Top 9 Spring Activities to Do During Your Gatlinburg Cabin Rental Stay

Published Mar 17, 2024


Spring’s longer days and warmer temperatures bring the Smoky Mountains to life. Vacation at a Gatlinburg cabin rental and make the most of your spring getaway! 

1. Watch wildlife

View wildlife from the comfort of a cabin’s shady deck! In spring, animals and birds are on the move and starting families. You’re sure to spot some of the Smokies’ 240 species of birds and 30 kinds of colorful salamanders! With patience you can spy coyotes, turkeys, and black bears. 

2. Spend time outdoors at your cabin

Hang out by the fire pit, roasting hot dogs for lunch or marshmallows under the stars. Play board games on the deck. Fire up the grill, then dine in the fresh air. Soak your worries away in the hot tub. Splash out on a cabin with a private swimming pool for a spring fling you’ll never forget. 

3. Take a hike

You can be inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stepping onto a trail, just minutes after you leave your cabin! Try Quiet Walkways for short strolls. Venture onto Porters Creek Trail, a paradise for wildflower lovers. Take a tougher hike to Gregory Bald for stunning azaleas.

4. Enjoy a mountaintop festival

Celebrate spring at Anakeesta Blooms and Tunes, Apr. 14 - May 29. This festival features live music, special seasonal menus, light displays, and more than 10,000 fresh blooms.

5. Learn a craft

Ever wanted to learn a craft, but never had time to try? Spend May 3-5 at Hands On Gatlinburg, where artisans teach budding crafters to make soap, pottery, jewelry and much more!

6. Surround yourself with wildflowers

Join the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, May 1-4, for guided nature hikes, talks, and activities in the national park. Learn about flowers, animals, trees and medicinal plants.

7. See fireflies dance

Watch a rare phenomenon as fireflies flash in astounding synchronized patterns. To see this late-spring miracle, apply to the National Park Service’s firefly viewing lottery. 

8. Try whitewater rafting

Spring kicks off the whitewater rafting season, and Gatlinburg rafting guides are ready to get your adrenaline pumping. Outfitters have options for everyone from experienced rafters to young kids. 

9. Go fishing

Pick a cabin close to easy fishing in a stocked pond or stream. If you’re all about waders and flies, choose a cabin near a fly fishing hotspot.

Reserve a Gatlinburg cabin rental and explore the Smokies this spring!

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