5 Can’t-Miss Attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for Young Athletes

A steam engine at Dollywood.

Rocky Top Sports World boasts one of the very best locations in the Southeast! Our sports campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN, and just minutes away from the nearby city of Pigeon Forge.

When you visit Rocky Top Sports World for a tournament or camp, you can take advantage of all the wonderful things to do in the area. To help you make the most of your trip, we have put together a guide to five of the best attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge for young athletes.

1. Dollywood

Owned and envisioned by Smoky Mountain native Dolly Parton, the Dollywood theme park is a quintessential part of any visit to Pigeon Forge. This amazing park features a wonderful collection of thrilling rides, fantastic shows, and mouthwatering food. Dollywood also hosts a number of seasonal festivals throughout the year that bring entertainers and artists from all over the world to the park. Of course, fans of Ms. Parton will love visiting Dollywood’s Chasing Rainbows Museum, which is dedicated to all things Dolly!

2. Ripley’s Aquarium of the SmokiesRipley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted the best aquarium in the United States by the readers of USA Today! The aquarium has built a loyal following for its unique hands-on exhibits. Visitors to Ripley’s will have the chance to take a glass bottom boat tour of Shark Lagoon, crawl through the Penguin Playhouse, and touch a real live stingray. With over 10,000 sea creatures onsite, it’s easy to see why Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions in Gatlinburg.

3. TopJump Trampoline Park

A visit to TopJump is perfect for a rainy day! This indoor trampoline park is full of awesome activities that young athletes are sure to love. Highlights of the park include a ninja course, gladiator pit, foam pit, ball pit, dodgeball, and basketball. In addition to all of the trampoline fun, guests at TopJump can also enjoy a Clip ‘n Climb adventure and a great arcade.

4. CLIMB Works

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush during your visit to Gatlinburg, you can’t beat CLIMB Works! This one-of-a-kind attraction features the area’s best zip line tours and mountain bike trails. When you take a canopy tour with CLIMB Works, you will soar through the Smokies for 2 ½ hours. For a different type of thrill, you can race through the forest on your own mountain bike or a rented bike from CLIMB Works.

A group of people whitewater rafting with Smoky Mountain Outdoors.5. Smoky Mountain Outdoors

Gatlinburg is just a 40-minute drive from the Pigeon River, the third most rafted river in the nation! When you take a whitewater rafting trip with Smoky Mountain Outdoors, you will have a blast riding the rapids on the Pigeon River. Offering exciting adventures on the upper section of the river and mild rides on the lower section of the river, Smoky Mountain Outdoors is sure to have a trip that is perfect for your group.

You will definitely want to visit one (or all) of these wonderful attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge when you’re in town for an event at Rocky Top Sports World! Located just a short drive from downtown Gatlinburg, our 80-acre athletic campus is the ultimate tournament destination. With seven fields, six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, team rooms, and an onsite grill, our complex has everything you need for a spectacular sports event. To see a schedule of our upcoming tournaments and camps, check out the Rocky Top Sports World Events Calendar!