Ahhh…Spring! There’s nothing like the smell of mountain air and the flowers when winter fades and temperatures begin their upward climb. Gatlinburg is certainly a good place to be when the calendar turns to April, and the throngs of tourists start making their way into town for what will be an eventful spring.
Here are some of the events on tap for April:
Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament- Rocky Top Outfitters is the sponsor for the 18th Annual Tournament, which is being held Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3. This event is open to anyone who wants to participate. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over two miles of streams, with over $10,000 worth of cash and prizes to be won.
Smoky Mountain Wine Fest- This event will be held at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts on April 9th from 1-6. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. It features wineries from all over Tennessee offering 1 oz. samples of their wine along with food samples from the best restaurants in Gatlinburg. For more details visit the Gatlinburg website here.
Mountain Man Memorial March- On April 23 the ninth annual March will be held, and it features a 26.2 mile march through the Great Smoky Mountains. It honors Cadet Frank Walkup, a 2005 UT graduate killed in Iraq. It has quickly become the largest event in the U.S. to celebrate the service and honor of these fallen heroes. More details of this great event can be found here.
Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage- Now in its 66th installment, this event takes place April 19-23. It offers professionally guided programs which explore the region’s rich wildflowers, wildlife, ecology and natural history through walks, motorcades, photographic tours, art classes, and indoor seminars. These are held rain or shine outdoors with indoor events held at various venues in Gatlinburg. You can register for this event at their website.
Earth Week- Gatlinburg has several events set for Earth Week from April 17-24. The Earth Day Festival will be held at Mynatt Park from 3-6 on April 21. It features music, free crafts, activities, and face painting good for the entire family to participate. Don’t forget to buy a specially-made Earth Week T-shirt created by local art students. These proceeds will benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
The Earth Day 5K is set for 10 p.m. on April 22nd. Participants of all ages are welcome to race in this evening affair, but you will want to register early to guarantee your shirt for the event which begins at 8 p.m.
Gatlinburg, as you may have now noticed, has a lot going for itself in the spring. Hopefully the weather cooperates for my end of the month visit, and I hope that you will get the chance to experience the busy month of April; a month where most of the activities are now geared to the outdoor enthusiast. Have fun and I will see you all soon!