Located in the Greenbriar section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Little Pigeon River boasts perhaps the most beautiful fishing locale in the Smokies. A medium-large stream, rainbow trout make up the majority of the fish you’ll find here. Easily accessible from Gatlinburg, it’s also a quick and easy escape with plenty of headroom for casting. Although the average fish size is lower here than in other rivers, tributary stream Porters Creek occasionally produces very large rainbows. The best summer fishing is about two to three miles upstream from the park boundary. The Ramsay Cascades trail provides access along two miles of hiking path, as well as stunning views from the waterfalls.