You can bring your own bike or you can rent a bike at the shop next to the Cades Cove Campground Store.

Have a Picnic in the Park

Chimney Picnic AreaA picnic in the park is a classic tradition in the Smokies. Pack a picnic or pick up one at a local restaurant and head into the national park for a relaxing afternoon. You’ll find numerous picnic areas and quiet, more private spots along the way. Just don’t forget to never feed the wildlife and leave no trace!

Go Fly Fishing

If you’re looking for the ultimate experience in the Smoky Mountains this summer then consider booking a guided fly fishing trip with our friends at the Smoky Mountain Angler Shop. Request CJ as your guide and tell him we sent you. If you do, he may even share one of his best honey holes with you while you’re in town.

Tube the River

Want to lay back and just enjoy the flow of the river? Stop off in Townsend on your way to or from Cades Cove and enjoy a float down the river!

Enjoy an Afternoon of Shopping and Ice Cream

Carmelcorn shop downtown gatlinburgStroll the streets of downtown Gatlinburg, browse the shops and stop off for an ice cream cone along the way.

Play the Day Away at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg may be Tennessee’s only ski resort but fun in the snow isn’t all that they offer. They have year-round activities that are packed with fun for the entire family. Hop on the Aerial Tramway from downtown Gatlinburg or drive to the top and enjoy a day of fun at Ober.

Ride a Mountain Coaster

There’s no shortage of mountain coasters in Gatlinburg or the surrounding areas. Find one that fits your need for speed or control and zoom through the hills!

Play a Round of Mini-Golf

ripley's davy crockett mini golfA great evening activity in Gatlinburg is a round of mini-golf with your sweetheart, family or friends. Stay with us at The Appy Lodge and you’ll be just a few steps away from one of the top rated spots in town, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf.

Experience Horseback Riding in the Smokies

You’ll find numerous options for horseback riding in the area, including at the Sugarlands Riding Stables and in Cades Cove. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of the mountains in a way that was everyday life for the old timers that called the area home. Cades Cove Riding Stables also offers carriage and hay rides.

Explore Little Greenbrier and Metcalf Bottoms

Metcalf Bottoms TrailA day at Metcalf Bottoms is perfect for anyone visiting the park, but it’s an extra great choice for families. You can hike out to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse and the Walker Sisters Cabin as part of the adventure for the day. Then, have a cookout in the picnic area and play in the cool water. Most days the water at Metcalf Bottoms provides a safe experience with a low and calm flow.

Book a Stay With Us

It may be last but it’s certainly not least! The top thing to do during the month of June in Gatlinburg is to book a stay at our hotel! Our Guest Rooms are filled with in-room amenities, our location makes exploring all areas of the Smokies convenient and our swimming pools are a wonderful perk on a hot June day.

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