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5 Ways to Stay Cool While Camping in the Smokies This Summer

Summer heat in the south is no joke, and the Smokies are filled with activities to help you cool down when the sun comes out to play! From spending time on the river to laying by the pool, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat. Here are 5 ways to stay cool while camping in the Smokies during the summer:

1. Take on a Waterfall Hike

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with beautiful waterfalls along the various hiking trails. During the summer, these trails are popular for hikers and campers who are looking to beat the heat after a hike. One of the most popular waterfalls to visit is Hen Wallow Falls outside Cosby Campground. Not all waterfalls permit swimming but they are still stunning and make for an awesome finale to your hike. Many waterfall trails are easy to moderate in difficulty so every member of the family can enjoy the hike.

2. Face the Rapids While White Water Rafting

A happy group of people white water rafting near Gatlinburg at Smoky Mountain Outdoors.Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience when you book a trip to white water raft in the Smoky Mountains with SMO Rafting. Under the supervision of a trained guide, raft down the Pigeon River with your friends and family and experience the adrenaline rush of class 3 and 4 rapids. No swimming experience is necessary for these rafting trips and there are rafting opportunities for all ages. You’re sure to get soaked on the river, making rafting a great way to cool down while camping in the Smokies during the summer. Rafting is just one of the many things to do in the Smoky Mountains this summer!

3. Fly Fishing for Trout

Strap on your waders and enjoy a guided fly fishing tour in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Fly fishing is fun, exciting, and easy to learn for all ages. Smoky Mountain streams are filled with rainbow, brown, and brook trout just waiting to be caught. Fly fishing is a great way to get outside and spend quality time with your family! No prior fly fishing experience is required, all you need is a fishing license! Relax and cast a line on a hot summer day and listen to the sounds of the Smokies while reeling in beautiful trout.

4. Splash Around in Our Pool

The swimming pool at Pigeon River Campground in the Smoky MountainsTake advantage of the campground’s swimming pool and take a dip on those toasty summer days! Our pool is 4 feet deep, perfect for enjoying a relaxing afternoon after running around the camp. Around the pool, we have provided tables and chairs covered by umbrellas for much needed shade. Lay in one of our lounge chairs and get the perfect summer tan while watching your kids play or listening to your favorite music.

5. Take a Picnic by the Riverbank

Cool your feet off and enjoy a delicious lunch by the river on those hot summer days! There is plenty of river access on our campground where you can throw a blanket down and take in the views before taking a dip in the river. Grab your favorite snack and drink at our general store and get your relaxation on by the water!

Unsure about spending the summer camping? Find out why it’s the perfect time for camping in the Smoky Mountains!

Enjoy all these summer adventures and more when you go camping in the Smokies at our campground! We are conveniently located in the heart of the Smokies, close to all kinds of attractions and activities! Book with us today and start planning your next vacation! We look forward to seeing you!