Summer Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains

Finding the perfect summertime activities for your family can be challenging. There are so many factors to consider, from different interests between family members, to different skill levels depending on age. But if you can decide on the type of summer adventure you want, choosing the right town to visit can become much easier.

For thrill-seekers, head to Tennessee, where there are so many Pigeon Forge attractions. From indoor skydiving to zip-lining and go-kart racing, your adrenaline will be pumping in no time!

The town of Pigeon Forge was established in 1788, when settlers first reached the area. At this time it was still governed by North Carolina, and drew the longing of dreamers from all over the area with its lush forests, beautiful views, and rich natural resources. 

Pigeon Forge itself gets its name from the iron forge built in 1820 by Isaac Love, followed by his son’s construction of the Historic Old Mill in 1830. The employment of the now-extinct passenger pigeon to deliver messages between settlers in the area also influenced the name, and calls back to a simpler time. With fine art, history, and family fun – and a skew towards the adrenaline-seeking types – Pigeon Forge is the perfect place to take your family this summer. 

Hiking trails in this beautiful area abound, and trails that lead to beautiful views and waterfalls are some of the most fun to experience! Andrew’s Bald and Laurel Falls are two favorite hikes for those who want to experience both. As each hike is an easy drive from Pigeon Forge, you can spend part of the day outside and come back with enough energy to enjoy a delicious picnic or meal on a patio in town!

Another great way to enjoy the beautiful mountain trails is on a Llama Trek! Take in the views on a trail accompanied by trained guides and fluffy, adorable pack llamas. They can show you where all of the prettiest wildflowers grow, while you breathe the fresh mountain air. 

On a hot or rainy day, you may be looking for a fun activity indoors. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving can be just the ticket for a day of exhilarating fun! Offering flights for individuals aged kid to adult, indoor skydiving makes it possible for you to experience the thrill of flight in a totally safe, controlled environment.

A visit to the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster is another fantastic choice for family fun and excitement, rain or shine. A ride down this state-or-the-art alpine coaster offers you unique views of the mountain landscape, while you experience the thrill of speed. Take in the views and the fresh air by coasting alone, or with a family member!

As you can see, Pigeon Forge offers no shortage of activities for families big and small to enjoy this summer. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure or indoor thrills – or a combination of both, a trip to Pigeon Forge will provide long-lasting memories to enjoy and savor for years to come.