A view of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in East Tennessee.

5 Things to Do During Spring in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are transformed into a seemingly endless natural canvas of color and life each spring! As the sun comes out to welcome guests, temperatures rise while colorful wildflowers and fascinating flora and fauna emerge in every nook and cranny, painting a masterpiece that’s truly one of a kind! Beat the crowds of summer and discover stunning scenes and unforgettable adventure when you escape to the Smokies for a spring getaway. Here are 5 things to do during spring in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park

America’s most visited national park is a sight to behold each spring in the Smoky Mountains! Great Smoky Mountains National Park becomes a personal playground for adventure seekers from all over the globe. Navigate some of the more than 850 miles of hiking trails to treat your eyes to special scenes and glimpses of area wildlife. Wildflowers add a splash of vibrancy to the familiar green hues and are known for washing away the blues! Fall head over heels for one of the park’s many waterfalls as you experience their unmatched power and beauty!

2. Have a Picnic in the Park

The official food of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is anything you can fit in a picnic basket! Experience all of nature’s bounties and soul rejuvenating abilities when you get the family together for a picnic in the national park. Official park picnic areas like those in Cades Cove, Metcalf Bottoms and Chimney Tops are a great place to enjoy a meal while you soak up everything that surrounds you. You can even bring along a bottle of our delicious ciders to savor with your food as alcohol is permitted in these official picnic areas for those of legal age! 

A group of friends having a picnic in the Smoky Mountains.

3. Attend a Festival or Event

Celebrate the spring season in style at a festival! Dollywood’s Flower and Food Festival has a way of causing the imagination to bloom, highlighting the splendor of spring in the Smoky Mountains! Enjoy the sights of beautiful blossoms, the taste of fresh flavors and larger-than-life sculptures crafted from thousands of living plants. Join the annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage to see and learn about the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. Watch lightning bugs brighten up the dark night sky at the synchronous fireflies event at Elkmont or attend one of the many Pigeon Forge car shows!

4. Take a Scenic Drive

A leisurely drive through the beautiful Smoky Mountains provides a first-hand look at everything that makes the area special! Cades Cove Loop Road, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Newfound Gap Road and Foothills Parkway are a few of the most popular options, offering a chance to see nature’s most spectacular scenes from the comfort of your own car. Along the way, you’ll be blown away by the unique viewpoints of the marvelous mountains! 

A curvy mountain road in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

5. Visit Tennessee Cider Company

Don’t forget Tennessee Cider Company on your itinerary! In fact, our cideries are the perfect place to relax immediately following your springtime adventures in the Smokies. Visit us with family and friends to sip on authentic flavors of the Smokies as you recap all the fun you’ve had and everything that still lies ahead. Our locally made hard ciders are bursting with flavor and are available to try every day as part of a complimentary tasting!

Dive headfirst into the best parts of nature during spring in the Smoky Mountains! To prepare for your visit to our cidery, learn about some of the top ciders to enjoy each spring from Tennessee Cider Company!

March 21, 2024

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