One of the best times to see the spectacular spring colors in the Smokies is around Easter. The National Park and surrounding area sparkles with new life now that the daffodils are blooming and lush green leaves have finally begun to peek through the trees. If you and your family are planning to take advantage of the spring colors and weather during the long Easter break, we have details about the best Smoky Mountain events that everyone in your family can enjoy.
Browse a Crafts Show
The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community will be hosting an Easter Arts and Crafts Show from April 15-April 19. Held at the Gatlinburg convention center, this event will feature handmade finished goods, unique gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces available to browse and purchase. Local artisans and crafters will be on hand to provide demonstrations as well.
Show hours are 10:00am-5:00pm April 16-17, and 10:00am-6:00pm April 18-19.
Take a Wildflower Walk
Now that spring has arrived in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, another event is planned so locals and tourists can enjoy the beauty of the season with guided outdoor walks and educational classroom topics.
The 64th annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage runs the week before Easter, so, if your family is planning to be in the area from April 15-19, this is the perfect opportunity to learn and explore the National Park.
Although most of the 150 programs offered will take place in the park, some educational sessions will be held in the W.L. Mills Conference Center and the Arrowmont School of Arts.
Visit the Easter Bunny
Begin Saturday morning with a delicious catered meal at the Old Mill Restaurant, just a minute’s walk from Cherokee Lodge Condos in Pigeon Forge. The breakfast will include door prizes and games for everyone to enjoy. Families must purchase a ticket to the breakfast. You may reserve a spot by calling 865-429-3463.
After breakfast, families can enjoy an Easter Egg hunt at the Pigeon Forge Community Center, just minutes away from the Old Mill Restaurant. The Egg hunt is free for all children up to 12 years old. Kids can enjoy hunting special eggs in the park, while parents mingle in the shade.
Watch Easter Sunrise
Gatlinburg’s annual Easter Sunrise Service is planned at Ober Gatlinburg for a memorable and breathtaking Easter atop a mountain. In its 17th year, the service will last 30-40 minutes, followed by a breakfast buffet at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant.
Those who wish to attend will be provided free tram rides to the mountaintop beginning at 5:30am Sunday morning, with 15 minute tram intervals until the service begins at 6:30am.
If you’d like to spend a long weekend in the Smokies during Easter weekend, Cherokee Lodge Condos welcomes you to stay at Cherokee Lodge Condos in Pigeon Forge. Within walking distance of Old Mill and Patriot Park, your family won’t even have to get in the car to enjoy many of our Smoky Mountain events during Easter week. Call us today at (877) 918-5900 to find out more information about our luxurious condos and begin planning your own special trip to the mountains.