Visiting East Tennessee in August
There’s a joke about East Tennessee in the summer. We can hit all the seasons in a single week – Still Summer, False Fall, Summer the Sequel, and Hell’s Front Porch – before we enter Actual Fall. But, no matter how you look at it, it will probably be hot! So let’s look at some fun tips and activities that will keep you cool when you visit us in the balmy months of August.
- Stay Near the Water. East Tennessee has an abundance of lakes and rivers, so a great way to beat the summer heat is to get wet! Some great options include whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River, tubing through the natural beauty of Townsend, swimming in Lake Loudon, renting a pontoon boat on Watts Bar Lake, or fishing on Lake Norris. The water activities are nearly limitless, so enjoy a refreshing dip in one of our lakes or rivers.
- Get into the Mountains. The average temperature in East Tennessee in August is about 86°. The average temperature in August atop Mt. LeConte is 67°. That 20-degree difference is significant. Go hiking up Mt. LeConte on one of the six trails that reach the summit.
- Say hello, Dolly! Dollywood that is. Named the #1 Theme Park in the United States by Trip Advisor, Dollywood celebrates music, food, and rides with a backdrop of the Smoky Mountains in its backyard. Dollywood’s water park, Splash Country, is open throughout August, providing ample time to chill out on the water slides.
- Eat your heart out. East Tennessee is experiencing a massive shift in cuisine with many great restaurants opening. One of the great features of many restaurants in the area is the focus on local, in-season ingredients. Look for the freshest ingredients, which include blackberries, tomatoes, grapes, kale, summer squash, strawberries, and watermelon in our neck of the woods.
- Finally, sip on some ‘shine! Stop by for a free tasting, meet our distillers, and pick up some fabulous souvenirs. Our location in Kodak has just about everything you could want, from our tasty moonshines to our Butcher’s Bourbon and more. You can taste our pride in all our products and in the time-honored tradition of making moonshine. We hope you’ll visit us soon.