Much of the Smoky Mountains is dormant during the winter months, but come springtime it’s the best place to be outdoors. Here are some of the top things to do in spring in the Smokies.
There is so much to see and do in the Smoky Mountains and surrounding communities that most people don’t know where to begin. It seems that one of the most popular activities to do in spring is to hike the over 800 miles of trails. The trails all range in difficulty and all lead to a different part of the Smoky Mountains. Some of the more popular places to hike to are Rainbow Falls, Clingman’s Dome, and Cades Cove. Rainbow Falls is one of the many beautiful waterfalls created by the flowing streams of the Smokies. Cascading down rock formations 80 feet in the air, these waterfalls got their name from the rainbows that form in the mist of the late afternoon sun. The hike to the falls is roughly 2.7 miles one way and can be treacherous at times, but for the most part isn’t a bad hike.
Clingman’s Dome is another popular hiking destination not only because it is the highest point in the Smoky Mountains along the Appalachian Trail, but because it offers the best views of the mountains in the spring. The flowers are in full bloom and fresh greenery begins to cover the mountainside. Many people choose to hike to Andrew’s Bald from Clingman’s Dome. This downhill hike offers more great views of the mountainside and is a welcomed easy hike after trekking up to the mountaintop.
Cade’s Cove is another great hiking option. The trails here are more relaxed and less challenging but take you through more beautiful landscapes and lush greenery in the spring. You’ll encounter old homes built by the settlers in Cade’s Cove which offers a glimpse back in time to what life use to be like in the wilderness. Visitors can also choose to explore Cade’s Cove from the road. There is an 11 mile loop that takes you around and through this beautiful part of the Smokies.
Fishing is another popular activity to do in the spring in the Smoky Mountains. The beautiful glistening streams and rivers offer ample supply of trout, bass, and perch just waiting to bite onto your hook. In the spring, the Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament is a big draw for avid fishers. This year the tournament runs April 1st through the 2nd and is fun for children and adults. Try your hand at catching the biggest or most amount of trout in one weekend!
If you enjoy festivals then you’ll definitely want to check out Gatlingburg in the spring. They have numerous festivals throughout the town for all types of interests. There is a Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage that runs April 11th-15th at the W.L. Mills Conference Center. You will be lead on guided tours and hikes up into the Smokies and learn about the different types of wildflowers, plants, ferns, and trees that blossom and make up the lush flora and fauna in the spring. They also host seminars and instructional walks. For more information check them out at ……..
Another fun festival in the spring is the Earth Day Festival held on April 20th this year. Travel on down to Mynatt Park for a day filled with music, arts and crafts, kids activities, face painting, nature demonstrations and so much more! Don’t forget the food. Many food and drink vendors will be out to try out new recipes for the spring as well. Bring the whole family!
There is ample opportunity for camping in the Smoky Mountains. Back country camping is popular for those who love to “rough it” and sleep among nature with just the basic camping essentials. Back country camping is only allowed with reservation and permit that must be obtained from the Smoky Mountain National Park office ahead of time. The spring can bring some challenging issues with weather and some trails being closed, so be sure to check the park’s website before setting out for any warnings or notifications.
There are 10 developed campgrounds throughout the park for tent and RV camping. These campsites have restrooms, running water and flush toilets. However, there are no hookups at the campsites within the park. Most of the campsites also offer a fire pit and picnic tables for your use. But who needs electricity when you can sit back and gaze up at the star filled sky and appreciate everything the Smokies has to offer.
Springtime in the Smoky Mountains can be the best time to visit so pack up the family and head on out for some fun outdoor adventure.
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