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A Tranquil Escape With Endless Possibilities

If your idea of the perfect getaway begins and ends with a poolside lounger and a frozen margarita, then you’ve come to the right place. However, if you’re more in the mood for outdoor adventures and exploring one of the country’s most inviting destinations, then Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is happy to oblige. Gatlinburg is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, meaning the park’s hiking, fishing, historical sites, and more are right at your fingertips. Take a look at all the activities you’ll be able to enjoy in the area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

America's most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park truly has something for everyone, from exciting outdoor adventures to scenic drives to relaxing picnics. Visit the nearby Gatlinburg Welcome Center or the Sugarlands Visitor Center to start exploring. 

Auto Touring and Cycling

America's most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park truly has something for everyone, from exciting outdoor adventures to scenic drives to relaxing picnics. There is an activity to fit every interest and fitness level.

Auto Touring and Cycling

Picnicking in the park is always a pleasure, whether you pack a lunch in your backpack and hike to a scenic spot or load your moveable feast in the car and drive to one of the designated picnic areas. Check out the areas at Big Creek, Chimneys, Cades Cove, Collins Creek, Cosby, Deep Creek, Greenbrier, Heintooga, Look Rock, Metcalf Bottoms, and Twin Creeks. Please remember that feeding wildlife is dangerous and illegal.

Fishing

There are over 700 miles of fishable streams in the park, as well as several local guide services available that can help you enhance your casting skills and take you to the best fishing spots. Don't forget to get a fishing license before you enter the park! Check with Guest Services for more information.

Hiking

The Smoky Mountains are a paradise for people who like to hike in the mountains, with more than 800 miles of trails for hikers of every skill level. Start by deciding what you would like to see — views, mountain streams, old-growth forests, waterfalls — and then how far you want to hike. Four to five miles roundtrip is a reasonable distance for beginners and those not as active. Make sure to leave early in the day and allow plenty of time to complete before dark. Some of the more popular trails are Abrams Falls, Alum Cave, Chimney Tops, Rainbow Falls, Ramsey Cascades, and Trillium Gap.

Historical Sites

Appalachian culture and history are preserved in the 80 historic log cabins and structures that can be seen in the park, including homes, barns, churches, schools, and grist mills. Many of these sites and structures can be viewed on a driving tour through Cades Cove.

Horseback Riding

Explore the Smoky Mountains National Park as you ride the tree-lined paths along mountain streams. There are several stables in the area for rides on your own or with a guided tour. The national park has four rental stables with mounts and guides, plus hundreds of miles of horse trails.

  • Sugarlands Riding Stables
  • Cades Cove Stable
  • Five Oaks Riding Stables
  • Walden Creek Stables

Whitewater Rafting

If you are looking for an exhilarating river experience, try whitewater rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Pigeon River, located around an hour’s drive from the resort. The rafting trips offer breathtaking scenery and excitement for the whole family. There are several excursions available, from class I and II rapids to the more extreme class III and IV rapids. Check with Guest Services for more information.

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