Gatlinburg Presents Earth Week in the Smokies

Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg celebrates environmental sustainability and community with unique Earth Day-inspired events held on Tuesday, April 23 and Friday, April 26.

 Join us in rolling up our sleeves to beautify Gatlinburg during the Spur Clean Up Presented by Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg will partner with Keep Sevier Beautiful and National Park Service to pick up trash along the Spur, a stretch of Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. To participate, bring a pair of gloves and meet at Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center on Tuesday, April 23 at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to assemble teams in a competition for who can collect the most litter!  The winner will receive a company pizza party, courtesy of Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be on site with free ice cream for all participants.

Later in the week, runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week with the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg.  The night race is scheduled for Friday, April 26 at 10 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event. Racers are encouraged to register early in order to be eligible for the chance to win digital door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non-profit organization providing local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and educational events for the community.

For more information about Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Spring events, visit or call (800) 588-1817.

Source: City of Gatlinburg