Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge Returns With More Free Hikes and Workshops

13 Jan

Black bear in the Great Smoky MountainsThousands of nature enthusiasts from all across the country are expected to flock to Tennessee for the upcoming 25th annual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge. A huge selection of free activities are open to the public, including workshops, walks, hikes, classes, exhibits, programs, and musical performances. Read on for everything you need to know about this hugely popular Smoky Mountain event.

When and Where

Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled to run Jan. 24-31 at the LeConte Center, which is located at 2986 Teaster Lane in Pigeon Forge. This is also the location where those interested may sign up for the walks, hikes, field trips and other nature events to be held in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There is no admission charge. All of the activities start at 8 a.m. each day and end around 7:30 p.m., when the nightly keynote program begins.

Hiking Adventures

Each guided hike offered as part of Wilderness Wildlife Week will be rated as easy, moderate, or strenuous, so that you will be able to pick the ones that will fit your family best. Even small children can enjoy the easy hikes, and you can expect to see birds, other wildlife, and some truly beautiful scenery. Some of the hikes will take place at Laurel Falls, Chimney Tops and Little River.

(See Related: 6 Essential Tips for Taking a Winter Hike in the Smoky Mountains)

Bus ToursGreat Smoky Mountains National Park

Those who aren’t up for a hike will still have the opportunity to explore the Smoky Mountain area with one of the Wilderness Wildlife Week bus tours. Field trips will take participants to Cades Cove, the Bush Beans Visitors Center, and many other interesting spots. Follow the link for a complete list of hikes and bus trips: http://www.mypigeonforge.com/pdf/wilderness-wildlife-week-hikes-and-filed-trips.pdf

Interactive Workshops

Well over 50 workshops are scheduled for each day of this event. Guests can choose from classes on whittling, Cherokee history, jewelry making, fly fishing, bird watching, Appalachian clogging, banjo playing, the Civil War, and so much more.

Just for Kids

Many of the programs and activities available at this event are suitable for children as well as adults, but there are a few that are designed just for kids. Look for the workshops labeled “Kids’ Track” on the official schedule for Wilderness Wildlife Week: http://www.mypigeonforge.com/pdf/wilderness-wildlife-week-classes-and-seminars.pdf

Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National ParkWhere to Stay

You will find a wonderful selection of vacation rentals to fit your needs while you enjoy Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge and all of the great activities and events in the area. Check out our Smoky Mountain Cabin Rentals page to start planning your getaway in East Tennessee!