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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Gatlinburg for Couples

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One of the biggest reasons couples stay in Gatlinburg is so they can get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The Great Smoky Mountains provide romantic seclusion from any stress and give couples the chance to relax and breath in the mountain air. Here are the top 5 outdoor activities in Gatlinburg for couples:

1. Horseback Rides Through the Mountains

A guided horseback ride through the Smokies is an unforgettable experience that connects you to nature in a unique and fun way! These beautiful horses are trained to take care of you on any terrain and will lead you along on a gentle ride as you take in the views. No experience is needed to enjoy one of these horseback rides so everyone will have fun! Spend a day with your partner horseback riding through the mountains and make memories that will last a lifetime. One place we recommend to go riding with your loved one is the Smoky Mountain Riding Stables!

2. Picnic in the Smokies

Picnic areaAll you need is a basket, your favorite snacks, and a delicious bottle of Smoky Mountain wine and you’re all set for the best picnic you’ve ever had! With so many picnic areas to choose from in the Smokies, you’ll never run out of options. The privacy and beauty of these secluded picnics makes this one of the best outdoor activities in Gatlinburg for couples. Get away for a little bit and enjoy a Smoky Mountain picnic with your loved one!

3. Go for a Bike Ride in Cades Cove

With unbeatable views and a fantastic bike trail, Cades Cove is one of the most romantic places in the Smoky Mountains. If you didn’t bring your own bikes, you can always rent them from the Cades Cove visitors center and enjoy a car-free ride before 10 AM on Saturdays and Wednesdays from May to September. This 11-mile bike loop will help you get your exercise in for the day while also providing some quality time for you and your partner.

4. Go Ziplining

Dueling ZiplineFor the couples looking for a little more adventure, try one of Gatlinburg’s many zipline tours and take in the Smoky Mountains from the trees! Experience the Smokies in one of the most exciting and heart-pounding ways. Soar from huge heights at intense speeds and see who can get to the finish line first! If you and your partner are on the competitive side, you have to visit Anakeesta’s “dueling zipline” where you can race alongside each other! Loser has to buy dinner!

5. Ride the Anakeesta Chondola

A combination of a chairlift and gondola, the Anakeesta Chondola is perfect for you and your sweetheart to take in some incredible views of the Smoky Mountains. Watch as the chondola climbs all the way to the Firefly Village on the top of the mountain and enjoy a romantic, relaxing ride with your partner. Enjoy the quiet serenity and privacy of the ride as you overlook the natural beauty of the landscape.

Where to Stay

mountain view from deck of smoky mountain cabin rentalWhen you stay at one of our one bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg, you’ll have access to amazing views and amenities that you and your partner will both love! Enjoy the hot tub on cool nights or bundle up and watch both of your favorite movies in your home theater! Get cozy next to a wood burning or gas fireplace and enjoy a night in after exploring the Smokies with your love all day! There is nothing better than coming back to a relaxing cabin after a long day outside!

Book one of our one bedroom cabins and have access to all of these exciting outdoor activities in Gatlinburg for you and your sweetheart! We look forward to seeing you!