Gatlinburg Attractions

There is something here for everyone no matter what season of the year. In the hot summer weather rafting the mountain rapids is a popular refreshing activity, and in the fall there is a spectacular view when the trees transform into a delightful symphony of colors. In the winter people love to come by the Smokey Mountains to ski and sled, and in spring the weather the temperature is perfect for hiking!

Gatlinburg, the gateway town to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is just a short drive from Riveredge RV Park. With many attractions offering spectacular views and a plehtora of specialty shops, the only problem you will have while visiting Gatlinburg is trying to figure out where all of your time has gone.

Because it’s nestled just outside the national park, the Great Smoky Mountains give Gatlinburg a unique, alpine feel – all with a unique Tennessee twist.

Things To Do In Gatlinburg

From downhill skiing to world-class attractions, you’ll stay busy in Gatlinburg during all four seasons: Winter turns the area into a veritable wonderland with Smoky Mountain skiing and sledding; spring’s mild temperatures make hiking the area’s 600+ miles of trails pleasant; summer’s sunny skies are perfect companions for rafting the mountain rapids; and fall brings a symphony of colors to behold and the mountains changes hues. There are always things to do in Gatlinburg!

Gatlinburg Skylift Park

The SkyLift itself is a landmark in Gatlinburg, sweeping guests right off the Parkway from the heart of town up five hundred vertical feet to the top of Crockett Mountain the most spectacular views you’ll find anywhere. Originally opened in 1954, today’s SkyLift is a smooth, comfortable ride on a three-seat chairlift carrying guests of all ages up and down the mountain.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

At Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, explore a coral reef, tropical rainforest and other exciting destinations without leaving the mountains! This world-class attraction was recently voted America’s #1 Aquarium by TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why: This expansive under-water attraction is home to hundreds of interactive and innovative exhibits for folks of all ages to enjoy!


Grab your friends and family for the amazing opportunity to race side by side over 3,500′ of ziplines soaring 125′ above the ground! One of Gatlinburg’s most memorable and all-encompassing attractions, Anakeesta is known for its award-winning duel zipline. Also take a walk along the Treetop Skywalk 40’-60’ feet above the forest floor and then relax & grab a bite to eat in the Magical Firefly Village.

Sugarlands Visitor Center

Nestled just inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Sugarlands Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your mountain adventure. Learn about park activities, get up close and personal with the local flora and fauna, and even talk with a ranger at this NPS-operated center.