Awesome Things to Do in the Smokies

Jan 01, 2015

Things to do in the Smoky Mountains

Getting ready to head to the Smoky Mountains? Our staff at Heartland Rentals wants to make sure your next Gatlinburg Cabin Rental is an Awesome Experience.  Many of our guests are repeat visitors and are always looking for new things to do in the Smokies.

Yes, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have many obvious activities to do in January, February & March; all of which can easily be found by typing in "Things To Do" in your search engine.  What YOU are looking for is the unusual, the non-exploited, the AWESOME things to do to enhance your vacation experience!  Again, that's why you read our blogs - We do the work for you.   

Taking Better Photos in the Smokies.jpgFirst Awesome Idea:  A Photography Tour and Class.  When you come to the Great Smoky Mountains, why not take the great experience home with you?  That is the aim of several local photography companies. One company, Taking Better Pictures Tours, squires you around to locations that offer spectacular opportunities for great shots, while dispensing useful knowledge and tricks about your camera, including settings and composition.  They also offer classes separate or in conjunction with the tours on how to improve your skills, on macro photography, night shots, and many other subjects.  They have tours for groups and also offer guided audio cd's if you wish to go at your own pace!  Taking Better Photos

A Walk in the Woods.jpgSecond Awesome Idea:  A Walk in the Woods.  Sure anyone can take a hike on a trail used by thousands; but not many know you can get A Walk in the Woods by trained experts with years of hiking and trail experience; ensuring that you enjoy an enriching and safe journey whether you are seeking a unique adventure, wanting to expand your knowledge and skills, or simply have a peaceful encounter with nature at its finest.  Your experience may include incredible vistas, gentle cascades, waterfalls, majestic ancient forests, crystal clear mountain streams, old home sites, graveyards or hidden trails. 

Depositphotos_60180173_xs.jpgThird Awesome Idea: Winter Fly Fishing - yep, fancy way of saying trout fishing!  Why would ANYONE want to do this in January, February & March?  Because the maddening crowds of people roaming trails and streams are gone, as is the scorching heat of a typical summer day!  Daytime temps actually range from mid 50's-60's in January.  Again, "WHY in January?", you ask.  Because that is also when Gatlinburg has its special Delayed Harvest Regulations until March 31.  In English that means:  the water is loaded with wild Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout, most averaging 20 inches in length. But before you take your fishing line to the water, don't forget to pick up a fishing license at Gatlinburg City Hall, the Welcome Center, or other local outlets.  P.S.  It is Catch and Release ONLY rules in January, but you still get bragging rights! For all the current Rules and Regulations on Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we recommend reviewing fishing rules in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn More

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Category: Things to do

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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