A tunnel on a windy road in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in East Tennessee.

Oh, sweet summertime in the Smokies! It’s always a wonderful time to visit the Smoky Mountains, but there’s something extra special about summer! There’s no shortage of exciting activities to take part in this time of year. We’re here to help you narrow your choices for the next time you visit. Here are 5 things to do during summer in the Smokies:

1. Spend Some Time With Us

Vacation can become stressful if you’re always on the go trying to see as many different things as possible. Be sure to save some time for a little rest and relaxation. Tennessee Cider Company is the perfect place to savor some downtime with your travel companions! We offer locally made hard ciders that serve as the ultimate way to keep cool and refreshed on a hot summer day. Be sure to check out our cider menu to explore dozens of delightful options you don’t want to miss!

People enjoying free tasting of Tennessee Cider Company.

2. A Picnic in the National Park

Spend some time enjoying picture perfect weather and all the bounties of nature inside the confines of Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Perhaps plan a hike with the family where you can even visit a stunning waterfall during your summer in the Smokies. Pack some lunches for your adventure and have yourself a picnic in the park! Alcohol is allowed in designated picnic areas in the park so you can even bring along some of our tasty hard cider to sip on.

3. Bike Cades Cove

Cades Cove is one of the most beloved areas of the national park because of its unmatched beauty. Wednesdays during the summer are Cades Cove vehicle-free days where no cars are allowed on the loop, making it the perfect time to explore the area on bike! Either bring your own bike or you can rent a bike to ride from the Cades Cove Trading Company. Pedal the entire 11-mile loop, stopping along the way at historic sites and soaking up spectacular views and glimpses of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Biking Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains.

4. Savor Views From Top Attractions

If you’re on the search for incredible views, you can find them at numerous different attractions during summer in the Smokies. Head to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle and look out at downtown and miles out into the mountains in the distance! Gatlinburg SkyPark gives you the chance to walk across a suspended bridge over a valley and it offers chairlift rides! Anakeesta makes a fun adventure for families and serves up special views.

5. Take a Scenic Drive

Want to enjoy nature but don’t want to get hot and sweaty hiking? Try taking a scenic drive! You’ll be blown away by the spectacular sights and sounds as you journey through the heart of the Smokies. There are several different options you can choose from, but some of the most popular include Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Newfound Gap Road, Wears Valley Road and The Foothills Parkway. 

Make the most of your summer in the Smokies by trying these fun things! We hope to see you soon at Tennessee Cider Company! Learn more about what folks love about spending time with us!

July 5, 2024

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