Family Fun on a Gatlinburg Vacation

Outdoor fun awaits you in scenic Gatlinburg!

There is nothing better than enjoying the sun and fresh mountain air while you enjoy your Gatlinburg vacation in the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains. In fact, the area is packed with opportunities for outdoor activities with your family.

Feel free with a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With more than 9 million annual visits, it is considered the most visited park in the United States. This one offers 70 miles between North Carolina and Tennessee, 520 acres of wonder and blue skies. The National Park is also ideal for hiking with its more than 800 miles of trails for novices and experts. Whether you prefer to walk for an hour, day, or week, you’ll find several options to meet your needs. You can also visit one of the several visitor information centers to receive help with your plans.

While walking the routes, we also recommend that you look up at the trees since the National Park is perfect for admiring birds. From its elevations to its flat areas, the Smokies offer a variety of topographies for a diversity of habitats and microclimates for birds. As a result, nearly 250 species of birds have been found in the park. Approximately 60 species live year-round in the park while 120 species raise their families throughout the park.

With hundreds of lakes, rivers, streams and ponds, a Gatlinburg vacation offers the best fishing in the nation, particularly for trout. Cast a line in the water of the Little Pigeon River in Downtown Gatlinburg! Another popular activity in Gatlinburg is biking and for this reason we recommend that you tour the beautiful Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There you will wander through some of the most picturesque areas of the park. Other options are golf, horseback riding, and rafting on the Big Pigeon River.


With its spectacular flowers, perfect summers, and some of the best autumns in the world, it’s no secret that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains one of the most visited national parks in the United States. With its location so close to the park, there’s no doubt that Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Water Park is the perfect place to start your Gatlinburg getaway.

Visit Gatlinburg and surround yourself with the most incredible landscapes. The Great Smoky Mountains are named for the mist that surrounds them, and if you look closer, you’ll notice 500,000 acres of Appalachia’s magnificent wilderness.

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort offers much more than scenery and its central location, it also has cabin-inspired amenities. The spacious villas have a variety of amenities including a fireplace, equipped kitchen, private balcony, and a large screen TV.

More Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Family Activities in Gatlinburg
The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is one of the largest collections of independent artisans in North America. This historic area is now called the Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Established in 1937, you will find artisans carving, painting, sewing, and everything to create unique collectibles and souvenirs. What better way to remember your Gatlinburg vacation!

For the best view of Gatlinburg, visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle, an observation area with a height of 400 feet and a 360-degree view of the mountains. The Gatlinburg Sky Lift takes you along the Little Pigeon River, and takes you 500 feet above Crockett Mountain.

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