How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in the Smoky Mountains

If you’ve done your research, you already know the Smoky Mountains are beautiful. You might also know that the southern Appalachian wilderness is untamed and stunning to experience and explore. However, you might be wondering if you’re not a mountaineer by nature, how can you get the most out of a trip to the Smoky Mountains? Here at Under Canvas, we’re all about getting #OutsideTogether and creating truly unique and memorable experiences in our national parks. Book your stay with us and experience The Smokies in comfort and style! We’ve rounded up some of the best Smoky Mountain activities for weekenders and vacationers ready to get outside!

1.    Tour the Range

There’s a plethora of ways to see the most beautiful parts of the Smoky Mountains both on foot or with wheels. If you and your crew want to explore the flora and fauna of the Smokies up-close, consider a guided hike or ATV tour. You’ll be able to amble down dirt paths and traverse the immersive landscape of the Smoky blue wilderness in a safe and educational way. You and your special someone will be swept away by the enormity of the mountains and the wild that surrounds.

2.    Get out on the Water

Whether you’re after the thrill of rafting down whitewater rapids, or a more relaxed float session down the river, the Smoky Mountains offer ample opportunities to make a splash. Find your way to the Grotto Falls for an afternoon of unforgettable photos and fun or raft the Pigeon River for a challenge you won’t soon forget. There are plenty of local places to rent a boat or tube or you can get your own rig out on the waves. If you’re not as crazy about getting waist-deep in the wild waters of Tennessee, consider taking a break on the banks of our many creeks, lakes, and rivers to do a bit of fishing… and don’t forget to order a boxed lunch from camp to take along with you!

3.    Go for a Ride

Adrenaline junkies listen up! You might be thinking the Smoky Mountains are a softer, cozier alternative to the energetic Rockies and other mountains out west, but that’s not always the case. Get your adrenaline pumping with adventure activities like ziplining or mountain biking through the lush forest. The Smokies offer all kinds of high-octane opportunities for you to go fast, get lost, and explore harder.

If adventure is not what you seek, there are plenty of slower paced adventures for you and your loved ones. Enjoy horseback riding, accessible walks, and opportunities to picnic among the wildflowers and sounds of the forest.

4.    Relax and Unwind

Whether you’re on a family vacation and want to enjoy a comfortable, cozy environment to camp and unplug, or you’re looking for a place to take a special someone, the Smoky Mountains offer an unbeatable chance to relax and get #OutsideTogether. Parents will enjoy the opportunity to show their children what nature is all about. Couples will enjoy the seclusion and togetherness that you just can’t find in the city. Even solo adventurers and big groups will fall in love with the Smoky mountains and their allure. Book your stay in a stargazer tent for the ultimate starry night views or a suite tent to spread out a little. Add an adventure to your stay for the ultimate outdoor vacation.

5.    Make Memories

The Smoky Mountains offer a unique opportunity for locals to get away and unwind, while drawing in visitors from all over the world. Camping, glamping, or just here for the day, you will have the opportunity to meet incredible people, take breathtaking photos, relax and rejuvenate and more. Due to the variety of activities and year-round accessibility, the Smokies offer a great place for vacationing families, couples, friends, or even work retreats to get away and disconnect. Make memories that last a lifetime with a stay at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains.

We offer upscale outdoor accommodations near the Smoky Mountains and our on-site Guest Experience Coordinators can help you with finding the perfect adventure. Click the button below to book your stay now.

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