6 Ways to Cool Off in the Water in the Smoky Mountains this Summer

Sultry weather and cool water naturally go together during the summertime.  If you’ve come to the Smoky Mountains for a quick romantic getaway, then you’re in the right place for both.  You certainly won’t have a shortage of activities to do, but finding the right ones takes a little thought and planning, especially if you want to enjoy some quality romantic time with your beloved.

We have six activities where the two of you can cool down when the summer heat starts to overwhelm.  Choose a few, and you might just find your own favorites here too:


1.)  Take a dip in an old fashioned swimming hole
Nothing says summer fun more than a swim in a lake, deep pond or creek.  Midnight Hole at the base of Mouse Creek Falls is undoubtedly one of the most popular in the Smokies, but that’s probably because it’s accessible nearly year round.  Closer to Christopher Place are Little River, also known as the Townsend Y, and the locals’ favorite Green Brier in Gatlinburg, on route 231 along the Little Pigeon River.

2.) Shoot the whitewater rapids
If careening down a Class III or IV doesn’t make you feel cooler, not much else will.  The Pigeon River is often described as the Big Pigeon by rafters and kayakers, and you’ll definitely see why if you go on one of these thrilling whitewater excursions.  It’s also one of the top spots in the country for this kind of activity, with crazy-sounding rapids that aren’t as bad as they sound.  Check out some of our favorite outfitters in this post.

3.) Cruise along Douglas Lake
Do you like zipping along the water at top speeds, or do you prefer taking a leisurely pace and sail along?  You can have it either way when you rent a watercraft of your preference at Smoky Mountain H2O Sports, which is on a peninsula right in the middle of the lake.  Rent a pontoon for the day and spend time with a group of friends, or get your adrenaline pumping with a speedboat or jet ski.  Kayaks, tubes and paddleboats are also available for rent.

4.) Go fish (and angle)
Fishing just seems to be better when the weather is warmer.  In the Smokies, you’ll find more than enough places to cast a line and catch a few trout or smallmouth bass.  Just remember to get your valid license in either Tennessee or North Carolina before you head out to the streams and creeks.  Go to this post for more information.

5.) Learn to paddleboard
This low-key cousin of surfing has gained in popularity over the past few years, probably because it’s relaxing and feels like being the tropics.  Why not give it a try during your stay here?  The best place to become acquainted with stand-up paddle boarding is Douglas Lake. Check out Smoky SUP to get a your rental.

6.) Relax in our pool
Of course, you can simply stick around our property and head to the swimming pool, or return to it after a long day of exploring the Smokies area.  We’ll have a tall cool drink waiting for you to cool you down even more.


Let us know when you would like to come out to eastern Tennessee and come to Christopher Place, your Smoky Mountains retreat, and we’ll let you in on more ways that you can stay cool all summer long.