5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Smoky Mountain Camping Trip

Camping is a fun summer ritual for a great many American families, and you couldn’t find a better spot for your camping adventure than Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. The fresh mountain air, pristine natural beauty, and numerous family-friendly activities, attractions, and events promise the best vacation ever. Pigeon River Campground has put together five tips for making the most of your Smoky Mountain camping getaway with us:

1. Indulge Your Hiking Dreams

With over 800 miles of hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains you can take a family walk on simple, easy-to-navigate paths that provide enjoyment for even the smallest children. You will also find trails that feature deep inclines and difficult climbs. These are designed to challenge the most accomplished hikers. Whatever trail you choose, you will have the chance to see herds of deer, wild turkeys, other wildlife, gorgeous wildflowers, and nature at its finest.

2. Visit Pisgah National ForestSister and brother going fishing on their Smoky Mountain camping trip.

Just a short distance from your campsite, you will find this beautiful 500-acre forest in the southern Appalachian mountains. Made up mostly of hardwood forest, you will find several well-marked trails that will take you deep into the forest to large rivers and gorgeous waterfalls. Some of the best trails include Mouse Creek Falls and the Appalachian Trail.

3. Camp Your Way

Those who want to experience Smoky Mountain camping in the traditional sense may pitch their own tent or just grab a sleeping bag for a night spent directly under the stars at any of our 20 campsites. If you want to sleep in a real bed, then you may want to consider one of our six cabins that are located right next to the river. However you choose to camp, you will enjoy amenities that include a general store, a swimming pool, boat access to the river, grills, fire pits, internet access, and a laundry room. Campground activities include volleyball, horseshoes, and cornhole.

4. Nature-Based Thrills

If you want to experience some safe thrills out in the sunshine, then you may enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure on the Little Pigeon River with Smoky Mountain Outdoors. Guests can choose a wild ride on the rapids on the upper Pigeon River or a much more relaxing trip on the lower Pigeon River. The ultimate ziplining experience is also available near the campground through Climbworks. For more than two hours, you can expect to fly across the top of the mountains by way of nine excellent ziplines and some lovely sky bridges.

Family pitching a tent on their Smoky Mountain camping trip.5. Relax and Enjoy Family Time

Camping offers a unique opportunity for families to come together and just enjoy one another. This is a wonderful spot to teach your children to fish. Even if you don’t have a boat, fishing is encouraged along the banks where some excellent bass may be hooked. Get a roaring fire going at your fire pit in the evenings, and you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows while everyone in the family takes a turn telling a story. Even the simple act of watching the sun rise or set over the mountains can be a wonderful family experience.

Contact us here at Pigeon River Campground when you are ready to enjoy the perfect camping experience. Just give us a call to lock in your reservation, and you and your family will soon be enjoying the greatest camping vacation ever. Before you book your stay, be sure to check out our Smoky Mountain camping specials and packages to see how you can save money on your trip!