Zipline in the Smoky Mountains with climb works

Top Fun Outdoor Things to do in Gatlinburg

The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to be. Nestled beside the Smokies is Gatlinburg, and there are tons of fun things to do in Gatlinburg! When you are in the mountains though, the best things to do are actually experience them! That’s why we made a list of the best outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg so you can enjoy the sights and sounds!

Anakeesta

Anakeesta is an outdoor aerial park. You can reach Anakeesta by taking a gondola or chairlift ride to the summit that’s above Gatlinburg. Once up there you can explore Firefly Village where you can shop and dine. There is a tree canopy walk, ziplining, and beautiful overlooks to admire. Anakeesta is one of the newest things to do in Gatlinburg, and a perfect sunny day activity!

Smoky Mountain Outdoorswhite water rafting in pigeon river


White water rafting is an exhilarating water adventure! With Smoky Mountain Outdoors you’ll get to experience rafting on the Pigeon River. They are have an upper and lower river experience; one is more intense than the other, but both fun as can be! The guides are knowledgeable and usually have great jokes and stories to tell!

CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains


CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains offers two of the most exciting and adventurous ways to experience the Smoky Mountains. You can zip and soar through the woods while ziplining, or experience their awesome mountain biking course. Safety is the biggest concern to guides there and also to make sure you have a great time. And we promise you will!

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf

Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf is fun for all ages, even toddlers, and is a great way to enjoy some fresh air! Their course is set “in the old days” and themed after Tennessee hero, Davy Crockett. You’ll putt-putt your way past critters like raccoons and turtles, and through things like forts that keep the course fun and interesting!

Laurel Falls in great smoky mountains national parkGreat Smoky Mountain National Park


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg! The national park is free to enter. You can go for hikes, take scenic drives, go for a swim in the rivers, picnic, or even go fishing. There’s an endless list of possible things to do, and it’s great for guests of all ages and all abilities! You may even get to see some awesome mountain views or wildlife when you explore the park!

River Rat Rafting

River Rat Rafting is unique to offer not only white water rafting, but also tubing, kayaking, daycations, and a special lunch area to hangout at. They make a great destination when you want to be outdoors in the Smokies but also take it easy. Your day can start by tubing, at lunchtime you can sit outside to relax, and then spend the rest of the day exploring the Smokies! 

You can’t go wrong with any of these fun outdoor things to do in Gatlinburg that are outside! You can even enjoy some on rainier, cloudy days! Find out what other attractions in Gatlinburg you need to visit here!