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Planning a visit during the heat of summer? Here are some great ways to stay cool in the Smoky Mountains.

4) Cool off while rafting the Pigeon River! Brave class III and IV rapids, or choose a more scenic float trip from several area outfitters. Get the full list here visitsevierville.com/OutdoorProfessionals.aspx

3) Forbidden Caverns – It’s always 58 degrees in this cavern, which is also home to the largest known wall of rare cave onyx in the United States. Enjoy the hour-long walking tour of this spectacular cavern which has been a hideout for Native Americans and Moonshiners.

2) Hit the trail! Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an ecological wonderland and one of only a few national parks that is free to enter and enjoy. It’s also cooler in the park’s higher elevations. Add in more than 2,900 miles of chilly streams and it’s a great place to beat the heat. Hike on your own, or book a hike with a guide, like www.hikethesmokys.com.

1) Hang ten. Wilderness at the Smokies offers an indoor and two outdoor water parks for its guests and offers exciting slides (like the Wild Vortex) and indoor surfing.