5 Things To Do In The Smokies When Hiking Isn’t An Option

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Welcome to the Smokies!

Welcome to The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee! Rolling hills, mountain streams and miles upon miles of trails draw millions of visitors every year to one of the greatest national parks in our nation. Hiking is a bucket list item for many parkgoers, but sometimes you need a rest from the strain of the trails or you just want to try something new. If this describes you then here are five things to try instead of hiking in the Smokies.

1. Experience the Thrill of White Water Rafting

Right away, white water rafting comes to mind. Crashing along the rivers through the smokies is a thrilling way to see the scenery, do something adventurous and experience the Smokies, all in one go. If you are looking for a company to traverse the rapids with, Rafting In The Smokies is one of the top-rated companies to float with. The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place and the water is a whole new perspective to view them from.

2. Relax While Tubing

White water rafting isn’t the only water sport you should try while in the mountains though. Tubing is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a hot summer day or to see the stars at night. While floating down the river, you can enjoy quality time with your family, beautiful views from your tube and experience the leisurely feeling of a river in the Smokies. Our top suggestion to rent from is Smoky Mountain River Rat, right on the bank of one of the best tubing spots in the mountains.

3. Picnic in the Parks

Speaking of relaxing activities, why not take a picnic to enjoy after your ride down the river. The Smokies have exquisite views, no matter the time of the year and picnicking with your loved ones is a great plan for your next meal. So venture out, enjoy the flowers, fall leaves, or bright green grass and try something new. Here are some of the best picnic spots in the park!

4. Helicopter Ride

Even though hiking may not be an option, that doesn’t mean that excitement is off the table. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and try a helicopter ride over the Smokies. See a view that will stretch for miles and take in a sight that will stick with you forever. One of our favorite options is Scenic Helicopter Tours, a local favorite and one that will take you on a true all-encompassing ride.

5. Jeep Tours

Arguably one of the most exciting things to do, offroading is a dedicated pastime of many Smoky Mountain natives, and you can join in the fun. While in town, don’t miss out on flying over the hills and taking guided tours over the mountains. Smoky Mountain Jeep Tours offers fun and engaging tours and is one we would highly recommend.

The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to vacation. With so much to do and see, there is a world of opportunities. If these options interest you and you are looking for a place to stay Smoky Mountain Chalet Rentals is the place for you. With incredible deals and plenty of options for everyone, Smoky Mountain Chalet Rentals provides a comfortable, convenient, and relaxing place to stay when you visit the Smoky Mountains.