RV Vacations to the Great Smoky Mountains

If sandy beaches are not your idea of the perfect vacation, then you may be more inclined to spend your time in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Smokies are located in the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range. The Cherokee called them “shaconage” which means “place of the blue smoke”. A beautiful blue, hazy mist always seems to shroud the valleys and peaks of the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee are located within 10 miles of one another in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Visitors fondly call this tourist mecca “Myrtle Beach of the Mountains”. You will find many of the same types of entertainment here as you would along the coastal area of South Carolina.

Smoky Mountains National Park

Smoky Mountains National Park

Camping & Hiking

Camping is a blast in the Great Smoky Mountains and you will be sure to find something to engage every member of the family, young and old alike. There are numerous hiking trails which range in difficulty. Check out the Gatlinburg Welcome Center to plan your mountain adventure. When you are not out exploring hiking trails and the majestic mountain views you can shop, explore, and taste the local southern cuisine – you can even sample the area’s famous moonshine!

Theme Parks, Festivals and More

Dollywood Theme Park has something for the entire family. You will find rides, restaurants, shows, and demonstrations throughout the park. Spring is the perfect time to visit Dollywood. There are three festivals scheduled for spring 2018.

  • Festival of Nations – March 16 – April 9 If you are interested in exploring other world cultures without leaving the U.S. then you will not want to miss the Festival of Nations. You can experience live performances by an Irish bluegrass group, German stilt dancers, Caribbean steel pan orchestra, and a Mbube vocal group. These are just some of the highlights of this festival.
  • Spring Mix Music Festival – April 11 – 29 You can hear live performances by well-known artists from a wide musical genre – country to Christian to Southern rock. T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Amy Grant, Chonda Pierce, Marshall Tucker Band, and Atlanta Rhythm Section are a few of the artists who will be showcased.
  • Barbeque and Bluegrass – May 25 – June 10 Bluegrass bands and barbeque…experience a true southern tradition at Dollywood. You will not be sorry you did.

Local Mountain Arts & Crafts

If exploring local shops is more your speed then you will want to be sure to check out the area in Gatlinburg known as Gatlinburg’s Historic Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail.  The Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail was established in 1937 and is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. This is an easy walking route that is an 8 mile loop of local artisans who demonstrate their crafts, answer questions, and sell their handmade goods. You will find artisans whittling, painting, sewing, weaving, carving, creating pottery, and stained glass, among other types of handmade crafts. You may discover a unique collectible to take home to remind you of your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Spring is the best time to plan a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. There is something for everyone in the whole family: amusement parks, shopping, arts and crafts, hiking trails and much more.

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