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How to Spend a Weekend in the Great Smoky Mountains

Peaking above the east Tennessee skyline, the Great Smoky Mountains draw visitors worldwide searching for an enchanting escape. The most popular entrance at the Sugarlands Visitor Center is just 25 minutes from Margaritaville Island Hotel—the perfect place to unwind after an adventure-filled day.   

From cascading waterfall views to sky-high guided tours, these activities will make your weekend trip unforgettable. 

Head Out On A Scenic Hike 

Some of the best hiking awaits just miles from your Pigeon Forge suite. With over 150 official trails, hikers of every level can enjoy endless scenic views on their visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take it easy with a stroll down the Appalachian Trail, or challenge yourself with a rocky adventure to the Alum Cave Bluffs. And if you’re looking for a rush, you can head to Laurel Falls for cascading waterfall views. 

Raft the Pigeon River On A Guided Tour 

Whether you prefer to spend time floating in the water or soaring sky-high, there’s no shortage of adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains. When you visit, book a tour with Rafting in the Smokies and conquer class III and IV rapids on a whitewater rafting tour. Then head into the clouds for fast-paced fun on one of six zip lines overlooking the Pigeon River. 

Discover Park History And Local Legends

Just an hour from Margaritaville Island Hotel, Cades Cove offers history lovers the chance to peek into 19th-century America. Wander into the past as you explore over a dozen homes and churches available to the public for viewing. If you’re lucky, you may even spot one of the village's last remaining guests, a Rocky Mountain black bear.  

Watch the Sunset From Your Suite  

When you're ready to coast back to Margaritaville, follow the Loop at Cades Cove. The one-way road boasts breathtaking views you can enjoy at a leisurely pace. Let the sound of rushing water guide you back to your Pigeon Forge suite. 


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