As the Great Smoky Mountains awaken to the warmth of spring there is little that can compare to the appeal of fresh mountain air, delicate crocuses and new flower blooms straining toward the sun. A combination of fresh rainfalls and flowers replacing the smell of chimney smoke wafting from the homes and cabins dotting the countryside. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Tennessee lure travelers to experience the natural beauty of the area and enjoy the host of attractions.
Two attractions that keep visitors coming back are Bill Gladwell, the Mentalist and the Roaring Fork Nature Trail. Bill Gladwell provides a show filled with unbelievable mind reading and hypnotist experiences. Audience participation and a show worthy of Las Vegas delight all ages.
Take a leisurely drive over the Roaring Fork Nature Trail and enjoy rushing waterfalls, hiking trails or just pause awhile and meditate by the river. There are many photo ops as you may spot bears, deer or turkeys. Don’t miss the sunset from one of the many overlooks.
Other highly rated attractions in Gatlinburg include:
Of course, when one thinks of Pigeon Forge, Dolly Parton’s Dollyworld springs to mind. This famous 150 acre theme park also employees some of Dolly’s relatives who are only too happy to regale the visitors with old family stories. Near to Dollywood’s Theme Park is Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park.
The Soul of Motown: The Early Years is a family-oriented show of awesome performances, with the audience encouraged to sing along to the oldies. There is a fun meet–and-greet after the show.
Memories Theatre features country legend impersonators such as Elvis, Garth Brooks, The Blues Brothers, Conway Twitty, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and a host of others.
Don’t miss the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show combining a delicious down-home meal with the entertainment of the award winning Blackwood Gospel Singers.
Other attractions and activities in Pigeon Forge include:
Sevierville showcases much of the grandeur of the Smokies in combination with not-to-be-missed shows. The Forbidden Caverns offer dazzling areas of spectacular beauty, or visit the Deer Farm Exotic Petting Zoo and Riding Stables and explore the Smokies on horseback. The Sevierville Golf Club is a great course surrounded by the awesome Smokies vistas.
While you are in Sevierville plan on enjoying one of the shows, museums or theme parks. Among the choices are:
The Great Smoky Mountains are home to hundreds of wildflowers all vying for their place in the sun. While springtime heralds a new beginning, many flowers can be seen well into autumn, before the winter chill takes over. The Smokies are a horticultural wonderland with over 10 species of trillium, dwarf iris, jack-in-the-pulpit, and lady slipper orchids. The summer season adds black-eyed Susans, Turk’s cap lily, and butterfly-weed, to the beauty. Late summer and early fall showcase the colorful sunflowers, mountain gentian, coneflowers, asters, and monk’s hood. There are over 1500 varieties of blooming flowers densely populating the Great Smoky Mountains year-round.
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville offer many choices of overnight accommodations from rustic mountain cabins, inns, and bed and breakfasts to posh hotel and resorts, plus everything in between. Pets are welcome at many places and the attractions, too numerous to list, are fun for the whole family.
Fantastic in all seasons, springtime in the Great Smoky Mountains is a particular beauty to behold as nature unfolds from its long winter’s nap and provides visitors with a natural rainbow of colors, sights and sounds. There is no shortage of opportunities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or Sevierville, Tennessee for the visitor to enjoy.