4 Great Ways to Enjoy Summer in the Smoky Mountains


The end of summer is nearly upon us! The days may still be hot and the sun may still be setting late, but people across Tennessee are making their plans to make the most of the season before we slip into autumn weather.

At Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, we love spending our summers outside. With the Smoky Mountains right in our backyard, there are so many great ways to enjoy the outdoors and soak in the sunshine! Today, we’re putting together our picks for the top four outdoor activities to add to your summer bucket list. Don’t let the season slip away — be proactive now by making plans to:

1. Take a Camping Trip

What better way to enjoy the outdoors than to surround yourself with them? Camping in the Smoky Mountains is a tried-and-true adventure. With average temperatures ranging from the mid-fifties to the high-seventies in June and July, summer is the perfect time to get out there and enjoy being in nature. There’s something therapeutic about getting off the grid for a while, even if it’s just for a weekend.

Just remember that you’re in bear country, and that afternoon thunderstorms are fairly common in the summer. Prepare accordingly, and you’ll have a blast!

2. Hike Part of the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200-mile hiking trail stretching from northern Georgia to Maine. Like the Pacific Crest Trail along the West Coast, and the Continental Divide Trail along the mountainous backbone of the Rockies, the Appalachian Trail is a country-spanning thru-hike that takes months to complete.

You probably won’t be able to hike the entire thing this summer, but you can take shorter hiking trips along segments of the trail! The AT is known for its rich green “tree tunnels” and sleeping shelters placed a day’s walk apart. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy seeing a piece of one of the longest wilderness paths in the world.

3. Float a Lazy River

Want to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors without the effort of camping or hiking? Grab an inner tube and some friends and head for one of Tennessee’s two best floating rivers: the Little Pigeon River near Sevierville or the Little River near Townsend. Each river features nice scenery, crystal clear water, swimming holes, and even sections of rapids for adrenaline seekers.

If you’d prefer a supervised experience, there are some local outfitters around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge who will happily guide your lazy float.

4. Cross Zorbing Off Your Bucket List

Looking for a different kind of outdoor adventure? One with a little less nature and a little more adrenaline? Plan a trip to Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and give zorbing a try!

Zorbing was invented in New Zealand in the 1990s, when two brothers decided to build a giant inflatable ball large enough to accommodate an adult person. The resulting human hamster ball was buoyant enough to float on water and sturdy enough to tumble down hills without puncturing.

Now, you can try downhill zorbing yourself right here in the Smoky Mountains! Outdoor Gravity Park is open year-round, only closing for Christmas, impassable roadways, or lightning, and we have both wet zorbing and dry zorbing options available. It’s safe and fun for the whole family, and summertime is the best time to try it!

Seize the summer. Order your tickets online now to take advantage of our online discount, and if you’d like to learn more about zorbing, feel free to browse our site or give us a call today. We’re ready to answer all of your questions, and we look forward to pushing you down a hill in a giant human hamster ball very soon.