Summer is officially here and the mountains are calling! It’s time to start planning your Smoky Mountain vacation, and we are here to help you add a few fun outdoor activities to your itinerary. This week, Crave Golf Club is breaking down our top 9 outdoor activities to do in the Smokies for the summer.

Visit Lumberjack Square

Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Supper Show

Lumberjack Square is now open and filled to the brim with fun activities for the whole family! The Square houses Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Supper Show, the most affordable dinner show in Pigeon Forge, the Adventure Park, as well as a slew of other shops and restaurants. Come watch a show of world-class lumberjack athletes and then compete in your own lumberjack competitions at the all-new Adventure Park.

Go Outdoor Mini-Golfing

What better way to spend a warm Summer day than playing mini-golf at Crave Golf Club? Complete delightfully competitive environments like Rock Candy Mountain, Bubblegum Garden, and the Jellybean Jungle, filled with crystalline candy stalagmites, gumball trees, and giant lollipops. Watch out for the jellybean Crave-men! This exciting course winds its way from ground level, up a hill and then onto the roof. Get ready for the best outdoor, mini-golf adventure ever.

Visit the Island

The Island in Pigeon Forge boasts affordable family fun all night and all day! The shopping center is home to more than 60 retail shops, tons of delicious food options, rides, arcade games galore, a whimsical dancing fountain, live music, and so much more! Are you in the mood for a little adventure? Check out one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast — the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel that stands at an outstanding 200 feet tall!

Go Hiking


The Great Smoky Mountains are the most visited National Park in the United States and provide more than 800 miles of trails that range in difficulty. The best part? Experiencing these scenic panoramic views is completely FREE!

Spend the Day at Dollywood

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Experience the friendliest amusement park in the nation! Dollywood boasts three 2018 Golden Tickets for Best Shows, Best Christmas Event, and friendliest park. Dollywood was even rated 5th best amusement park in the World! Your Smoky Mountain vacation won’t be complete without exploring 150 acres of award-winning entertainment, over 40 thrilling rides, and world-class dining. Looking to cool off a little bit on a hot summer day? Check out Dollywood Splash Country as well.

Go Watch a Smokies Baseball Game

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Take me out to the ball game! Spend your evening snacking on some Cracker Jacks and a stadium dog at a Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game! The season extends until mid-September and ticket prices start at $7.50 — making this an affordable outing for the whole family. You can check out their schedule here.

Go Rafting

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This is the perfect activity for the adrenaline junkies out there. Spend a day on the water at one of the many rafting attractions located along the Little Pigeon River! The six highest-rated rafting attractions in the Smokies are as follows; Rafting in the Smokies, Smoky Mountain Outdoors, River Rat, Big Creek Expeditions, Wildwater LTD, and Rip-Roaring Whitewater Adventures!

Go Horseback Riding

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Spend the day sightseeing on a guided horseback tour. No riding experience is necessary and this activity is fun for all ages! Five of the highest rated stables in the Smokies includes; Sugarlands, Five Oaks, Walden Creek, Cades Cove, and Deer Farm.

Explore Climbworks

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Last but certainly not least, check out the #1 rated zipline in Tennessee! Climbworks has held this #1 rating for nearly a decade and continues to gain worldwide recognition. Climbworks offers two world-class ziplines and Gatlinburg’s only “true” mountain biking! You can find out more about Climbworks here.

Do you plan on coming to the Great Smoky Mountains this summer? We hope you check out some of these amazing attractions and make lots of priceless memories with your loved ones. Shoot us an email to to leave us any feedback or to request any future blogs. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to be notified when new blogs are posted.