It’s time for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to start planning their family’s Best Vacations Ever this summer.

Now is the perfect time to plan a family outdoor adventure! Fortunately, Pigeon Forge is full of activities and its action-packed Smoky Mountains are blessed with a variety of trails, white-water rafting, zorbing, as well as numerous adventures that are both challenging and rewarding for people of all ages. It’s a great reminder of why Pigeon Forge is the ideal destination for outdoor lovers in the summer months. From hiking and biking mountain trails to white water rafting, Pigeon Forge offers visitors more than just T-shirts and souvenirs. With the Smokies, it’s not surprising that the area enjoys an abundance of backpacking, hiking, biking, bird and wildlife watching, cascading waterfalls, secret coves and national park opportunities. Whether you crave tumultuous rapids, a quiet paddle, historical and cultural treasures, a charming outdoorsy lifestyle or the famous attractions like Dollywood and its sister attractions, a Best Vacation Ever (BVE) trip to Pigeon Forge is the perfect antidote for family summer getaways, especially with opportunities for custom BVE vacation packages provided by Preferred Guest Resorts that include complimentary accommodations for not only the best vacation ever but also at cheaper than retail travel costs that will have even you most well traveled friends green with envy.

Get in touch with Mother Nature on an incredible BVE family vacation to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Why Pigeon Forge?

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is nestled at the basin of the Great Smoky Mountains—an ethereal setting with a thriving atmosphere, plus plenty of intriguing boutiques, shopping and eclectic cuisine options. It’s the perfect place to get in touch with Mother Nature, in an blanketed with numerous activities that are ripe for every type of outdoor nature lover, with hiking, touring and activities in some of the mountain range’s best terrain. Pigeon Forge and The Smoky Mountains are buttoned up with a wide variety of activities for everyone in the family, of all ages, for one of those truly unforgettable family vacations, and at amazingly low costs that save hundreds off your travel budget–meaning more play money or just a low-cost vacation you can’t afford to pass up!

Outdoor enthusiasts will love a Best Vacations Ever adventure in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains’ numerous activities and natural treasures.

Exploring the Mountains

The Smoky Mountains’ parks, forestry and trails are compact and welcoming, so you can create your own route and method of venturing as you conquer one of these top-notch areas and trails. Outdoor adventure travelers are rewarding with peak experiences and activities. If you do plan on spending a lot of time in the mountains, there are a few items everyone in the group will want to pack up if you plan on venturing into the mountains. Parents and those who love the outdoors but sit a lot behind work desks, please take note: Mountain trekking is a great way to get fit and fabulous, but can be challenging on those traveler’s that are not in shape decent shape. The mountains are much easier and more enjoyable sometimes with the help of an electronic device, like a Segway, four-wheeler or scooter (maybe even a jeep-style safari for older group traveler members), is a great way to get kids to explore the Smoke Mountain’s beauty on a long hike. But you’ll surely go home with a stronger and more inspired fitness attitude.

Check out our recommended list of supplies, then decide which to pack and which to buy onsite forexploring the Smoky Mountains on your Best Vacations Ever trip.

Basic Mountain-Trekking Supplies

There are numerous tours and guided treks in the mountains so you can certainly make sure to ask what supplies you will need on your specific excursions. Here are a few Best Vacations Evers’ suggestions of items should take in your backpack carry-on if flying into Pigeon Forge and some you should buy at a local drug store to save the packing space:

  • Hiking boots
  • Ergonomic backpacks
  • Frozen water bottles that stay cooler longer
  • Traveler’s first-aid kit
  • Inhalers and epi-pens for allergies if needed
  • Binoculars and camera/camcorder
  • Compass and regional mountain guides/maps
  • Outdoorsman’s pocketknife, which you’ll have to pack in your luggage
  • Insect repellant or lotion and sunscreen
  • Outdoorsman’s hat and sunglasses
  • Layerable clothing, as it may get cooler the higher you go
  • Quick-dry outdoor specific clothing
  • A fold-up traveler’s poncho or raincoat
  • Small but hearty snacks like protein bars
  • Swimsuits for mountain pools and waterfalls
  • Toilet paper roll – it is au natural in the mountains after all

Getting Your Outdoor Adventure Started

Summer is peak travel time in Pigeon Forge, so it would be wise to start planning and booking your Best Vacations Ever trip. Call 800-656-2780 for more information and to start the customization and booking of your majestic outdoor adventure in Tennessee. You can also learn all about Pigeon Forge with Fast Facts and Must-Do activities pages on the BVE website,, where you can also download fun and educational videos about Best Vacations Ever and it parent provider Preferred Guest Resorts. Calling 800-656-2780and booking now ensures you get the lowest travel rates and helps ensure the lodging selection provided by BVE is available and vacancies are not filled. Remember, summer is a BIG time in Pigeon Forge and vacancies fill much faster so be sure to call 800-656-2780 today!

What are your favorite hiking spots or activities in The Great Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge?


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