Gatlinburg Labor Day Weekend Activities

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If you are wondering where to spend Labor Day, you should consider renting a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN. Known as the Gateway to the Smokies, the town offers breathtaking scenery, fun family activities, and lots of great food and shopping. If you rent a cabin for a Gatlinburg Labor Day Weekend getaway, you will find plenty of things to do. There are a few highlights that you won’t want to miss.

Splash Country at Dollywood

No trip to Gatlinburg would be complete without a visit to Dollywood’s theme park and Splash Country. From the thrilling wooden rollercoaster to the delicious slabs of cinnamon bread it is a quintessential part of the town’s experience. Labor Day Weekend is the last weekend that you can enjoy Splash Country at the park. There is nothing more refreshing or exciting than a ride on one of the logs and it is the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

Other Adventure and Theme Parks

Dollywood may be the most famous adventure park in the area, but it’s amazing how many other great adventure and theme parks there are around. Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area has plenty of snow-centric activities in winter, but it also has an amusement park, complete with roller coaster, miniature golf, and ice bumper cars for warmer months. And, located right in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Anakeesta’s mountaintop park offers great views from the observation tower, as well as ziplines, a single-rail mountain coaster, a treetop skywalk and more.

White Water Rafting

If you prefer to do your splashing in a more natural setting, you can go white water rafting through the lovely Smoky Mountains. Rafting trips on the Pigeon River will give you a chance to see some of the Smokies’ most elusive and fascinating fauna and flora.

Take A Walk Down the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community Trail

668 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

If you are looking for the perfect souvenir of your Smoky Mountain trip, you should take a walk down this magnificent trail. Here you will find some of America’s greatest artists practicing their craft, and who are dedicated to preserving traditional mountain crafts. You can buy an original painting or sculpture on the trail, pick up a Smoky Mountain souvenir, or just enjoy the food and live performances along the way.

Go Hiking

There are so many beautiful hiking trails in the Smokies, and the end of summer is the perfect time to enjoy them. The Alum Cave Trail goes along the sixth highest mountain east of the Mississippi River. It is a challenging 5-mile trail where you will see magnificent scenery and landscapes. The Grotto Falls Trail is a bit less challenging and takes you along a gorgeous waterfall.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

You can’t visit Gatlinburg without going to the park: the world-famous Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hike and bike along mountain trails with amazing mountain views, through quiet forests, open grassy meadows, and alongside gurgling mountain streams with cascading waterfalls. Explore remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain communities, cemeteries and ghost towns. A few of the more popular spots to visit are Little Greenbrier Cemetery, Elkmont Ghost town, Chimney Top and Cades Cove.

Get High

Get high – elevation wise – for the best views around! You can go the natural route – like climbing Mt. LeConte in the park or go for man-made experiences like the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, Gatlinburg SkyLift and Sky Bridge, and the Gatlinburg Space Needle. The panoramic views of the Smokies and Gatlinburg from the top of the Space Needle are breathtaking. The SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian cable bridge in the country, is certainly worth a visit. Located at the top of the SkyLift, about 500 feet higher than Gatlinburg itself, its single span stretches across the valley. And you can easily see that valley through the bridge’s glass floor in the center of the span.

Take a Tour

It may seem like taking the easy way out but taking a guided tour of the area is the best way to learn about Appalachia and its rich history. Explore one or all of the Tennessee Heritage Trail pathways, take a Moonshine Tour, Wine & Shine Tour, Distillery Tour, Ghost and Hauntings Tour, a self-driving tour through the park, or a Thundering Streams and Waterfall Tour. Tour by foot, horseback, trolley, bike or electric bike, car, or bus. Take things up a notch and tour by helicopter or llama!

Where to Stay

Your Gatlinburg vacation should include accommodations that will let you enjoy the peace and quiet of the Smokies. The Cabin Rental Store can find you a fantastic home nestled in the mountains. Our homes are rustic on the outside and filled with modern-day conveniences on the inside. They are very popular with regulars, so give us a call today to book your Gatlinburg Labor Day Weekend stay!