5 Spring Break Adventures in the Smoky Mountains 2021

Spring Break Is Just Around The Corner

It’s been a long winter, time to get the family out and there’s no better place than the Great Smoky Mountains of TN. With mountains to climb and rivers to raft there are so many Spring Break Adventures in the Smoky Mountains to get your family outside. Here are our family’s top 5 things to do on Spring Break in the Smokies.

Drive through and hike the majestic Cades Coves.

Cades Coves is a beautiful valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.
As one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies, we love visiting in the spring when the tourist traffic isn’t as heavy as the summer allowing more opportunities for viewing the black bear, coyote, skunks, turkey, white tail deer and many more of the wildlife that call Cades Cove home. With the 11 mile loop, one way traffic, offering motorists the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of the Smokies. This is our family’s favorite drive through the park in the Great Smoky Mountains, without a doubt!

You can walk some of the trails from the short Cades Cove Nature Trail to the 5 mile round-trip hike to Abrams Falls. The park is open to the public year round, making it an ideal destination for spring breakers visiting Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. Restrooms and a bookstore / gift shop are among the available amenities.

Download a Cade’s Cove park / trail map, find camping sites, and learn more about the park here:


Stay and Play at The Wilderness At The Smokies

Spring weather in the Smoky Mountains can be unpredictable,
Although it is warming up with an average temperature of 63 degrees, rainy days are common.

There’s no better adventure in the Smoky Mountains than to spend a day at Tennessee’s Largest Indoor Water Park, The Wild Waterdome located at River Lodge. Our daughter loves the Wave Pool and the Runaway Canyon Family Thrill Slide. However, The Washout Mountain Play and Spray is a favorite for every member of the family!

When everyone is tuckered out , just walk back to your room and either order some room service or visit one of the places to grab a quick bite. We really enjoy the full buffet at Thirsty Miner Restaurant.

Not a water family? NO problem.

The Wilderness also has the indoor Adventure Forest a 25,000 sq ft. entertainment center with a ropes course, laser tag and a climbing wall.

Polka Dots Pottery is wonderful to let your creativity out and take home your very own handmade souvenir.

For the Golf lovers there is The Sevierville Golf Club just steps away from the main hotel.
This place as it all, and don’t worry there is a Starbucks located on the property to help keep you going!

Spring Break In The Great Smoky Mountains


No Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains would be complete without a visit to Dollywood.
I mean where do we begin?

From Thrill rides to Train Rides Dollywood does not disappoint, so plan for a full day here folks. There really is something for everyone in the family. Our favorite area is the newer Wildwood Grove. We have a six year old and this area is great for hitting a lot of the rides her age and height in one area.

The Dragonflier is a must do Roller Coaster for kids at least 39” in height. There is also a great indoor gym for the kids to climb and slide in with one of the cleanest restrooms in the park.

For Adults and older children(48”-50”) you can take your pick on any of the Coasters from Tennessee Tornado, Wild Eagle, Thunderhead, Mystery Mine and the world famous Lightning Rod. If you’re looking to pee your pants a little try the Drop Line! Lifting you 20 stories high for a breathtaking view of the Smokies only to drop you down in an instant. Bring a extra pair of underwear for this one!

There is so much to do and see from shows, music and many great restaurants.

Stop at the Grist Mill for some of their famous Cinnamon Bread baked right there in front of you. Remember to grab an extra loaf to take with you…that’s IF you can make it home before eating it!

Dollywood opens for the season March 13th, 2021

Wears Valley Zipline Adventures

Situated on 43 Beautiful Acres in The Great Smoky Mountains with some of the longest and highest ziplines in the region. Wears Valley offers exhilarating zip lining with the best views of Mount LeCount. True Adventure in the Smoky Mountains!

Locally owned operated these guys know their stuff, safety is a main priority and their staff is fun and friendly.

Minimum age for riders is 5 years old.


Rafting with Rip-Roaring Whitewater Adventures

Voted #1 on Tripadvisor, Rafting with Rip-Roaring Adventures will be your favorite activity in the Great Smoky Mountains.

During Spring the water levels can vary but be assured that this rafting trip will create memories for your family and friends for a lifetime!  From Mild to Wild Trips Rip-Roaring Adventures offers rafting for 3 year olds and UP.

There is something so special about floating down the Majestic Pigeon River while taking in all the beauty of The Smoky Mountains.  This is hands down a “must do” adventure for everyone.

We are Family Owned and Operated and strive to offer the best in whitewater rafting.
Located a short 40 minute drive from Gatlinburg.

Rest assured you’re in great hands here, we have been in business for over 25 years.
There is a experienced guide in every boat to help navigate you through the rapids as well as share the history of the area.

Take it from our 6 year old who says ‘This is the BEST DAY EVER” every time she gets to go down the scenic, relaxed Lower Trip with us.

For anyone 8 and UP , the exciting class 3 and 4 rapids of the Upper Trip will provide the ultimate in outdoor adventure!

Easy ways to book online here or call Crystal at 1-800-449-RAFT for any questions and to plan your whitewater adventure.  So what are you waiting for?  Contact Rip Roaring Adventures today at 800.449.7238 or info@raftingtennessee.com

Spring Break Adventures in the Smoky Mountains

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