While every season in the Smoky Mountains has something special to offer, spring may just be our favorite! When the last traces of winter melt away, Pigeon Forge, TN and the surrounding area come alive with beautiful scenery and a number of special events. To help you plan your next vacation, the Oak Tree Lodge has put together four reasons you’ll love experiencing spring in the Smoky Mountains.
1. Wonderful Weather for Outdoor Activities
The spring weather in the Smokies is just about perfect. With average highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s, the climate is not too hot and not too cold. These temperatures are ideal for enjoying the area’s many outdoor activities. Here at the Oak Tree Lodge, we are located right next door to a zipline adventure, horseback riding stable, and fun ropes course. There is nothing like zipping, riding, or climbing through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains on a gorgeous spring day. The Oak Tree Lodge even offers buy one, get one free tickets for these incredible attractions.
Of course, Pigeon Forge is also minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most popular national park in the country. Visitors to the park can take advantage of the beautiful weather by going for a hike, taking a scenic drive with the windows down, or having a picnic.
2. Fun Car Shows
Other highlights of spring in the Smoky Mountains are the awesome car shows that come to Pigeon Forge. Thousands of classic car owners and hot rod fans flock to the area for these hugely popular car shows. Even if you don’t attend the show itself, it’s still a lot of fun to see all of the beautiful retro cars driving down the Parkway. Here are the major spring car shows in Pigeon Forge:
- Corvette Expo (March)
- Pigeon Forge Rod Run (April)
- Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge (June)
3. Stunning Wildflowers
The Smoky Mountains are famous for their gorgeous spring wildflowers. With over 1,500 types of flowering plants, it’s no surprise that the Smokies are sometimes called “Wildflower National Park”. Throughout the months of April, May, and June, you will see a variety of breathtaking flowers in the mountains. Some of the best hikes for wildflower viewing include:
- Schoolhouse Gap Trail
- Cove Hardwood Self-guiding Nature Trail
- Middle Prong Trail
- Gregory Ridge Trail (the first two miles)
4. Amazing Festivals at Dollywood
When Dollywood opens for the season in mid-March, it hosts the annual Festival of Nations. This wonderful month-long event features visiting entertainers from across the globe. With everything from African dancing, to traditional Peruvian music, to Swiss yodeling, enjoying the Festival of Nations is like taking a trip around the world.
In late May and early June, Dollywood hosts the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival. This popular celebration showcases the signature music and food of the Smoky Mountains. Guests will have the chance to sample mouthwatering BBQ while listening to some of the best bluegrass bands in the nation.
When you stay at the Oak Tree Lodge, you will be near all of the fun going on during spring in the Smoky Mountains. With our incredible location on the Parkway, indoor and outdoor pools, rooms with private balconies, and free attraction tickets, our hotel has everything you need for a superb vacation. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Pigeon Forge hotel rooms!