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Vanessa’s guidebook

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Vanessa’s guidebook

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Trolley Pick up at Old Mountain Market at Bear Cove Falls neighborhood entrance. Red Line to Dollywood. If you’re gearing up for your first visit to Dollywood, you already know to get ready for one of the best days ever. But how can you be sure that you won’t miss any of the best attractions, activities, or events? Follow this guide to plan your first trip to Dollywood, and make sure you don’t miss a thing at this family-friendly amusement park. 1. Pick Up a TimeSaver Pass 2. Take the Trolley 3. Early Saturday Arrival 4. Learn the Lay of the Land 5. Get the App 6. Check the Show Schedule 7. Plan Your Trip Around an Event
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Dollywood Parks Boulevard
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Trolley Pick up at Old Mountain Market at Bear Cove Falls neighborhood entrance. Red Line to Dollywood. If you’re gearing up for your first visit to Dollywood, you already know to get ready for one of the best days ever. But how can you be sure that you won’t miss any of the best attractions, activities, or events? Follow this guide to plan your first trip to Dollywood, and make sure you don’t miss a thing at this family-friendly amusement park. 1. Pick Up a TimeSaver Pass 2. Take the Trolley 3. Early Saturday Arrival 4. Learn the Lay of the Land 5. Get the App 6. Check the Show Schedule 7. Plan Your Trip Around an Event
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in East Tennessee! Join us for over nine minutes of twists, turns, tunnels, and even some unexpected surprises along the way. Whether you have a need for speed, or prefer a more relaxing coaster experience, RTMC has something for everyone. Bring your entire family for an unforgettable experience.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
2940 Veterans Boulevard
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, the longest coaster in East Tennessee! Join us for over nine minutes of twists, turns, tunnels, and even some unexpected surprises along the way. Whether you have a need for speed, or prefer a more relaxing coaster experience, RTMC has something for everyone. Bring your entire family for an unforgettable experience.
The first thing you’ll see at Parrot Mountain is a large, 200 foot, stacked stone fence. As you make your way down the path, you’ll find parrot cottages and tropical birds. Once you enter the Secret Garden, you’ll see toucans, hornbills and more flying freely. The Bird Garden is your next stop. You’ll see over 50 birds to feed and have pictures made with. Of course, you can just walk around and look at all of the birds, but this is the spot where you can get up close to any of the birds! There is also a baby bird nursery to visit where you can pet the babies and watch them be hand-fed. If you’re interested in purchasing a bird to take home, you can choose one from the nursery. Parrot Mountain and Gardens also has beautiful landscaping, including a waterfall, beautiful flowers and plants and benches for relaxing.
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Parrot Mountain and Gardens
1471 McCarter Hollow Road
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The first thing you’ll see at Parrot Mountain is a large, 200 foot, stacked stone fence. As you make your way down the path, you’ll find parrot cottages and tropical birds. Once you enter the Secret Garden, you’ll see toucans, hornbills and more flying freely. The Bird Garden is your next stop. You’ll see over 50 birds to feed and have pictures made with. Of course, you can just walk around and look at all of the birds, but this is the spot where you can get up close to any of the birds! There is also a baby bird nursery to visit where you can pet the babies and watch them be hand-fed. If you’re interested in purchasing a bird to take home, you can choose one from the nursery. Parrot Mountain and Gardens also has beautiful landscaping, including a waterfall, beautiful flowers and plants and benches for relaxing.
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is Pigeon’s Forge’s newest attraction and offers a one-of-kind experience for the whole family. Enjoy a 1.5-hour authentic Lumberjack Feud Show where real, professional athletes (the same ones you see on ESPN) compete in spring board chop, speed climb, log rolling, axe throwing and mix it all together for a family fun event. The outdoor venue features a climate-controlled grandstand for our guest’s comfort. Join the fun, rain or shine! Our Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park features harnessed-in log rolls, boom runs, and speed climbs, a lumberjack-themed multi-level ropes course, 80 ft jump tower, and the brand-new, world’s first zipline rollercoaster, The Flying Ox.
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Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park
2530 Parkway
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Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park is Pigeon’s Forge’s newest attraction and offers a one-of-kind experience for the whole family. Enjoy a 1.5-hour authentic Lumberjack Feud Show where real, professional athletes (the same ones you see on ESPN) compete in spring board chop, speed climb, log rolling, axe throwing and mix it all together for a family fun event. The outdoor venue features a climate-controlled grandstand for our guest’s comfort. Join the fun, rain or shine! Our Lumberjack Feud Adventure Park features harnessed-in log rolls, boom runs, and speed climbs, a lumberjack-themed multi-level ropes course, 80 ft jump tower, and the brand-new, world’s first zipline rollercoaster, The Flying Ox.
Everyone knows the name Titanic! Everyone knows Titanic struck and iceberg! And everyone knows Titanic was lost! She sat at the bottom of the ocean for 75 years before they found her in 1985. A second expedition to the wreck site went out in 1986 and that expedition was co-led by the owner of this museum. The artifacts you see throughout the ship are REAL and valued at over $4 million dollars. You'll be able to touch a growing iceberg, experience the 28 degree water, try and steer the ship and pay tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew that were on the Titanic. You will enter as a guest and leave as a Titanic Passenger!
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TITANIC Museum Attraction
2134 Parkway
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Everyone knows the name Titanic! Everyone knows Titanic struck and iceberg! And everyone knows Titanic was lost! She sat at the bottom of the ocean for 75 years before they found her in 1985. A second expedition to the wreck site went out in 1986 and that expedition was co-led by the owner of this museum. The artifacts you see throughout the ship are REAL and valued at over $4 million dollars. You'll be able to touch a growing iceberg, experience the 28 degree water, try and steer the ship and pay tribute to the 2,208 passengers and crew that were on the Titanic. You will enter as a guest and leave as a Titanic Passenger!
The Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, which initially opened in 1988, is the first of three locations currently featuring Dolly Parton’s famous show. The dinner attraction features 32 highly trained horses, dozens of cast members, pyrotechnics, special effects, brief lumberjack competition, pig races, ostrich races, and much more! Since the entire show is centered around a friendly competition between the North and the South, you will be competing with your friends on the other side of the arena. The show is very entertaining and some of the spectacular horse stunts seemed like a combination of a rodeo and Blue Angles airshow presentation. In addition to the main show, Dixie Stampede has a pre-show that starts approximately 50 minutes prior to the ticketed showtime. The pre-show entertainment, which is in the Dixie Belle Saloon, features a talented Bluegrass and Country band, Mountain Ruckus. During the pre-show, guests can purchase souvenir boot cups (filled with soda) and various snacks. Trust me on this — don’t purchase the overpriced popcorn or peanuts. Once you see the huge portions they feed you during the show, you will thank me. After watching the servers juggle trays of hot soup and pitchers of drinks, I would not be surprised to see Dixie Stampede table serving become an Olympic sport. It was quite impressive to watch the servers feed the masses assembly-line style and keep hundreds of mason jars filled. The servers use a system to make sure the glasses are always filled with the appropriate beverage – after the initial drink order, the server did not have to ask anyone on our entire row what they were drinking. The servers work for tips and the Dixie Stampede announcer suggests visitors tip 15% of the total ticket price (bring cash). The quality of the food was surprisingly good and vegetarian meals are available upon request. Due to the number of people being served, I was expecting the food to be low-quality, but it far exceeded my expectations. The meal, which is served without utensils, includes creamy vegetable soup, an entire rotisserie chicken, smoked pork loin, homemade biscuits, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, and fried apple turnover. The four-course meal included and more calories than any human should consume in one sitting and is one of the best dinner show meals in the area. Although Dolly Parton does not normally make an appearance, a music video of her singing Color Me America along and the cast performing is the grand finale.
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Dolly Parton's Stampede
3849 Parkway
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The Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, which initially opened in 1988, is the first of three locations currently featuring Dolly Parton’s famous show. The dinner attraction features 32 highly trained horses, dozens of cast members, pyrotechnics, special effects, brief lumberjack competition, pig races, ostrich races, and much more! Since the entire show is centered around a friendly competition between the North and the South, you will be competing with your friends on the other side of the arena. The show is very entertaining and some of the spectacular horse stunts seemed like a combination of a rodeo and Blue Angles airshow presentation. In addition to the main show, Dixie Stampede has a pre-show that starts approximately 50 minutes prior to the ticketed showtime. The pre-show entertainment, which is in the Dixie Belle Saloon, features a talented Bluegrass and Country band, Mountain Ruckus. During the pre-show, guests can purchase souvenir boot cups (filled with soda) and various snacks. Trust me on this — don’t purchase the overpriced popcorn or peanuts. Once you see the huge portions they feed you during the show, you will thank me. After watching the servers juggle trays of hot soup and pitchers of drinks, I would not be surprised to see Dixie Stampede table serving become an Olympic sport. It was quite impressive to watch the servers feed the masses assembly-line style and keep hundreds of mason jars filled. The servers use a system to make sure the glasses are always filled with the appropriate beverage – after the initial drink order, the server did not have to ask anyone on our entire row what they were drinking. The servers work for tips and the Dixie Stampede announcer suggests visitors tip 15% of the total ticket price (bring cash). The quality of the food was surprisingly good and vegetarian meals are available upon request. Due to the number of people being served, I was expecting the food to be low-quality, but it far exceeded my expectations. The meal, which is served without utensils, includes creamy vegetable soup, an entire rotisserie chicken, smoked pork loin, homemade biscuits, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes, and fried apple turnover. The four-course meal included and more calories than any human should consume in one sitting and is one of the best dinner show meals in the area. Although Dolly Parton does not normally make an appearance, a music video of her singing Color Me America along and the cast performing is the grand finale.
Each ride, which lasts eight to ten minutes, is made up of four complete revolutions of the wheel. During the ride visitors have aerial views of the surrounding mountains and the most visited National Park in the country. Each Gondola has eight seats, but the maximum weight limit of 1,320 pounds allows for approximately six adults. Since the gondola walls are made up of glass, the views are excellent from every seat. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel has a total of 42 climate-controlled gondolas and operates continuously between 10 AM and 12 AM each day. Insider Tips: For $3 extra you can upgrade your single-use ticket to include one daytime ride (before 5 PM) and one night ride (after 5 PM). The nighttime experience provides unmatched views of Pigeon Forge and the light show brilliantly illuminates the wheel!
The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
131 The Island Dr
Each ride, which lasts eight to ten minutes, is made up of four complete revolutions of the wheel. During the ride visitors have aerial views of the surrounding mountains and the most visited National Park in the country. Each Gondola has eight seats, but the maximum weight limit of 1,320 pounds allows for approximately six adults. Since the gondola walls are made up of glass, the views are excellent from every seat. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel has a total of 42 climate-controlled gondolas and operates continuously between 10 AM and 12 AM each day. Insider Tips: For $3 extra you can upgrade your single-use ticket to include one daytime ride (before 5 PM) and one night ride (after 5 PM). The nighttime experience provides unmatched views of Pigeon Forge and the light show brilliantly illuminates the wheel!
The Island in Pigeon Forge is a piece of the beach nestled right in the mountains. You’ll forget that the ocean isn’t a short walk away when you’re walking around looking at the multitude of shops and eateries that all look like they belong on the coast. The Island offers restaurants, shops, an arcade, rides, attractions, a fountain show, and even a hotel themed accordingly in case you don’t want to leave! The Island is home to over thirty-five shops all featuring something unique. You’ve got shops for clothes, hats, jewelry, sunglasses, trinkets, toys, puzzles, magic tricks, movie memorabilia, and much, much more. Everyone in the entire family should be able to find a shop that matches their taste considering about every kind of shop you can think of is at The Island. As far as stores go, here are some of our personal favorites: Puzzled: Puzzled is one of the coolest stores. You can get any kind of puzzle you can think of here, and it goes beyond putting pieces together on a table. You can get 3D puzzles that you hold in your hand to try and figure out, as well as mind boggling tricks that take you days to master. Puzzled has all of your puzzle needs and accessories. Kryptonite Character Store: You can let out your inner super-fan here with all of the merchandise based off of famous comic-book, TV, and movie characters. You’ll be wearing your favorite character’s face on your shirt after you leave this store. Emery’s 5 & 10: It’s really hard to say what exactly this store sells because they sell a little bit of everything. From kitchen to yard this store has it all. You can even get squirrel and eagle masks to really freak your neighbors out. We love this store for its diversity and surprises. The Island is the place to go if you’re hungry! With a few big restaurants and multiple small snackeries, there is no reason to leave even a little hungry. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a popular place to dine, and you’ll leave filled with enough food to last you a day or two. Jimmy Buffet’s iconic Margaritaville is an an option, and if The Island itself doesn’t give you the beach vibe, Margaritaville sure will! Other options including The Timberwood Grill, Dick’s Last Resort, and Mellow Mushroom, to name a few, are all just a short walk away from each other.
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The Island Drive
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The Island in Pigeon Forge is a piece of the beach nestled right in the mountains. You’ll forget that the ocean isn’t a short walk away when you’re walking around looking at the multitude of shops and eateries that all look like they belong on the coast. The Island offers restaurants, shops, an arcade, rides, attractions, a fountain show, and even a hotel themed accordingly in case you don’t want to leave! The Island is home to over thirty-five shops all featuring something unique. You’ve got shops for clothes, hats, jewelry, sunglasses, trinkets, toys, puzzles, magic tricks, movie memorabilia, and much, much more. Everyone in the entire family should be able to find a shop that matches their taste considering about every kind of shop you can think of is at The Island. As far as stores go, here are some of our personal favorites: Puzzled: Puzzled is one of the coolest stores. You can get any kind of puzzle you can think of here, and it goes beyond putting pieces together on a table. You can get 3D puzzles that you hold in your hand to try and figure out, as well as mind boggling tricks that take you days to master. Puzzled has all of your puzzle needs and accessories. Kryptonite Character Store: You can let out your inner super-fan here with all of the merchandise based off of famous comic-book, TV, and movie characters. You’ll be wearing your favorite character’s face on your shirt after you leave this store. Emery’s 5 & 10: It’s really hard to say what exactly this store sells because they sell a little bit of everything. From kitchen to yard this store has it all. You can even get squirrel and eagle masks to really freak your neighbors out. We love this store for its diversity and surprises. The Island is the place to go if you’re hungry! With a few big restaurants and multiple small snackeries, there is no reason to leave even a little hungry. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a popular place to dine, and you’ll leave filled with enough food to last you a day or two. Jimmy Buffet’s iconic Margaritaville is an an option, and if The Island itself doesn’t give you the beach vibe, Margaritaville sure will! Other options including The Timberwood Grill, Dick’s Last Resort, and Mellow Mushroom, to name a few, are all just a short walk away from each other.
A swashbuckling good time awaits at Pirates Voyage. This unforgettable attraction brings the excitement of the sea to the heart of the Smoky Mountains. One of many local dinner theaters owned by Dolly Parton, this piratey show captures the whimsy of Dollywood’s best spectacles while also adding new elements of excitement. As a dinner show, it provides a feast for all of the senses. You’ll enjoy the acrobatics, the intricate set, and the music, of course, but also a four-course feast including several of your favorite dishes. Insider Tips: -While the show is definitely designed to keep kids entertained, it could prove problematic for young children who are easily frightened. In particular, they may be startled by occasional loud explosions. -You’ll receive plenty of food throughout the show, but beware: it won’t all arrive at once. Rather, the show takes an incremental approach, with one item served at a time. This isn’t a problem for most viewers, however, and may actually encourage you to pace yourself and truly enjoy each aspect of the meal.
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Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
2713 Parkway
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A swashbuckling good time awaits at Pirates Voyage. This unforgettable attraction brings the excitement of the sea to the heart of the Smoky Mountains. One of many local dinner theaters owned by Dolly Parton, this piratey show captures the whimsy of Dollywood’s best spectacles while also adding new elements of excitement. As a dinner show, it provides a feast for all of the senses. You’ll enjoy the acrobatics, the intricate set, and the music, of course, but also a four-course feast including several of your favorite dishes. Insider Tips: -While the show is definitely designed to keep kids entertained, it could prove problematic for young children who are easily frightened. In particular, they may be startled by occasional loud explosions. -You’ll receive plenty of food throughout the show, but beware: it won’t all arrive at once. Rather, the show takes an incremental approach, with one item served at a time. This isn’t a problem for most viewers, however, and may actually encourage you to pace yourself and truly enjoy each aspect of the meal.
If you like your comedy served up in a barn, love the American flag, appreciate a nice pair of overalls, and have a hankering to see country folk smacking each other upside the head with fake corn on the cob, then you won’t want to miss The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge. This comedy show has been crackin’ jokes and showing off their barnyard animals for more than a decade, so they must be doing something right! Insider Tips: If you are part of a large group, make sure to tell The Comedy Barn staff who the group leader is. This will increase the chance of your group’s leader being brought up on stage!
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The Comedy Barn Theater
2775 Parkway
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If you like your comedy served up in a barn, love the American flag, appreciate a nice pair of overalls, and have a hankering to see country folk smacking each other upside the head with fake corn on the cob, then you won’t want to miss The Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge. This comedy show has been crackin’ jokes and showing off their barnyard animals for more than a decade, so they must be doing something right! Insider Tips: If you are part of a large group, make sure to tell The Comedy Barn staff who the group leader is. This will increase the chance of your group’s leader being brought up on stage!
WonderWorks, which is located inside a humongous upside-down building, is one of the most popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. The WonderWorks attraction is a combination of a science fair, amusement park, and children’s museum all rolled up into one huge experience. The admission price includes access to over 150 activities ranging from roller coaster simulators to black light ropes courses. In my opinion, the wide appeal of the WonderWorks exhibits is the strongest reason to visit. WonderWorks simultaneously entertains young children, teenagers, and adults – the plentiful attractions are truly fun for people of all ages! Depending on the crowds and how many exhibits your party decides to interact with, the experience should take between two and four hours. Some of the attractions and exhibits include: Inversion Tunnel – As you enter the WonderWorks experience, you will pass through an inversion tunnel. Hang on to the rails – the combination of the colors, patterns, and circular motion will make you feel like you are upside down. Xtreme 360 – Imagine a pedal-powered, upside-down carnival ride. The speed at which you pedal determines the rate of your upside-down revolutions. Hurricane Simulator – Step into this small room to see what a 65 mile per hour wind feels like. Don’t worry you don’t get wet. The word hurricane is a little misleading – this is nothing more than a low-speed wind tunnel. Bed of Nails – See what it feels like to lay down on a bed made out of 3,497 nails! Don’t worry it won’t hurt a bit. Climbing Wall – The rock climbing wall, which is a beginner level, is a fun physical challenge for everyone. Race a friend or family member to the top and earn bragging rights. Wonder Coaster – This multiple-axis virtual roller coaster will take you through seemingly endless loops and rolls. The coaster has a full 360 degrees of pitch and roll that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! Ropes Course – The indoor ropes course, which is the largest in the world, is over 50 feet tall! The course is sure to please adrenaline junkies and families alike. As you climb 4 stories of rope, you will cross tremor bridges, swinging beams, and experience over 50 obstacles. Due to the black lights, the entire course has a psychedelic atmosphere. In my opinion, the ropes course is the best attraction at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. The above list is just a small sampling of the 150+ exhibits and attractions at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge.
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WonderWorks Pigeon Forge
100 Music Road
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WonderWorks, which is located inside a humongous upside-down building, is one of the most popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. The WonderWorks attraction is a combination of a science fair, amusement park, and children’s museum all rolled up into one huge experience. The admission price includes access to over 150 activities ranging from roller coaster simulators to black light ropes courses. In my opinion, the wide appeal of the WonderWorks exhibits is the strongest reason to visit. WonderWorks simultaneously entertains young children, teenagers, and adults – the plentiful attractions are truly fun for people of all ages! Depending on the crowds and how many exhibits your party decides to interact with, the experience should take between two and four hours. Some of the attractions and exhibits include: Inversion Tunnel – As you enter the WonderWorks experience, you will pass through an inversion tunnel. Hang on to the rails – the combination of the colors, patterns, and circular motion will make you feel like you are upside down. Xtreme 360 – Imagine a pedal-powered, upside-down carnival ride. The speed at which you pedal determines the rate of your upside-down revolutions. Hurricane Simulator – Step into this small room to see what a 65 mile per hour wind feels like. Don’t worry you don’t get wet. The word hurricane is a little misleading – this is nothing more than a low-speed wind tunnel. Bed of Nails – See what it feels like to lay down on a bed made out of 3,497 nails! Don’t worry it won’t hurt a bit. Climbing Wall – The rock climbing wall, which is a beginner level, is a fun physical challenge for everyone. Race a friend or family member to the top and earn bragging rights. Wonder Coaster – This multiple-axis virtual roller coaster will take you through seemingly endless loops and rolls. The coaster has a full 360 degrees of pitch and roll that is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! Ropes Course – The indoor ropes course, which is the largest in the world, is over 50 feet tall! The course is sure to please adrenaline junkies and families alike. As you climb 4 stories of rope, you will cross tremor bridges, swinging beams, and experience over 50 obstacles. Due to the black lights, the entire course has a psychedelic atmosphere. In my opinion, the ropes course is the best attraction at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. The above list is just a small sampling of the 150+ exhibits and attractions at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge.
Good ol’ John Boy greets you and “takes yer orders” – even the waiters are entertaining! As you watch the show, you and the whole family get to feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat meal. The Hatfields and McCoys dance together and brawl with one another – and sometimes you can’t tell which they’re doing. You’ll experience things like: Mountain dancing Dueling banjo musical showdowns Incredible feats of strength Sidesplitting comedy appropriate for all ages And then you get to cap it all off with Granny’s Famous Dessert.
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Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
119 Music Road
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Good ol’ John Boy greets you and “takes yer orders” – even the waiters are entertaining! As you watch the show, you and the whole family get to feast on a delicious all-you-can-eat meal. The Hatfields and McCoys dance together and brawl with one another – and sometimes you can’t tell which they’re doing. You’ll experience things like: Mountain dancing Dueling banjo musical showdowns Incredible feats of strength Sidesplitting comedy appropriate for all ages And then you get to cap it all off with Granny’s Famous Dessert.
If you’re looking for a show that really puts the spangled in star-spangled, you won’t want to miss Country Tonite Pigeon Forge! This country song and dance fest delivers so much flash and glamor that it’s hard to know where to look during the two-hour, country music extravaganza. By the intermission, my eyes were burning from bedazzle overload and processing the continual costume changes! The multi-million dollar theater itself is enough to make your head spin, too. With room for 1,500, there’s really not a bad seat to be had. The show featured a range of country songs, from classic oldies to newer hits, as well as some bluegrass, countrified remakes of top 40 — bluegrass cover of “All the Single Ladies” comes to mind — and gospel. Then, of course, there was Bubba the Redneck Range, there ostensibly to contribute to the comic relief portion of the show…. Just keep in mind that it almost takes more talent to sing “badly.” Country Tonite Pigeon Forge may be all about the country music, but it also features some serious dancing, from cloggin’ to the Texas two-step and even some country breakdancing, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I saw this show. You just haven’t lived until you’ve seen a guy in tight Wranglers, a fringy shirt and a cowboy hat doing a head spin in front of more than a thousand cheering fans. I can now cross “watch a country-style hip-hop dance performance” off of my bucket list. Insider Tips: To get the best seats, call or stop by the theater a few days before your desired show date. Ask them to let you know the section and row you will be seated in and ask them if there is any way to get a better seat. Since the theater oftentimes holds back some of the best seats for special occasions, make sure to tell them if you are celebrating something special.
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Country Tonite Theatre
129 Showplace Blvd
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If you’re looking for a show that really puts the spangled in star-spangled, you won’t want to miss Country Tonite Pigeon Forge! This country song and dance fest delivers so much flash and glamor that it’s hard to know where to look during the two-hour, country music extravaganza. By the intermission, my eyes were burning from bedazzle overload and processing the continual costume changes! The multi-million dollar theater itself is enough to make your head spin, too. With room for 1,500, there’s really not a bad seat to be had. The show featured a range of country songs, from classic oldies to newer hits, as well as some bluegrass, countrified remakes of top 40 — bluegrass cover of “All the Single Ladies” comes to mind — and gospel. Then, of course, there was Bubba the Redneck Range, there ostensibly to contribute to the comic relief portion of the show…. Just keep in mind that it almost takes more talent to sing “badly.” Country Tonite Pigeon Forge may be all about the country music, but it also features some serious dancing, from cloggin’ to the Texas two-step and even some country breakdancing, which I didn’t even know was a thing until I saw this show. You just haven’t lived until you’ve seen a guy in tight Wranglers, a fringy shirt and a cowboy hat doing a head spin in front of more than a thousand cheering fans. I can now cross “watch a country-style hip-hop dance performance” off of my bucket list. Insider Tips: To get the best seats, call or stop by the theater a few days before your desired show date. Ask them to let you know the section and row you will be seated in and ask them if there is any way to get a better seat. Since the theater oftentimes holds back some of the best seats for special occasions, make sure to tell them if you are celebrating something special.
Alcatraz East, which is located near The Island in Pigeon Forge, is a fantastic new crime museum that will have crime geeks drooling. The huge, 25,000 square feet museum includes five unique galleries and over 100 interactive exhibits! The design of the Alcatraz East building was modeled after the first prison in the State of Tennessee and Alcatraz. The museum incorporates the castle-like look of the 1898 Tennessee State Prison just outside of Nashville and the watch towers of Alcatraz. A few of our favorite exhibits include: American Crime- Remember O.J Simpson speeding away in the white Ford Bronco? That vehicle and many other famous getaway cars can only be seen at Alcatraz East. There are plentiful artifacts and souvenirs including guns, papers, vehicles and more that remind us of some of the most famous criminals in our country’s history. Punishment- Want to hang out in a jail cell for the afternoon? Now, you have your chance to get behind bars! Spend some time getting your mug shot taken, take a lie detector test, and then experience jail life… temporarily. In addition to the permanent exhibits, Alcatraz East rotates through temporary exhibits – this was actually one of our favorite facets of this cool museum. The ugly truth of wildlife trafficking was the temporary exhibit the day we visited. As a local who loves our black bears, it was interesting to discover that our beloved creatures are being illegally killed to produce medicines. The temporary exhibit was a collaborative production with several non-profits and government agencies meant to highlight the dangers of the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trafficking industry.
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Alcatraz East Crime Museum
2757 Parkway
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Alcatraz East, which is located near The Island in Pigeon Forge, is a fantastic new crime museum that will have crime geeks drooling. The huge, 25,000 square feet museum includes five unique galleries and over 100 interactive exhibits! The design of the Alcatraz East building was modeled after the first prison in the State of Tennessee and Alcatraz. The museum incorporates the castle-like look of the 1898 Tennessee State Prison just outside of Nashville and the watch towers of Alcatraz. A few of our favorite exhibits include: American Crime- Remember O.J Simpson speeding away in the white Ford Bronco? That vehicle and many other famous getaway cars can only be seen at Alcatraz East. There are plentiful artifacts and souvenirs including guns, papers, vehicles and more that remind us of some of the most famous criminals in our country’s history. Punishment- Want to hang out in a jail cell for the afternoon? Now, you have your chance to get behind bars! Spend some time getting your mug shot taken, take a lie detector test, and then experience jail life… temporarily. In addition to the permanent exhibits, Alcatraz East rotates through temporary exhibits – this was actually one of our favorite facets of this cool museum. The ugly truth of wildlife trafficking was the temporary exhibit the day we visited. As a local who loves our black bears, it was interesting to discover that our beloved creatures are being illegally killed to produce medicines. The temporary exhibit was a collaborative production with several non-profits and government agencies meant to highlight the dangers of the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trafficking industry.
You’ve never been on a roller coaster like this one. You sit alone on the track in a cart, with a brake in your hand. This mile of coaster is yours to tackle, because you control how fast your coaster goes. Use the hand brake to create a ride unique to you, or let it go and zip through the entire track. Maximum speed is about 30 mph, not enough to frighten a hardcore coaster rider, but perfect for keeping this activity fun for everyone. Even if you love the rush of bigger coasters, you shouldn’t turn your nose up at this one. The experience of controlling your own cart is truly unique, providing a different kind of thrill than what other coasters can dream up. One or two people can sit in the carts, so you can brave it alone or bring someone along. This alpine coaster has a few requirements you should know about. The person operating the cart must be 54 inches tall. If you’re going to bring a second person, you must be at least 16. Passengers need to be 38 inches tall and at least 3 years old. The cart’s weight limit changes depending on if the conditions are wet or dry; dry conditions can hold more weight. You can go in rain, snow, sunlight, or moonlight. Insider Tips: Ride the coaster more than once – additional rides are significantly discounted! Create a more thrilling ride by braking and letting go at specific times. The view from the coaster is gorgeous, too, but during your first ride you’ll be focused on operating the cart. A second ride will let you see the trees and Tennessee hills so beautifully displayed around you. The seats are a bit of a tight squeeze. If you’re above average in size, be prepared to squish a little. However, the seats are perfect for children, and kids of almost all ages will feel comfortable riding this coaster with their parents. Teens will love it especially because they get to ride alone. If you’re using the internet to find this coaster, make sure you don’t confuse it with the other alpine coaster in the area, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Remember, too, that if you only google Goats on the Roof (without the Coaster part) you may also get a result for a spot in Georgia, which might be a little confusing since you’re visiting Pigeon Forge.
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The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
1341 Wears Valley Rd
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You’ve never been on a roller coaster like this one. You sit alone on the track in a cart, with a brake in your hand. This mile of coaster is yours to tackle, because you control how fast your coaster goes. Use the hand brake to create a ride unique to you, or let it go and zip through the entire track. Maximum speed is about 30 mph, not enough to frighten a hardcore coaster rider, but perfect for keeping this activity fun for everyone. Even if you love the rush of bigger coasters, you shouldn’t turn your nose up at this one. The experience of controlling your own cart is truly unique, providing a different kind of thrill than what other coasters can dream up. One or two people can sit in the carts, so you can brave it alone or bring someone along. This alpine coaster has a few requirements you should know about. The person operating the cart must be 54 inches tall. If you’re going to bring a second person, you must be at least 16. Passengers need to be 38 inches tall and at least 3 years old. The cart’s weight limit changes depending on if the conditions are wet or dry; dry conditions can hold more weight. You can go in rain, snow, sunlight, or moonlight. Insider Tips: Ride the coaster more than once – additional rides are significantly discounted! Create a more thrilling ride by braking and letting go at specific times. The view from the coaster is gorgeous, too, but during your first ride you’ll be focused on operating the cart. A second ride will let you see the trees and Tennessee hills so beautifully displayed around you. The seats are a bit of a tight squeeze. If you’re above average in size, be prepared to squish a little. However, the seats are perfect for children, and kids of almost all ages will feel comfortable riding this coaster with their parents. Teens will love it especially because they get to ride alone. If you’re using the internet to find this coaster, make sure you don’t confuse it with the other alpine coaster in the area, the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Remember, too, that if you only google Goats on the Roof (without the Coaster part) you may also get a result for a spot in Georgia, which might be a little confusing since you’re visiting Pigeon Forge.
Dinner theater is a popular pastime in the Smokies, but not all shows are created equal. If you want to feel inspired to get on your feet and dance to the tunes alongside the performers, don’t miss the Soul of Motown, a concert-style homage to the legends of the Motown era. Don’t hesitate to let your feet lead the way, either. The Grand Majestic Theater encourages attendees to dance in their seats or on the aisles. As soon as you start grooving to the Motown and soul classics you know and love, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1950s or ’60s when this style of music reigned supreme. You’ll appreciate the performers’ amazing voices, impeccable dance moves, and amazing costumes. You’ll love their near-perfect imitations of Motown greats, too. In fact, you might even think you’re witnessing your favorite classic performers right there on the stage. Insider Tip: While the Soul of Motown is a dinner show, you can opt out of the dinner portion of the evening if you have other plans for an evening meal. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to spare before the show starts, even if you aren’t planning to enjoy the included dinner
Soul Of Motown
2330 Parkway
Dinner theater is a popular pastime in the Smokies, but not all shows are created equal. If you want to feel inspired to get on your feet and dance to the tunes alongside the performers, don’t miss the Soul of Motown, a concert-style homage to the legends of the Motown era. Don’t hesitate to let your feet lead the way, either. The Grand Majestic Theater encourages attendees to dance in their seats or on the aisles. As soon as you start grooving to the Motown and soul classics you know and love, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1950s or ’60s when this style of music reigned supreme. You’ll appreciate the performers’ amazing voices, impeccable dance moves, and amazing costumes. You’ll love their near-perfect imitations of Motown greats, too. In fact, you might even think you’re witnessing your favorite classic performers right there on the stage. Insider Tip: While the Soul of Motown is a dinner show, you can opt out of the dinner portion of the evening if you have other plans for an evening meal. Be sure to arrive with plenty of time to spare before the show starts, even if you aren’t planning to enjoy the included dinner
One of the coolest things to do at Pigeon Forge’s Outdoor Gravity Park? Zorbing. The name is kind of funny, but the activity is insanely cool. You know those big inflatable person-sized balls you can go inside? That’s zorbing: you’re inside a gigantic blow-up hamster ball and you roll down a hill. It’s exhilarating and unlike anything you’ve ever done. We mean ever, because currently Outdoor Gravity Park is the only place in the United States you can go zorbing. Insider Tips: Summer is the most popular time for zorbing. If you don’t want to wait in line, go before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m. However, the wait time is usually short, because the rides are fast and the park has three tracks to accommodate all the zorbing. Spry senior citizens can typically handle zorbing. Though adrenaline is high, impact is relatively low. If you want to know whether you can handle zorbing, ask your doctor and talk to an expert once you get to the park. You won’t tumble inside the ball, so don’t worry about dizziness. Though the experience is a bit pricey, plan to go more than once, if only to experience two of the tracks or to do one ride with people and one ride by yourself.
Outdoor Gravity Park
203 Sugar Hollow Rd
One of the coolest things to do at Pigeon Forge’s Outdoor Gravity Park? Zorbing. The name is kind of funny, but the activity is insanely cool. You know those big inflatable person-sized balls you can go inside? That’s zorbing: you’re inside a gigantic blow-up hamster ball and you roll down a hill. It’s exhilarating and unlike anything you’ve ever done. We mean ever, because currently Outdoor Gravity Park is the only place in the United States you can go zorbing. Insider Tips: Summer is the most popular time for zorbing. If you don’t want to wait in line, go before 11 a.m. or after 4 p.m. However, the wait time is usually short, because the rides are fast and the park has three tracks to accommodate all the zorbing. Spry senior citizens can typically handle zorbing. Though adrenaline is high, impact is relatively low. If you want to know whether you can handle zorbing, ask your doctor and talk to an expert once you get to the park. You won’t tumble inside the ball, so don’t worry about dizziness. Though the experience is a bit pricey, plan to go more than once, if only to experience two of the tracks or to do one ride with people and one ride by yourself.
The eight-mile Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Loop is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The independently owned shops found in this unique area feel a world removed from the crowded Gatlinburg Strip and offers a glimpse into the lives of Appalachian artists. Alewine Pottery, which is located in Gatlinburg on the Arts & Crafts Loop, is a three-generation, family-owned pottery shop that you must visit! Robert Alewine, the master potter, has trained countless artisans and the quality and authenticity of the work is immediately evident upon entering the charming store. The rapidly spinning potters wheel with the clay that seems to dance under pressure from the potter’s hand is mesmerizing! In addition to watching the clay being shaped by the rapidly spinning wheel, the artisans may be glazing individual pieces, running the clay ovens, or adding designs to high-end pieces. While it is primarily adults that will appreciate the finished work, children LOVE watching the pottery process play out before their eyes! Although Alewine is known for its signature glazed mugs that feature a bold leaf design, the shop has literally thousands of unique handthrown pottery pieces. The shelves are filled with cups, bowls, plates, mugs, vases, and every type of pottery imaginable! Each piece is unique and has a personality, but they all have one thing in common – they were handmade by Alewine right here in the Smoky Mountains.
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Alewine Pottery
623 Glades Road
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The eight-mile Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Loop is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The independently owned shops found in this unique area feel a world removed from the crowded Gatlinburg Strip and offers a glimpse into the lives of Appalachian artists. Alewine Pottery, which is located in Gatlinburg on the Arts & Crafts Loop, is a three-generation, family-owned pottery shop that you must visit! Robert Alewine, the master potter, has trained countless artisans and the quality and authenticity of the work is immediately evident upon entering the charming store. The rapidly spinning potters wheel with the clay that seems to dance under pressure from the potter’s hand is mesmerizing! In addition to watching the clay being shaped by the rapidly spinning wheel, the artisans may be glazing individual pieces, running the clay ovens, or adding designs to high-end pieces. While it is primarily adults that will appreciate the finished work, children LOVE watching the pottery process play out before their eyes! Although Alewine is known for its signature glazed mugs that feature a bold leaf design, the shop has literally thousands of unique handthrown pottery pieces. The shelves are filled with cups, bowls, plates, mugs, vases, and every type of pottery imaginable! Each piece is unique and has a personality, but they all have one thing in common – they were handmade by Alewine right here in the Smoky Mountains.
f there’s one thing I appreciate in a variety show, it’s actual variety. That’s why we enjoyed the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge so much. It’s not a show you can categorize as just one thing, and it’s certainly not just more of the same old same old. It’s a fantastic variety revue that combines singing, dancing, comedy, and even special effects. Special effects? That’s what I said. Laser lights, pyrotechnics, video screens, even aerial acts. If it sounds different than what you’d expect from an opry show in Pigeon Forge, you heard me right. It is. Flat out, the Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the best shows my family has been to in years. Insider Tip: Arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime for early seating.
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Smoky Mountain Opry
2046 Parkway
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f there’s one thing I appreciate in a variety show, it’s actual variety. That’s why we enjoyed the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge so much. It’s not a show you can categorize as just one thing, and it’s certainly not just more of the same old same old. It’s a fantastic variety revue that combines singing, dancing, comedy, and even special effects. Special effects? That’s what I said. Laser lights, pyrotechnics, video screens, even aerial acts. If it sounds different than what you’d expect from an opry show in Pigeon Forge, you heard me right. It is. Flat out, the Smoky Mountain Opry is one of the best shows my family has been to in years. Insider Tip: Arrive 30 minutes prior to showtime for early seating.
The Hollywood Wax Museum features dozens of life-like replicas of your favorite stars in the 22,000 square foot, two-level museum. Many of Hollywood’s most familiar faces including Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, can be found here. In addition to Hollywood’s typical stars, the musical industry is well represented with Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, and many more present! This museum is different than most wax museums. Instead of placing the wax figures behind glass, they are out in the open where you can pose for photos with them. In fact, most of the wax figures have props that you can use to make the photos more complete! Insider Tip: You can visit the roof of the Hollywood Wax Museum, which offers an up-close-and-personal view of King Kong and great views of Pigeon Forge and the Parkway.
Hollywood Wax Museum
106 Showplace Boulevard
The Hollywood Wax Museum features dozens of life-like replicas of your favorite stars in the 22,000 square foot, two-level museum. Many of Hollywood’s most familiar faces including Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger, can be found here. In addition to Hollywood’s typical stars, the musical industry is well represented with Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, and many more present! This museum is different than most wax museums. Instead of placing the wax figures behind glass, they are out in the open where you can pose for photos with them. In fact, most of the wax figures have props that you can use to make the photos more complete! Insider Tip: You can visit the roof of the Hollywood Wax Museum, which offers an up-close-and-personal view of King Kong and great views of Pigeon Forge and the Parkway.
Residents, as well as visitors to the Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee, can enjoy 18 holes of challenging golf amid a picturesque backdrop. The golf course originally opened in 1955 but underwent a full renovation in 1993 and again in 2007. Today, the Gatlinburg Golf Course features lush fairways, well-manicured greens and amazing views. Check in at the Clubhouse for your tee time and to rent clubs if a set is needed. Club rental prices seem a bit higher than other public courses, but tee fees are reasonable for the course. There are tee fee discounts for military personnel, seniors and junior players as well. The Gatlinburg Golf Course is family-friendly, and with four tee boxes, players of all abilities will enjoy playing this course. fter enjoying a day in the fresh mountain air and playing a full round of golf, head back to the Clubhouse for a bite to eat. The menu is standard golf course fare, ranging from burgers and fries to chicken sandwiches and more. Even though we decided not eat while at the course, it’s nice to have the option if you want to sit a bit and enjoy a sandwich after playing. The Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course is open year-round. You can book your tee time online, by phone or in person at the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Insider Tip: During prime season (June to October), advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Tee times can be reserved up to 14 days in advance.
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Gatlinburg Golf Course
520 Dollywood Lane
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Residents, as well as visitors to the Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee, can enjoy 18 holes of challenging golf amid a picturesque backdrop. The golf course originally opened in 1955 but underwent a full renovation in 1993 and again in 2007. Today, the Gatlinburg Golf Course features lush fairways, well-manicured greens and amazing views. Check in at the Clubhouse for your tee time and to rent clubs if a set is needed. Club rental prices seem a bit higher than other public courses, but tee fees are reasonable for the course. There are tee fee discounts for military personnel, seniors and junior players as well. The Gatlinburg Golf Course is family-friendly, and with four tee boxes, players of all abilities will enjoy playing this course. fter enjoying a day in the fresh mountain air and playing a full round of golf, head back to the Clubhouse for a bite to eat. The menu is standard golf course fare, ranging from burgers and fries to chicken sandwiches and more. Even though we decided not eat while at the course, it’s nice to have the option if you want to sit a bit and enjoy a sandwich after playing. The Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course is open year-round. You can book your tee time online, by phone or in person at the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is open daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Insider Tip: During prime season (June to October), advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Tee times can be reserved up to 14 days in advance.
Five Oaks Riding Stables in Pigeon Forge is the premier equestrian experience in the entire area. Featuring over 60 well-bread horses and 6 miles of scenic trails covering 70 acres of woodland, Five Oaks is sure to be a top pick for horseback riding lovers. Safe for the whole family, riders 3 years or older are welcomed to take a ride with their 4-legged friend while they unplug and soak in the beauty of the Smokies. Common sitings include wild turkeys, white tailed deer, and a variety of birds (the Smokies are home to almost 200 species of bird!) and various other creatures. During your guided horse back ride, your tour guide will lead you and your group through the winding dirt paths, rut with hoof marks, giving you a verbal history of the lands proud Smoky Mountains history. During your ride you will pass authentic moonshine stills, see beautiful mountainous views, peer over the city of Pigeon Forge, and even experience the occasional zip-liner go rushing overhead. All-in-all, Five Oaks Riding Stable is the top rated horse-back riding experience in the Smokies with over 250 reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. If you’re looking for an authentic outdoor experience that won’t break the bank, give them a call and schedule your ride. 30 minute and 1 hour sessions are available. Insider Tip: If you’re new to horseback riding or think you might be a bit uneasy, it’s best to go on a dry day when the ground hasn’t had rain for at least 24 hours. If it’s your first time on a horse, be sure to tell your guide and they will ensure a positive riding experience and help you feel comfortable on your horse.
Five Oaks Riding Stables
1630 Parkway
Five Oaks Riding Stables in Pigeon Forge is the premier equestrian experience in the entire area. Featuring over 60 well-bread horses and 6 miles of scenic trails covering 70 acres of woodland, Five Oaks is sure to be a top pick for horseback riding lovers. Safe for the whole family, riders 3 years or older are welcomed to take a ride with their 4-legged friend while they unplug and soak in the beauty of the Smokies. Common sitings include wild turkeys, white tailed deer, and a variety of birds (the Smokies are home to almost 200 species of bird!) and various other creatures. During your guided horse back ride, your tour guide will lead you and your group through the winding dirt paths, rut with hoof marks, giving you a verbal history of the lands proud Smoky Mountains history. During your ride you will pass authentic moonshine stills, see beautiful mountainous views, peer over the city of Pigeon Forge, and even experience the occasional zip-liner go rushing overhead. All-in-all, Five Oaks Riding Stable is the top rated horse-back riding experience in the Smokies with over 250 reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating. If you’re looking for an authentic outdoor experience that won’t break the bank, give them a call and schedule your ride. 30 minute and 1 hour sessions are available. Insider Tip: If you’re new to horseback riding or think you might be a bit uneasy, it’s best to go on a dry day when the ground hasn’t had rain for at least 24 hours. If it’s your first time on a horse, be sure to tell your guide and they will ensure a positive riding experience and help you feel comfortable on your horse.
With plentiful go-kart tracks spread throughout Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Xtreme Racing Center boasts the fastest karts in the entire region. These go-karts, which hit speeds in excess of 40 miles-per-hour, are aimed towards those who have a need for speed. Even those the world-class Sodi carts are speedy, you don’t have to leave the little ones at home if you decide to race at Xtreme Racing. The venue also boasts an elevated track where passengers as young as three years of age can accompany their parents on a thrilling ride that is enjoyable for the entire family. As soon as you catch a glimpse of Xtreme Racing Center’s main track, you’ll know that this facility is serious about your racing experience. The course measures 3,500 linear feet, and it’s a sinuous beast. Insider Tips: We recommend that you allot enough time for at least two races if you intend to drive one of the facility’s Pro Karts. Why? Because in order to race in a Pro Kart, you must first make a qualifying run in an X-Treme Kart. After your initial run, you will be moved up to the faster carts and will run the same course, but in the opposite direction. Your starting order for the second race will be the reverse of how you finished your first race. In other words, if you finished first, you’ll be put to the back of the pack. It’s not a punishment. It’s so you can enjoy the challenge of passing other racers. Xtreme Racing Center is included in the Dubby’s Park Hopper Band, which offers you a package deal on a number of area attractions.
Xtreme Raceway Park
1800 South Interstate 45 Service Road
With plentiful go-kart tracks spread throughout Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Xtreme Racing Center boasts the fastest karts in the entire region. These go-karts, which hit speeds in excess of 40 miles-per-hour, are aimed towards those who have a need for speed. Even those the world-class Sodi carts are speedy, you don’t have to leave the little ones at home if you decide to race at Xtreme Racing. The venue also boasts an elevated track where passengers as young as three years of age can accompany their parents on a thrilling ride that is enjoyable for the entire family. As soon as you catch a glimpse of Xtreme Racing Center’s main track, you’ll know that this facility is serious about your racing experience. The course measures 3,500 linear feet, and it’s a sinuous beast. Insider Tips: We recommend that you allot enough time for at least two races if you intend to drive one of the facility’s Pro Karts. Why? Because in order to race in a Pro Kart, you must first make a qualifying run in an X-Treme Kart. After your initial run, you will be moved up to the faster carts and will run the same course, but in the opposite direction. Your starting order for the second race will be the reverse of how you finished your first race. In other words, if you finished first, you’ll be put to the back of the pack. It’s not a punishment. It’s so you can enjoy the challenge of passing other racers. Xtreme Racing Center is included in the Dubby’s Park Hopper Band, which offers you a package deal on a number of area attractions.
t’s the lament of every kid who grew up in the South: no snow days, no snow balls, and no sledding! Good news for snow lovers: a new attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN can’t cancel classes, but it does offer frosty family fun all year round. Pigeon Forge Snow is the first ever indoor snow tubing attraction in America. The concept is simple: all natural man-made snow gets blown atop several high speed tubing slides for fun, fast, family adventure. In addition, Pigeon Forge also offers a “Snow Play” area. Imagine a sandbox, but with real snow instead of sand! You can purchases tubing passes by the hour and Snow Play passes in 30 minute increments, but your best bet is to combine the two so you can experience all that Pigeon Forge Snow has to offer. Insider Tips: -Man made snow makes for a fast trip down the slide. Unless you’ve got lots of time to kill or you visit on a very busy day, an hour should be ample for visiting this unique attraction. Makes for the perfect pit stop to break up a long road trip, especially on a hot summer afternoon! However, expect to pay $20+ per person for this time-killing activity. -Children under 38″ tall are not permitted to tube, but can play in the snow for 30 minutes for $7.99.
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Pigeon Forge Snow
2533 Teaster Ln
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t’s the lament of every kid who grew up in the South: no snow days, no snow balls, and no sledding! Good news for snow lovers: a new attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN can’t cancel classes, but it does offer frosty family fun all year round. Pigeon Forge Snow is the first ever indoor snow tubing attraction in America. The concept is simple: all natural man-made snow gets blown atop several high speed tubing slides for fun, fast, family adventure. In addition, Pigeon Forge also offers a “Snow Play” area. Imagine a sandbox, but with real snow instead of sand! You can purchases tubing passes by the hour and Snow Play passes in 30 minute increments, but your best bet is to combine the two so you can experience all that Pigeon Forge Snow has to offer. Insider Tips: -Man made snow makes for a fast trip down the slide. Unless you’ve got lots of time to kill or you visit on a very busy day, an hour should be ample for visiting this unique attraction. Makes for the perfect pit stop to break up a long road trip, especially on a hot summer afternoon! However, expect to pay $20+ per person for this time-killing activity. -Children under 38″ tall are not permitted to tube, but can play in the snow for 30 minutes for $7.99.
Fly high above Pigeon Forge with Smoky Mountain Ziplines — one of the area's most trusted zipline attractions. During your two-hour journey, you'll traverse over 4,200 feet of cable, reaching heights of up to 150 feet. Along the way, you'll be accompanied by helpful guides, who are kind, encouraging, and happy to crack jokes. Insider Tips: – Be sure to make use of the restrooms located at the base camp prior to your tour. Keep in mind that the excursion can last for up to two hours — and during that time, you will not enjoy access to additional restroom facilities. – Food is not allowed during the tour, but you’re encouraged to pack a lunch or tasty snacks to leave at base camp. After your zipline adventure, you can return to the base camp’s porch for an enjoyable picnic — the perfect opportunity for recounting your adventure while the memory remains fresh. – Many local zipline tours prevent visitors from carrying cell phones and cameras during their journeys, but this is not the case at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. Rather, you’ll be instructed to keep these essentials in special pouches, where they can remain safe throughout the duration of your adventure. – Booking in advance is highly recommended — especially if you intend to enjoy a weekend zipline tour during peak season. Because Smoky Mountain Ziplines is so highly regarded, the attraction regularly books up several days in advance. That being said, day-of bookings aren’t always impossible to achieve. Don’t hesitate to try to snag a spot if you’d like to experience this excursion on short notice — but don’t be surprised if the popular destination is completely booked.
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Smoky Mountain Ziplines
509 Mill Creek Road
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Fly high above Pigeon Forge with Smoky Mountain Ziplines — one of the area's most trusted zipline attractions. During your two-hour journey, you'll traverse over 4,200 feet of cable, reaching heights of up to 150 feet. Along the way, you'll be accompanied by helpful guides, who are kind, encouraging, and happy to crack jokes. Insider Tips: – Be sure to make use of the restrooms located at the base camp prior to your tour. Keep in mind that the excursion can last for up to two hours — and during that time, you will not enjoy access to additional restroom facilities. – Food is not allowed during the tour, but you’re encouraged to pack a lunch or tasty snacks to leave at base camp. After your zipline adventure, you can return to the base camp’s porch for an enjoyable picnic — the perfect opportunity for recounting your adventure while the memory remains fresh. – Many local zipline tours prevent visitors from carrying cell phones and cameras during their journeys, but this is not the case at Smoky Mountain Ziplines. Rather, you’ll be instructed to keep these essentials in special pouches, where they can remain safe throughout the duration of your adventure. – Booking in advance is highly recommended — especially if you intend to enjoy a weekend zipline tour during peak season. Because Smoky Mountain Ziplines is so highly regarded, the attraction regularly books up several days in advance. That being said, day-of bookings aren’t always impossible to achieve. Don’t hesitate to try to snag a spot if you’d like to experience this excursion on short notice — but don’t be surprised if the popular destination is completely booked.
Experience the Smokies like they did generations ago; on horseback at the Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa just outside of Pigeon Forge. Riding horses, however, is just the start of the family fun at this throwback attraction. Here, you can mine for gems (and keep what you find!), visit the petting zoo, go fishing in the pond, hop on an ATV or explore the museum and general store. Create lasting memories with some classic adventures at the Big Rock Dude Ranch. The centerpiece of the Big Rock Dude Ranch is the riding stables and the beautiful collection of over 80 horses. The Ranch is a member of the Quarter Horse Association and horses are chosen for their good temperaments and dispositions. After watching a brief safety and orientation film, riders can mount their steeds for an unforgettable experience. Loading ramps make it easy for just about anyone to ride without having to pull themselves up onto the saddle. Riders are then treated to a 3.5-mile mountain ride with extraordinary views of the Smoky Mountains. This is truly the only way to experience the region like the early settlers did…on horseback! Safety is a priority at the ranch and it is the recipient of the Gilliham and Associates #1 Rating for safety, a challenging rating to achieve. Helmets are available upon request. After your ride, the family may be ready for some gas-powered fun aboard the 4×4 ATV’s. The thirty-minute rides start at the ranch near the bottoms, go through creeks and along ridgelines. Exceptional views abound as your guide takes you through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Riders do need to be at least 16 years of age or have a permit to drive. Insider Tips: – Horseback riding is available, weather permitting, seven days a week from 9 am until 5 pm. “Big Boy” horses (for those 250 lbs. or more) are frequently out on rides so you may wish to call ahead. – The ranch offers a variety of money-saving combo-packages that combine activities. Be sure to ask if there is a package for the activities you have the most interest in.
Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa LLC
909 Little Cove Rd
Experience the Smokies like they did generations ago; on horseback at the Big Rock Dude Ranch at Ponderosa just outside of Pigeon Forge. Riding horses, however, is just the start of the family fun at this throwback attraction. Here, you can mine for gems (and keep what you find!), visit the petting zoo, go fishing in the pond, hop on an ATV or explore the museum and general store. Create lasting memories with some classic adventures at the Big Rock Dude Ranch. The centerpiece of the Big Rock Dude Ranch is the riding stables and the beautiful collection of over 80 horses. The Ranch is a member of the Quarter Horse Association and horses are chosen for their good temperaments and dispositions. After watching a brief safety and orientation film, riders can mount their steeds for an unforgettable experience. Loading ramps make it easy for just about anyone to ride without having to pull themselves up onto the saddle. Riders are then treated to a 3.5-mile mountain ride with extraordinary views of the Smoky Mountains. This is truly the only way to experience the region like the early settlers did…on horseback! Safety is a priority at the ranch and it is the recipient of the Gilliham and Associates #1 Rating for safety, a challenging rating to achieve. Helmets are available upon request. After your ride, the family may be ready for some gas-powered fun aboard the 4×4 ATV’s. The thirty-minute rides start at the ranch near the bottoms, go through creeks and along ridgelines. Exceptional views abound as your guide takes you through the heart of the Smoky Mountains. Riders do need to be at least 16 years of age or have a permit to drive. Insider Tips: – Horseback riding is available, weather permitting, seven days a week from 9 am until 5 pm. “Big Boy” horses (for those 250 lbs. or more) are frequently out on rides so you may wish to call ahead. – The ranch offers a variety of money-saving combo-packages that combine activities. Be sure to ask if there is a package for the activities you have the most interest in.
Bluff Mountain Adventures specializes in professionally guided ATV tours that traverse the foothills of Eastern Tennessee. With a variety of all-terrain vehicles to ride and lots of space to explore, the tours promise to be fun, exciting and full of adventure. The trails at Bluff Mountain Adventures cover 6,000 acres of terrain in the Smoky Mountains, starting at Bluff Mountain and exploring some surrounding areas. In a relatively short amount of time, these trails take riders deep into the area’s beautiful surroundings for a combination of adrenaline-inducing riding and pristine nature watching. Because this is a true natural habitat, it’s impossible to predict exactly what might be seen on any one ride. The tours themselves generally range from 1 to 2 hours, and they’re open to riders of all abilities so long as they meet the minimum age and height requirements (12 years old and 57 inches tall). Novice riders have multiple beginner-friendly trails to traverse, while experienced riders can run along one of the nearby ridges. On all tours, riders can expect to cross streams, navigate turns and cover varied terrain — this isn’t the place to wear your Sunday best. All safety gear is provided, and a guide shows the way around every turn and down every hill so that there’s no question of where the trail leads. For a fun way to explore the foothills that’s a little more exciting than hiking, Bluff Mountain Adventures has a tour that’s perfect for your group. You’ll see the Smokies better than you can from any paved road. Insider Tip: – If you’re taking a group on a tour and want to save a little money, book one of the multi-people ATVs. There are models that accommodate two, three and four people, and they’re all cheaper than getting each person their own vehicle to ride on.
Bluff Mountain Adventures
2186 Parkway
Bluff Mountain Adventures specializes in professionally guided ATV tours that traverse the foothills of Eastern Tennessee. With a variety of all-terrain vehicles to ride and lots of space to explore, the tours promise to be fun, exciting and full of adventure. The trails at Bluff Mountain Adventures cover 6,000 acres of terrain in the Smoky Mountains, starting at Bluff Mountain and exploring some surrounding areas. In a relatively short amount of time, these trails take riders deep into the area’s beautiful surroundings for a combination of adrenaline-inducing riding and pristine nature watching. Because this is a true natural habitat, it’s impossible to predict exactly what might be seen on any one ride. The tours themselves generally range from 1 to 2 hours, and they’re open to riders of all abilities so long as they meet the minimum age and height requirements (12 years old and 57 inches tall). Novice riders have multiple beginner-friendly trails to traverse, while experienced riders can run along one of the nearby ridges. On all tours, riders can expect to cross streams, navigate turns and cover varied terrain — this isn’t the place to wear your Sunday best. All safety gear is provided, and a guide shows the way around every turn and down every hill so that there’s no question of where the trail leads. For a fun way to explore the foothills that’s a little more exciting than hiking, Bluff Mountain Adventures has a tour that’s perfect for your group. You’ll see the Smokies better than you can from any paved road. Insider Tip: – If you’re taking a group on a tour and want to save a little money, book one of the multi-people ATVs. There are models that accommodate two, three and four people, and they’re all cheaper than getting each person their own vehicle to ride on.
With the riverside and the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, Mill Bridge Winery provides the perfect place to relax and sip wine to your heart’s content. They provide a free tasting of four wines and a cider of your choice, setting the stage for an awesome experience. Once you’ve found your favorites, you can buy wine or cider by the glass or bottle and even take a few bottles home for later. Insider Tips: – If you buy more than three bottles at a time, you will receive a discount. – They do not allow you to write in a tip when paying with a credit or debit card, so bring enough cash for tips. – Join their wine club to receive six bottles of wine, including exclusive signature selections, twice a year.
Mill Bridge Winery
3331 S River Rd
With the riverside and the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, Mill Bridge Winery provides the perfect place to relax and sip wine to your heart’s content. They provide a free tasting of four wines and a cider of your choice, setting the stage for an awesome experience. Once you’ve found your favorites, you can buy wine or cider by the glass or bottle and even take a few bottles home for later. Insider Tips: – If you buy more than three bottles at a time, you will receive a discount. – They do not allow you to write in a tip when paying with a credit or debit card, so bring enough cash for tips. – Join their wine club to receive six bottles of wine, including exclusive signature selections, twice a year.
When you’re in the Smokies, the adventures are endless. From mountain biking to hiking, there are endless possibilities. But one of the most beloved ways to see the full scope of the wilderness has always been rafting down the Big Pigeon River. Rafting in the Smokies has been helping their customers discover the wonder since 1978. Their decades of experience gives them the upper hand when to outfit the countless travelers who have graced their doors over the years Insider Tips: – The raft for upper section of the river seats up to 6 people while the lower section raft seats up to 7. – The personal flotation devices can be expanded up to 56″. – If you’re hoping to schedule more activities, you can add on rock climbing, ziplining, or the ropes course. – To tackle the upper section of the river, you need to be at least 8 years old. For the lower section, all passengers need to be at least 3. – The rafting season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but you can call ahead for spring and winter availability.
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Rafting In the Smokies
East Parkway
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When you’re in the Smokies, the adventures are endless. From mountain biking to hiking, there are endless possibilities. But one of the most beloved ways to see the full scope of the wilderness has always been rafting down the Big Pigeon River. Rafting in the Smokies has been helping their customers discover the wonder since 1978. Their decades of experience gives them the upper hand when to outfit the countless travelers who have graced their doors over the years Insider Tips: – The raft for upper section of the river seats up to 6 people while the lower section raft seats up to 7. – The personal flotation devices can be expanded up to 56″. – If you’re hoping to schedule more activities, you can add on rock climbing, ziplining, or the ropes course. – To tackle the upper section of the river, you need to be at least 8 years old. For the lower section, all passengers need to be at least 3. – The rafting season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but you can call ahead for spring and winter availability.
The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. Europeans settled the Cades Cove area between 1818 and 1821. Today, visitors to Cades Cove can enjoy the largest variety of historic buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings that include three churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill. Access the Cades Cove Loop from Laurel Creek Road, Parson Branch Road or Rich Mountain Road—the latter two roads are closed during winter. The Loop is a one-way (one-lane) paved road. The scenic driving tour through the Cades Cove Loop takes approximately two to four hours depending on traffic. Because it’s a single-lane road, be prepared to stop frequently—the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the amazing mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife. The gently winding road offers many places to stop, park and stretch your legs while taking in the scenery. Halfway through the Loop, make a point to stop at the Visitors Center. Photo opportunities are ample and restrooms available. The water-powered mill is near the Visitor Center is a must-see as well. From early May through late September, only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the Cades Cove Loop until 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Vehicles can enter on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 10 a.m. Insider tip: During your drive, keep an eye out for white tail deer, coyote, elk, fox and black bears. Visitors often spy black bears in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Black bears typically can be seen along the Loop during late summer and fall.
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Cades Cove
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The Cades Cove Loop winds for 11 miles through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a picturesque drive with a backdrop of the mountain peaks and its lush, rolling greens. Europeans settled the Cades Cove area between 1818 and 1821. Today, visitors to Cades Cove can enjoy the largest variety of historic buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. When traveling the scenic loop road, plan to get out and visit the restored buildings that include three churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill. Access the Cades Cove Loop from Laurel Creek Road, Parson Branch Road or Rich Mountain Road—the latter two roads are closed during winter. The Loop is a one-way (one-lane) paved road. The scenic driving tour through the Cades Cove Loop takes approximately two to four hours depending on traffic. Because it’s a single-lane road, be prepared to stop frequently—the slow pace makes it easy to enjoy the amazing mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife. The gently winding road offers many places to stop, park and stretch your legs while taking in the scenery. Halfway through the Loop, make a point to stop at the Visitors Center. Photo opportunities are ample and restrooms available. The water-powered mill is near the Visitor Center is a must-see as well. From early May through late September, only bicycle and foot traffic are allowed on the Cades Cove Loop until 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Vehicles can enter on Wednesdays and Saturdays after 10 a.m. Insider tip: During your drive, keep an eye out for white tail deer, coyote, elk, fox and black bears. Visitors often spy black bears in the late afternoon/early evening hours. Black bears typically can be seen along the Loop during late summer and fall.
Pink Adventure Tours offers a great way to see the stunning scenic views offered by the Smoky Mountains without being at the wheel yourself. Relax as an experienced, trained driver takes you through the gorgeous areas of the Smoky Mountain National Park, taking in the scenery and enjoying the perfect photo ops built into the tour. Certain tours come with an off-road adventure at the end, to kick the excitement up even more. Knowledgeable, friendly guides offer information about the area and add to the fun, making your tour a perfect adventure for the entire family. Insider Tips: -Smoky Mountain Pink Jeep Tours recommends that all guests check-in at least 20 minutes early, so be sure to arrive 20 minutes prior to your tour. – Keep in mind, it’s customary to tip your guide for a great job, and you can tip based upon preference either in cash or by having it added to the credit card you used. – For safety’s sake, dress in outdoor, comfortable clothing and choose closed-toe shoes for your adventure. Layers are recommended since temperatures may become cooler in the mountains. Since tours can be dusty, contact wearers may want to switch to glasses on the tour.
Pink® Jeep® Tours - Smoky Mountains
3152 Parkway
Pink Adventure Tours offers a great way to see the stunning scenic views offered by the Smoky Mountains without being at the wheel yourself. Relax as an experienced, trained driver takes you through the gorgeous areas of the Smoky Mountain National Park, taking in the scenery and enjoying the perfect photo ops built into the tour. Certain tours come with an off-road adventure at the end, to kick the excitement up even more. Knowledgeable, friendly guides offer information about the area and add to the fun, making your tour a perfect adventure for the entire family. Insider Tips: -Smoky Mountain Pink Jeep Tours recommends that all guests check-in at least 20 minutes early, so be sure to arrive 20 minutes prior to your tour. – Keep in mind, it’s customary to tip your guide for a great job, and you can tip based upon preference either in cash or by having it added to the credit card you used. – For safety’s sake, dress in outdoor, comfortable clothing and choose closed-toe shoes for your adventure. Layers are recommended since temperatures may become cooler in the mountains. Since tours can be dusty, contact wearers may want to switch to glasses on the tour.
f you dream of outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains but aren’t quite sure where to start, you’re the perfect candidate for a half, full-day, or multi-day expedition with Smoky Mountain Guides. This popular, local tour company plans and facilitates small group trips that expose travelers and locals alike to the best experiences of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trip leaders are knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. They’re determined to coax you out of your comfort zone without ever making you feel frightened or vulnerable. They love swapping travel stories and can provide excellent suggestions for local sites to check out after your guided tour. Some of the profits from Smoky Mountain trips go towards a great cause: Camp Exodus. Designed specifically for those in poverty or otherwise in need, Camp Exodus provides outdoor experiences for people who might otherwise miss out on the wonders of the Smoky Mountains. Insider Tips: -While several trips emphasize hidden gems, some also take you to top attractions in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you book a trip featuring such hot spots as Clingmans Dome or Cades Cove, you’ll want to head out as early as possible; these areas can grow incredibly crowded during the afternoon, particularly during the summer and the peak of fall colors. -Like any outdoor experience, trips are somewhat dependent on weather. If guides deem conditions dangerous, they may cancel your trip. Sometimes, however, you’ll get to choose whether to proceed. Many travelers report that hiking and auto tours are worth taking on rainy days, as precipitation limits crowds.
Smoky Mountain Guides
278 Ruth Lane
f you dream of outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains but aren’t quite sure where to start, you’re the perfect candidate for a half, full-day, or multi-day expedition with Smoky Mountain Guides. This popular, local tour company plans and facilitates small group trips that expose travelers and locals alike to the best experiences of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Trip leaders are knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. They’re determined to coax you out of your comfort zone without ever making you feel frightened or vulnerable. They love swapping travel stories and can provide excellent suggestions for local sites to check out after your guided tour. Some of the profits from Smoky Mountain trips go towards a great cause: Camp Exodus. Designed specifically for those in poverty or otherwise in need, Camp Exodus provides outdoor experiences for people who might otherwise miss out on the wonders of the Smoky Mountains. Insider Tips: -While several trips emphasize hidden gems, some also take you to top attractions in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. If you book a trip featuring such hot spots as Clingmans Dome or Cades Cove, you’ll want to head out as early as possible; these areas can grow incredibly crowded during the afternoon, particularly during the summer and the peak of fall colors. -Like any outdoor experience, trips are somewhat dependent on weather. If guides deem conditions dangerous, they may cancel your trip. Sometimes, however, you’ll get to choose whether to proceed. Many travelers report that hiking and auto tours are worth taking on rainy days, as precipitation limits crowds.
Credited as the highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome sits at 6,643 feet above sea level. It’s the third tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can travel along the seven-mile stretch of Clingmans Dome Road to Visitors Center and trailhead that leads to the summit’s observation tower. Along Clingmans Dome Road are several scenic areas with pullouts that allow for photo opportunities of the Smoky Mountain range. The seven miles of winding road offer views of nature ranging from mountain valleys to sculpted ridges and a variety of woodland. The road closes from December 1 through March 31 (and during inclement weather); although Clingmans Dome and the observation tower are open year-round. At the end of the twisting road are a large parking area and the Visitors Center. Restrooms are available. From this parking area, follow the half-mile trail to the Clingmans Dome summit and its observation tower for one of the best views in the park. The paved trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the very steep incline may be challenging for some—there are several benches along the trail for resting. Several trailheads also start on Clingmans Dome Road, including the Forney Ridge Trail, the Noland Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail (AT), which marks its highest point where the AT crosses Clingmans Dome. There is a short half-mile hike to the summit of Clingmans Dome. However, due to the steep gradient, the brief hike may not be suitable for the young children and the elderly. At the summit, there is a 360 degree observation platform that provides visitors with 100-mile views on clear days! Insider tip: Go early—plan to arrive at the parking area about 8 a.m. in order to find good parking. After 10 a.m., the parking lot gets busy and cars often park along the roadway. Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Temperatures at the highest point in Tennessee can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than the lowland areas.
Clingmans Dome Road
Credited as the highest point in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome sits at 6,643 feet above sea level. It’s the third tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can travel along the seven-mile stretch of Clingmans Dome Road to Visitors Center and trailhead that leads to the summit’s observation tower. Along Clingmans Dome Road are several scenic areas with pullouts that allow for photo opportunities of the Smoky Mountain range. The seven miles of winding road offer views of nature ranging from mountain valleys to sculpted ridges and a variety of woodland. The road closes from December 1 through March 31 (and during inclement weather); although Clingmans Dome and the observation tower are open year-round. At the end of the twisting road are a large parking area and the Visitors Center. Restrooms are available. From this parking area, follow the half-mile trail to the Clingmans Dome summit and its observation tower for one of the best views in the park. The paved trail is wheelchair and stroller accessible, but the very steep incline may be challenging for some—there are several benches along the trail for resting. Several trailheads also start on Clingmans Dome Road, including the Forney Ridge Trail, the Noland Divide Trail and the Appalachian Trail (AT), which marks its highest point where the AT crosses Clingmans Dome. There is a short half-mile hike to the summit of Clingmans Dome. However, due to the steep gradient, the brief hike may not be suitable for the young children and the elderly. At the summit, there is a 360 degree observation platform that provides visitors with 100-mile views on clear days! Insider tip: Go early—plan to arrive at the parking area about 8 a.m. in order to find good parking. After 10 a.m., the parking lot gets busy and cars often park along the roadway. Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Temperatures at the highest point in Tennessee can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than the lowland areas.
Horseback Riding at Cades Cove Are you looking for an opportunity to escape the crowds of Cades Cove and get closer to nature? Horseback riding at the Cades Cove Riding Stables is the perfect option! Each trail ride, which last approximately one hour, is an intimate group of nine or less riders. The small group creates a family-like experience and increases the chance of viewing Cades Cove wildlife in its natural habitat. All rides are guided by an equestrian and area expert that narrates the adventure. The horses, which are trained not to gallop, provide a docile ride that is appropriate for children (6+ years) and inexperienced riders. Even if you have never ridden a horse before, the gentle horses, slow pace, and expert guides are sure to make your feel comfortable. Prior to the beginning of your trail ride, the guide will provide a thorough orientation and answer any questions you might have. During the ride, you will enter an old growth forest and will likely encounter wildlife. Keep your eyes open – it is not uncommon to see turkeys, deer, bears, groundhogs, and other wildlife! On the guided tour, you will also visit historic structures, experience immersive mountain views, pass mountain streams, and discover the peace of the surrounding mountains and this special area. The guided horseback tour is operated by an officially licensed National Park Service Concessioner daily between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm from early March to late November. Although the wait times can be lengthy on peak days, the concessioner does not accept reservations. The meeting spot and stables are located near the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop by the Cades Cove Campground.
Cades Cove Stable Access
Horseback Riding at Cades Cove Are you looking for an opportunity to escape the crowds of Cades Cove and get closer to nature? Horseback riding at the Cades Cove Riding Stables is the perfect option! Each trail ride, which last approximately one hour, is an intimate group of nine or less riders. The small group creates a family-like experience and increases the chance of viewing Cades Cove wildlife in its natural habitat. All rides are guided by an equestrian and area expert that narrates the adventure. The horses, which are trained not to gallop, provide a docile ride that is appropriate for children (6+ years) and inexperienced riders. Even if you have never ridden a horse before, the gentle horses, slow pace, and expert guides are sure to make your feel comfortable. Prior to the beginning of your trail ride, the guide will provide a thorough orientation and answer any questions you might have. During the ride, you will enter an old growth forest and will likely encounter wildlife. Keep your eyes open – it is not uncommon to see turkeys, deer, bears, groundhogs, and other wildlife! On the guided tour, you will also visit historic structures, experience immersive mountain views, pass mountain streams, and discover the peace of the surrounding mountains and this special area. The guided horseback tour is operated by an officially licensed National Park Service Concessioner daily between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm from early March to late November. Although the wait times can be lengthy on peak days, the concessioner does not accept reservations. The meeting spot and stables are located near the entrance to the Cades Cove Loop by the Cades Cove Campground.
The Sinks area of the Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most picturesque spots along the Little River Road scenic drive. This area, which is 12 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center, offers visitors the chance to see Mother Nature at her finest! The Sinks formed where a beautiful mountain river makes an S-turn creating natural pools that are outlined on both sides by humongous river boulders. The crystal clear water, natural pools, and waterfall make this an excellent spot to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Although this is a popular swimming hole and jumping spot on hot summer days, please be aware that this exact spot has been the location of multiple drowning and many serious injuries. We strongly advise against swimming here and recommend the calm and shallow Greenbrier section of the National Park instead. Directions: From downtown Gatlinburg, drive into the National Park. Immediately after passing the Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn right on Little River Road. The parking area for The Sinks is approximately 12 miles west of the visitor center on the left side of Little River Road. Insider Tips: -Do not make the mistake of underestimating the danger of this beautiful natural pool and waterfall area. There have been serious injuries and deaths at this popular National Park spot due to the strong undertow and currents around the falls. While swimming among the natural beauty of the mountains is tempting, it is imperative to pick a safe place without strong currents. At least seven deaths have occurred here since 1971. -The parking area is extremely limited and fills up fast during peak times! We recommend getting there early to find a spot.
The Sinks
The Sinks area of the Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most picturesque spots along the Little River Road scenic drive. This area, which is 12 miles west of the Sugarlands Visitor Center, offers visitors the chance to see Mother Nature at her finest! The Sinks formed where a beautiful mountain river makes an S-turn creating natural pools that are outlined on both sides by humongous river boulders. The crystal clear water, natural pools, and waterfall make this an excellent spot to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Although this is a popular swimming hole and jumping spot on hot summer days, please be aware that this exact spot has been the location of multiple drowning and many serious injuries. We strongly advise against swimming here and recommend the calm and shallow Greenbrier section of the National Park instead. Directions: From downtown Gatlinburg, drive into the National Park. Immediately after passing the Sugarlands Visitor Center, turn right on Little River Road. The parking area for The Sinks is approximately 12 miles west of the visitor center on the left side of Little River Road. Insider Tips: -Do not make the mistake of underestimating the danger of this beautiful natural pool and waterfall area. There have been serious injuries and deaths at this popular National Park spot due to the strong undertow and currents around the falls. While swimming among the natural beauty of the mountains is tempting, it is imperative to pick a safe place without strong currents. At least seven deaths have occurred here since 1971. -The parking area is extremely limited and fills up fast during peak times! We recommend getting there early to find a spot.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad: A Relaxing Daytrip Train excursions in the nearby forests of North Carolina. The most relaxing way to explore Appalachian beauty and experience small town charms. Imagine the era when small town folks traveled by rail. The most beautiful landscapes in America can be see on this excursion. Marvel at small towns, rushing rivers, ancient mountains, and peaceful scenery. Bryson City is located on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The historic charm of this train delights all who board. Discover the transformation of mountain folks during a time when their railroads transported them from pristine wilderness to the big city. Insider Tips: While advance reservations are highly recommended, it is advisable to make these reservations within 24 hours of departure to ensure the weather will be perfect for the ride. But, do not make the long drive over to Bryson, NC without reservations. For great photos of the scenery and mountains, sit in the open air car. Make sure to board the train early to get first choice of seats.
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
45 Mitchell St
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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad: A Relaxing Daytrip Train excursions in the nearby forests of North Carolina. The most relaxing way to explore Appalachian beauty and experience small town charms. Imagine the era when small town folks traveled by rail. The most beautiful landscapes in America can be see on this excursion. Marvel at small towns, rushing rivers, ancient mountains, and peaceful scenery. Bryson City is located on the edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The historic charm of this train delights all who board. Discover the transformation of mountain folks during a time when their railroads transported them from pristine wilderness to the big city. Insider Tips: While advance reservations are highly recommended, it is advisable to make these reservations within 24 hours of departure to ensure the weather will be perfect for the ride. But, do not make the long drive over to Bryson, NC without reservations. For great photos of the scenery and mountains, sit in the open air car. Make sure to board the train early to get first choice of seats.
Ripley’s Gatlinburg Aquarium is compact, but one of the best attractions in the Smokies. The aquarium is currently ranked #1 in the country and should be on every family’s itinerary. Due to its popularity, the Gatlinburg aquarium is most enjoyable on non-peak days and hours. However, if you must visit on the weekend, visit after dinner for minimal crowds. Insider Tip: Instead of planning to visit the aquarium on a certain day of your vacation, save it for a rainy day.
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!
601 East Palace Parkway
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Ripley’s Gatlinburg Aquarium is compact, but one of the best attractions in the Smokies. The aquarium is currently ranked #1 in the country and should be on every family’s itinerary. Due to its popularity, the Gatlinburg aquarium is most enjoyable on non-peak days and hours. However, if you must visit on the weekend, visit after dinner for minimal crowds. Insider Tip: Instead of planning to visit the aquarium on a certain day of your vacation, save it for a rainy day.
Boasting a long history of excitement and a bright future, the Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of Gatlinburg's premier attractions. This beloved chairlift and its associated activities make it easy to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains from the best possible vantage point. The view from the SkyDeck and the SkyBridge on top of Crockett Mountain is absolutely incredible! Not to mention, you will have boasting rights after walking the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. This attraction is not to be missed! Insider Tips: -Many visitors find that one ride on the SkyLift just isn’t enough. The park offers all-day passes, which allow you and your loved ones to enjoy all it has to offer at your own pace. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to get off and change seats between rides if you plan to take the chairlift multiple times in a row. -While the views offered from the SkyLift are stunning any time of day, they are uniquely impressive at night. After the sun goes down, Gatlinburg lights up, and, as you depart, you’ll enjoy a charming view of the Parkway’s hustle and bustle. -Designated parking is not available at the base of the SkyLift. However, two public lots are located within walking distance of the ride’s entrance. Metered parking can also sometimes be found on River Road. The chairlift’s base is accessible from the town’s trolley, which traverses between several main attractions and charges just 50 cents per ride. -Military and local resident discounts are available for the SkyLift, although riders looking to take advantage of these discounts will need to provide ID or proof of residence. -Infants and small children are welcome on the SkyLift, but strollers must be left at the attraction’s base in Gatlinburg. Young children should ride on their parent’s lap to ensure safety.
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Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
765 Parkway
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Boasting a long history of excitement and a bright future, the Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of Gatlinburg's premier attractions. This beloved chairlift and its associated activities make it easy to experience the beauty of the Smoky Mountains from the best possible vantage point. The view from the SkyDeck and the SkyBridge on top of Crockett Mountain is absolutely incredible! Not to mention, you will have boasting rights after walking the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. This attraction is not to be missed! Insider Tips: -Many visitors find that one ride on the SkyLift just isn’t enough. The park offers all-day passes, which allow you and your loved ones to enjoy all it has to offer at your own pace. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to get off and change seats between rides if you plan to take the chairlift multiple times in a row. -While the views offered from the SkyLift are stunning any time of day, they are uniquely impressive at night. After the sun goes down, Gatlinburg lights up, and, as you depart, you’ll enjoy a charming view of the Parkway’s hustle and bustle. -Designated parking is not available at the base of the SkyLift. However, two public lots are located within walking distance of the ride’s entrance. Metered parking can also sometimes be found on River Road. The chairlift’s base is accessible from the town’s trolley, which traverses between several main attractions and charges just 50 cents per ride. -Military and local resident discounts are available for the SkyLift, although riders looking to take advantage of these discounts will need to provide ID or proof of residence. -Infants and small children are welcome on the SkyLift, but strollers must be left at the attraction’s base in Gatlinburg. Young children should ride on their parent’s lap to ensure safety.
Ober Gatlinburg, which initially opened over 50 years ago, is a popular mountaintop destination complete with an aerial tramway, alpine slide, ski slopes, amusement park, ice skating, wildlife, and much more. The wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities has continued to make Ober Gatlinburg popular with visitors in spite of its somewhat outdated appearance. The majority of the attractions range in price from $4.00 to $20.00 or you can buy an unlimited wristband for the day. If you can get past the 1970s appearance, the following activities are fun for families: Aerial Tramway: The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway has a station located in downtown Gatlinburg at Traffic Light #9 and a second station located on the peak of Mount Harrison. The tram, which is the largest aerial tramway in the United States, transports approximately 8 million visitors each year between downtown Gatlinburg and Ober Gatlinburg. Snow Skiing (winter only): The nine trails at Ober Gatlinburg are considered by many to be the best skiing in the Southeast. Whether you are beginner level or have been skiing for years, Ober Gatlinburg has a slope that is perfect for you! With state-of-the-art snowmaking machines and 100% snowmaking capabilities, you won’t be at the mercy of Mother Nature. Tubing (winter only): Are you looking for a great winter activity, but don’t know how to ski or have young children that want to participate? Snow tubing is the perfect option for you! Children (3+) and adults alike are sure to enjoy the 300′ long tubing park with an exciting 50′ drop! Alpine Slide: Are you ready for all of the thrills of bobsledding in any season? If so, the 1,800’ Alpine Slide is sure to please. Visitors are treated to spectacular views of the surroundings Smoky Mountains as they scream down parallel 1,800’ tracks. Scenic Chairlift: The chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg runs year-around and provides outrageous views of the surrounding mountains. In addition to the incredible scenery, a Bluegrass band performs daily between Memorial Day and Thanksgiving at the top of the chairlift. Wildlife Encounter: If you and your family want to finally get a glimpse of that elusive black bear, Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter provides the perfect opportunity. You are guaranteed to spot the Smoky Mountains’ most famous resident here! The encounter is complete with bear cubs, river otters, flying squirrels, turtles, raccoons, snakes, and birds of prey. Ice Skating: Ober Gatlinburg’s 140’ by 75’ indoor ice skating arena is open year around and located within the huge Ober Gatlinburg mall at the summit. Don’t have your own pair of skates? No worries. The rink has over 400 pairs available for guests. Blue Cyclone Rapids: Hop on your raft and get ready for a 60’ drop that will rapidly accelerate you to speeds in excess of 30 mph. This 600’ long fully-enclosed ride pulls 2.9 G’s and keeps thrill seekers happy. Ski Mountain Coaster: Race down the mountain on the Ski Mountain Coaster! This adventure lasts over 5 minutes and promises an exciting journey as you twist and turn through the lush foliage. Insider Tips: If the $15 per person to ride the aerial tramway to Ober Gatlinburg (roundtrip) seems too expensive, avoid the charges by driving up. Drive past the downtown aerial tramway station to Parkway Light #10 and turn on to Ski Mountain Road. Stay on Ski Mountain Road for approximately 3 miles and it will dead-end at Ober Gatlinburg. Parking will set you back $8 per vehicle and is limited.
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Ober Gatlinburg
1339 Ski Mountain Rd
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Ober Gatlinburg, which initially opened over 50 years ago, is a popular mountaintop destination complete with an aerial tramway, alpine slide, ski slopes, amusement park, ice skating, wildlife, and much more. The wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities has continued to make Ober Gatlinburg popular with visitors in spite of its somewhat outdated appearance. The majority of the attractions range in price from $4.00 to $20.00 or you can buy an unlimited wristband for the day. If you can get past the 1970s appearance, the following activities are fun for families: Aerial Tramway: The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway has a station located in downtown Gatlinburg at Traffic Light #9 and a second station located on the peak of Mount Harrison. The tram, which is the largest aerial tramway in the United States, transports approximately 8 million visitors each year between downtown Gatlinburg and Ober Gatlinburg. Snow Skiing (winter only): The nine trails at Ober Gatlinburg are considered by many to be the best skiing in the Southeast. Whether you are beginner level or have been skiing for years, Ober Gatlinburg has a slope that is perfect for you! With state-of-the-art snowmaking machines and 100% snowmaking capabilities, you won’t be at the mercy of Mother Nature. Tubing (winter only): Are you looking for a great winter activity, but don’t know how to ski or have young children that want to participate? Snow tubing is the perfect option for you! Children (3+) and adults alike are sure to enjoy the 300′ long tubing park with an exciting 50′ drop! Alpine Slide: Are you ready for all of the thrills of bobsledding in any season? If so, the 1,800’ Alpine Slide is sure to please. Visitors are treated to spectacular views of the surroundings Smoky Mountains as they scream down parallel 1,800’ tracks. Scenic Chairlift: The chairlift at Ober Gatlinburg runs year-around and provides outrageous views of the surrounding mountains. In addition to the incredible scenery, a Bluegrass band performs daily between Memorial Day and Thanksgiving at the top of the chairlift. Wildlife Encounter: If you and your family want to finally get a glimpse of that elusive black bear, Ober Gatlinburg’s Wildlife Encounter provides the perfect opportunity. You are guaranteed to spot the Smoky Mountains’ most famous resident here! The encounter is complete with bear cubs, river otters, flying squirrels, turtles, raccoons, snakes, and birds of prey. Ice Skating: Ober Gatlinburg’s 140’ by 75’ indoor ice skating arena is open year around and located within the huge Ober Gatlinburg mall at the summit. Don’t have your own pair of skates? No worries. The rink has over 400 pairs available for guests. Blue Cyclone Rapids: Hop on your raft and get ready for a 60’ drop that will rapidly accelerate you to speeds in excess of 30 mph. This 600’ long fully-enclosed ride pulls 2.9 G’s and keeps thrill seekers happy. Ski Mountain Coaster: Race down the mountain on the Ski Mountain Coaster! This adventure lasts over 5 minutes and promises an exciting journey as you twist and turn through the lush foliage. Insider Tips: If the $15 per person to ride the aerial tramway to Ober Gatlinburg (roundtrip) seems too expensive, avoid the charges by driving up. Drive past the downtown aerial tramway station to Parkway Light #10 and turn on to Ski Mountain Road. Stay on Ski Mountain Road for approximately 3 miles and it will dead-end at Ober Gatlinburg. Parking will set you back $8 per vehicle and is limited.
Anakeesta is absolutely worth the wait in line and the price to catch these one-of-a-kind views! Whether you want to soak it all in from a suspended bridge or prefer to enjoy the view comfortably seated in an Adirondack chair, you will thank yourself for making the trip up the mountainside. The half star deduction is for small glitches in customer service that need to be worked through. Insider Tips: Although you will likely enjoy Anakeesta from your first experience up the mountain, it’s a place you’re going to want to visit time and again. Parts of the village are under construction with plans to open a restaurant, amphitheater, and single rail mountain coaster. It appears to be growing into itself with management receptive to criticism and suggestions. If you have kids with you, make sure to keep an eye (or hand) on them around the Adirondack chairs, fire pit, and the Interpretive Trail as there are no rails to protect them from falls. That said, make it a point to allow them to play in the Children’s Treehouse Village Playground where interconnected multiple bridges are designed to build strength and confidence. By the time your children are done crawling through the tube net, climbing walls and going on a bird hunt, they might just be pooped out enough to nap during the ride back down the mountain. In Gatlinburg for a family reunion or get-together with old school friends? Anakeesta offers group rates that are worth checking out.
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Anakeesta
576 Parkway
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Anakeesta is absolutely worth the wait in line and the price to catch these one-of-a-kind views! Whether you want to soak it all in from a suspended bridge or prefer to enjoy the view comfortably seated in an Adirondack chair, you will thank yourself for making the trip up the mountainside. The half star deduction is for small glitches in customer service that need to be worked through. Insider Tips: Although you will likely enjoy Anakeesta from your first experience up the mountain, it’s a place you’re going to want to visit time and again. Parts of the village are under construction with plans to open a restaurant, amphitheater, and single rail mountain coaster. It appears to be growing into itself with management receptive to criticism and suggestions. If you have kids with you, make sure to keep an eye (or hand) on them around the Adirondack chairs, fire pit, and the Interpretive Trail as there are no rails to protect them from falls. That said, make it a point to allow them to play in the Children’s Treehouse Village Playground where interconnected multiple bridges are designed to build strength and confidence. By the time your children are done crawling through the tube net, climbing walls and going on a bird hunt, they might just be pooped out enough to nap during the ride back down the mountain. In Gatlinburg for a family reunion or get-together with old school friends? Anakeesta offers group rates that are worth checking out.
Although the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a bit dated, the glass elevator and amazing views of the surrounding area is well worth the $8.50. Make sure to use your ticket for a second trip (free) within 24 hours of purchase. Although you should expect to fight the crowds during special events, the Space Needle offers unparalleled views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains. This attraction is especially incredible during the Fourth of July fireworks, Christmas parade, and several other popular events. Don’t miss the view of the city in the evening – the sparkling lights and silhouettes of the surrounding mountains are gorgeous. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! Insider Tips: A little known fact about the Gatlinburg Space Needle is that tickets are valid for a second trip within 24 hours of purchase. Now you can check out both daytime and nighttime views for no additional fees!
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Gatlinburg Space Needle
115 Historic Nature Trail
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Although the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a bit dated, the glass elevator and amazing views of the surrounding area is well worth the $8.50. Make sure to use your ticket for a second trip (free) within 24 hours of purchase. Although you should expect to fight the crowds during special events, the Space Needle offers unparalleled views of Gatlinburg and the surrounding mountains. This attraction is especially incredible during the Fourth of July fireworks, Christmas parade, and several other popular events. Don’t miss the view of the city in the evening – the sparkling lights and silhouettes of the surrounding mountains are gorgeous. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset! Insider Tips: A little known fact about the Gatlinburg Space Needle is that tickets are valid for a second trip within 24 hours of purchase. Now you can check out both daytime and nighttime views for no additional fees!
CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg is an adventure company that offers exciting experiences for thrill seekers of all stripes. The natural beauty of the Smokies takes on a fresh new face when experienced through guided activities and excursions. If you want to see the area in a new light, this attraction has you covered, whether you’re rising above the canopy to gaze down at the sights below or racing through the trees and over streams on stunning tracks that twist and loop. Insider Tips: Do make a reservation for your CLIMB Works experience, preferably a week in advance. Don’t be late! You must arrive 40 minutes before your tour to gear up and get your instructions. Pack light. Keys and small items will fit in the facility’s lockers, but large bags must stay in your car. Leave these types of items at your hotel or vacation rental instead. Read the restrictions and requirements carefully before arriving to make sure you have the proper shoes, clothing, and expectations.
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CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains - Zipline Tour
155 Branam Hollow Road
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CLIMB Works in Gatlinburg is an adventure company that offers exciting experiences for thrill seekers of all stripes. The natural beauty of the Smokies takes on a fresh new face when experienced through guided activities and excursions. If you want to see the area in a new light, this attraction has you covered, whether you’re rising above the canopy to gaze down at the sights below or racing through the trees and over streams on stunning tracks that twist and loop. Insider Tips: Do make a reservation for your CLIMB Works experience, preferably a week in advance. Don’t be late! You must arrive 40 minutes before your tour to gear up and get your instructions. Pack light. Keys and small items will fit in the facility’s lockers, but large bags must stay in your car. Leave these types of items at your hotel or vacation rental instead. Read the restrictions and requirements carefully before arriving to make sure you have the proper shoes, clothing, and expectations.
Okay, you don’t have to go fishing just to eat at English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill, but why would you want to pass up the opportunity? The “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” option allows you to catch your own fish and have the staff cook them up for you. The Farm provides the fishing poles and bait you need to get going, and pond attendants are standing by to help take your catch off the line. They’ll even help bait your hook. Once you’ve caught your dinner, choose from the lemon peppered, blackened, or fried option depending on your flavor preferences. You can also catch fish to go for just $5.25 per pound, which is practically a steal! Insider Tips: The Farm is located about 30 minutes from the Parkway in Sevierville, so you’ll need to drive on US-411 North for a bit, as though you’re headed to Forbidden Caverns. In fact, the Farm is less than one mile from Forbidden Caverns, so if you’re making the trip to the Farm, be sure to stop by the underground cave for an unforgettable tour under the Smokies. You do have the option to catch and release. For families wanting their children to experience fishing for the first time, but who may not want to eat at the grill, you’re more than welcome to fish and throw back anything you catch. Avid fishermen may want to look elsewhere for a nice fishing spot. The Farm’s pond is small and made of concrete, which is ideal for families with small children. While the trout is fresh, it isn’t the best experience for someone who’s accustomed to hooking their catch directly from the creek. Bring bug spray. The flies and mosquitos can get particularly bad at this location, and many visitors have reported insect bites. Keep the spray handy and you won’t have to worry about being bitten during dinner. If you’re looking to save money, skip the fishing part of the experience and just buy a trout dinner. Fishing for your own trout costs $5 on top of the meal, so the bill can add up quickly. Credit cards are not accepted, so remember to bring your own cash, or be prepared to make a withdrawal from the Farm’s recently installed cash machine.
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English Mountain Trout Farm
291 Blowing Cave Road
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Okay, you don’t have to go fishing just to eat at English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill, but why would you want to pass up the opportunity? The “You Hook ‘Em, We Cook ‘Em” option allows you to catch your own fish and have the staff cook them up for you. The Farm provides the fishing poles and bait you need to get going, and pond attendants are standing by to help take your catch off the line. They’ll even help bait your hook. Once you’ve caught your dinner, choose from the lemon peppered, blackened, or fried option depending on your flavor preferences. You can also catch fish to go for just $5.25 per pound, which is practically a steal! Insider Tips: The Farm is located about 30 minutes from the Parkway in Sevierville, so you’ll need to drive on US-411 North for a bit, as though you’re headed to Forbidden Caverns. In fact, the Farm is less than one mile from Forbidden Caverns, so if you’re making the trip to the Farm, be sure to stop by the underground cave for an unforgettable tour under the Smokies. You do have the option to catch and release. For families wanting their children to experience fishing for the first time, but who may not want to eat at the grill, you’re more than welcome to fish and throw back anything you catch. Avid fishermen may want to look elsewhere for a nice fishing spot. The Farm’s pond is small and made of concrete, which is ideal for families with small children. While the trout is fresh, it isn’t the best experience for someone who’s accustomed to hooking their catch directly from the creek. Bring bug spray. The flies and mosquitos can get particularly bad at this location, and many visitors have reported insect bites. Keep the spray handy and you won’t have to worry about being bitten during dinner. If you’re looking to save money, skip the fishing part of the experience and just buy a trout dinner. Fishing for your own trout costs $5 on top of the meal, so the bill can add up quickly. Credit cards are not accepted, so remember to bring your own cash, or be prepared to make a withdrawal from the Farm’s recently installed cash machine.
Food scene
Ole Smokey moonshine is made in house and working still is visible for anyone who likes to see moonshine being made. They offer samples of our moonshine to make sure you like it before you buy it. Some of our products they offer are our Original Moonshine as well as White Lightnin, Moonshine Cherries, Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peach, Hunch Punch, Blue Flame, and several seasonal flavors that will change often. They also offer shirts, hats, glassware, and lots of food products such as BBQ Sauces, Salsas, Jams, Jellies, Butters, and more which are made with our shine as well. They offer live bluegrass music daily on our outdoor stage. Pull up one of our rocking chairs and sit a spell with us, and then you can take home the most authentic souvenir of the Smoky Mountains, Ole Smoky Moonshine.
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Ole Smoky Moonshine
903 Parkway
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Ole Smokey moonshine is made in house and working still is visible for anyone who likes to see moonshine being made. They offer samples of our moonshine to make sure you like it before you buy it. Some of our products they offer are our Original Moonshine as well as White Lightnin, Moonshine Cherries, Apple Pie, Blackberry, Peach, Hunch Punch, Blue Flame, and several seasonal flavors that will change often. They also offer shirts, hats, glassware, and lots of food products such as BBQ Sauces, Salsas, Jams, Jellies, Butters, and more which are made with our shine as well. They offer live bluegrass music daily on our outdoor stage. Pull up one of our rocking chairs and sit a spell with us, and then you can take home the most authentic souvenir of the Smoky Mountains, Ole Smoky Moonshine.
The Old Forge Distillery is a must-see for anyone on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail or interested in history. The distillery building is 100 years old, and it used to be a farm supply store. Today, it’s right next to the Old Mill, where grain is ground with stone. The Old Forge Distillery uses grain from the Old Mill to craft delectable alcohol using mountain water, honoring the distilling traditions that have been floating around Tennessee for generations. If you want to sample moonshine, this is the spot to do it. Do a tasting at the tasting bar when you go, because the people who work there are very knowledgable about spirits in general, and the Distillery alcohol in specific. Hear the origin stories and brewing techniques of what you’re drinking and learn what flavor notes to look for as the liquid hits your tongue. Flavored moonshine in French Toast, Coffee, and Chocolate, is also available. By the way, the Old Mill Creamery uses Old Forge Distillery moonshine in some of their treats! The interior is rustic and charming. You’re likely to see burlap sacks laid over tablecloths and a lot of wood accents and exposed beams. By the way, the moonshine for sale comes in mason jars. It’s called 1830 Original, because it uses old Tennessee moonshine recipes and techniques combined with modern knowledge. Cool, right? It’s worth buying one jar just for the novelty. If you don’t like moonshine, give it to one of your friends as a Pigeon Forge souvenir. If you’d like to take a tour, you can arrange one with the distillery ahead of time. Tastings don’t need to be pre-booked. Insider Tips: Talk to the bartender while you do your tasting, because the person behind the bar will always know their stuff. They’ll mix you a delicious drink and let you in on a few mixology secrets. If you buy some moonshine to take home, you definitely want to know how to make cocktails to impress your friends. Moonshine is just one of many spirits available here. Rum, vodka, and cream liqueur are also available. Branch out and try a few options when you visit so you can get the full effect of what the distillery has to offer.
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Old Forge Distillery
170 Old Mill Ave
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The Old Forge Distillery is a must-see for anyone on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail or interested in history. The distillery building is 100 years old, and it used to be a farm supply store. Today, it’s right next to the Old Mill, where grain is ground with stone. The Old Forge Distillery uses grain from the Old Mill to craft delectable alcohol using mountain water, honoring the distilling traditions that have been floating around Tennessee for generations. If you want to sample moonshine, this is the spot to do it. Do a tasting at the tasting bar when you go, because the people who work there are very knowledgable about spirits in general, and the Distillery alcohol in specific. Hear the origin stories and brewing techniques of what you’re drinking and learn what flavor notes to look for as the liquid hits your tongue. Flavored moonshine in French Toast, Coffee, and Chocolate, is also available. By the way, the Old Mill Creamery uses Old Forge Distillery moonshine in some of their treats! The interior is rustic and charming. You’re likely to see burlap sacks laid over tablecloths and a lot of wood accents and exposed beams. By the way, the moonshine for sale comes in mason jars. It’s called 1830 Original, because it uses old Tennessee moonshine recipes and techniques combined with modern knowledge. Cool, right? It’s worth buying one jar just for the novelty. If you don’t like moonshine, give it to one of your friends as a Pigeon Forge souvenir. If you’d like to take a tour, you can arrange one with the distillery ahead of time. Tastings don’t need to be pre-booked. Insider Tips: Talk to the bartender while you do your tasting, because the person behind the bar will always know their stuff. They’ll mix you a delicious drink and let you in on a few mixology secrets. If you buy some moonshine to take home, you definitely want to know how to make cocktails to impress your friends. Moonshine is just one of many spirits available here. Rum, vodka, and cream liqueur are also available. Branch out and try a few options when you visit so you can get the full effect of what the distillery has to offer.
The Old Mill Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the Smokies. Expect to wait up to 90 minutes and then be served more comfort food than you could possibly eat. Although the prices may look a little steep, remember they include ‘fixins,’ drinks, and even a homemade dessert. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Insider Tips: If you don’t have a big appetite, you can split an entrée and pay a little extra for two sets of ‘fixins.’
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The Old Mill Restaurant
164 Old Mill Avenue
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The Old Mill Restaurant is one of the most popular restaurants in the Smokies. Expect to wait up to 90 minutes and then be served more comfort food than you could possibly eat. Although the prices may look a little steep, remember they include ‘fixins,’ drinks, and even a homemade dessert. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Insider Tips: If you don’t have a big appetite, you can split an entrée and pay a little extra for two sets of ‘fixins.’
The Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon offers steaks cooked over oak chips that provide a little taste of Texas. Soups, salads, gravies, and bread are all made in-house for the perfect side to a New York strip or filet mignon, and the award-winning apple crisp is to die for. To avoid a long wait, advance reservations are highly recommended. Insider Tips Weekend reservations come highly recommended to avoid a long wait and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. If you’re unable to make dinner reservations, head over to the Alamo Steakhouse around 3 p.m. The restaurant changes over from the lunch to dinner menu at this time of day, and there are usually fewer customers. Even with great reviews on Yelp, note that you may want to ask for your steak one level rarer than normal. Some patrons cite an overcooked steak to their liking. When in doubt, opt for medium-rare instead of medium.
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Alamo Steak House
3050 Parkway
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The Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon offers steaks cooked over oak chips that provide a little taste of Texas. Soups, salads, gravies, and bread are all made in-house for the perfect side to a New York strip or filet mignon, and the award-winning apple crisp is to die for. To avoid a long wait, advance reservations are highly recommended. Insider Tips Weekend reservations come highly recommended to avoid a long wait and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. If you’re unable to make dinner reservations, head over to the Alamo Steakhouse around 3 p.m. The restaurant changes over from the lunch to dinner menu at this time of day, and there are usually fewer customers. Even with great reviews on Yelp, note that you may want to ask for your steak one level rarer than normal. Some patrons cite an overcooked steak to their liking. When in doubt, opt for medium-rare instead of medium.
If you aren't a die-hard barbecue fan yet, you will be as soon as you sit down to a memorable meal at Boss Hogg's BBQ Shack. From pork and brisket to chicken and sausage, this legendary barbecue place has it all in a family-friendly environment just off the beaten path in Pigeon Forge. Menu Favrites: Can’t decide what to order? Take a look at some of the menu favorites at Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack: Barbecue Pork Sandwich Plate: Pigeon Forge is also known as pulled pork country, so you know Boss Hogg’s barbecue pork sandwich plate is going to be good. This meal comes with two sides, like potato salad, green beans, or a daily special. Rib Plate: Rib fans won’t want to miss this heaping plate. Choose from a half rack or a full rack of ribs and add two sides, like coleslaw and baked beans. Brisket Value Pack: The value packs at Boss Hogg’s can feed around four, so they’re perfect for families. With the brisket value pack, you’ll get a whole pound of brisket, four rolls, your choice of two sides, plenty of signature barbecue sauce, and bread for brisket sandwiches. Insider Tip: Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack is on the small side, so it can get crowded at peak lunch or dinner hours. Try grabbing a table on the breezy patio or opting for takeout instead. If you don’t feel like waiting for a table, take your order to go and enjoy it at your favorite park or at your Smoky Mountain cabin.
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Boss Hogg's BBQ
1198 Wears Valley Rd
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If you aren't a die-hard barbecue fan yet, you will be as soon as you sit down to a memorable meal at Boss Hogg's BBQ Shack. From pork and brisket to chicken and sausage, this legendary barbecue place has it all in a family-friendly environment just off the beaten path in Pigeon Forge. Menu Favrites: Can’t decide what to order? Take a look at some of the menu favorites at Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack: Barbecue Pork Sandwich Plate: Pigeon Forge is also known as pulled pork country, so you know Boss Hogg’s barbecue pork sandwich plate is going to be good. This meal comes with two sides, like potato salad, green beans, or a daily special. Rib Plate: Rib fans won’t want to miss this heaping plate. Choose from a half rack or a full rack of ribs and add two sides, like coleslaw and baked beans. Brisket Value Pack: The value packs at Boss Hogg’s can feed around four, so they’re perfect for families. With the brisket value pack, you’ll get a whole pound of brisket, four rolls, your choice of two sides, plenty of signature barbecue sauce, and bread for brisket sandwiches. Insider Tip: Boss Hogg’s BBQ Shack is on the small side, so it can get crowded at peak lunch or dinner hours. Try grabbing a table on the breezy patio or opting for takeout instead. If you don’t feel like waiting for a table, take your order to go and enjoy it at your favorite park or at your Smoky Mountain cabin.
Everything about The Pottery House Cafe and Grille exudes comfort -- from the cozy cabin-like exterior to dishes piled high with the best of Southern comfort food. Like stopping by a favorite aunt's home for a warm meal, you leave The Pottery House feeling full and cared for. Definitely worth the trip. Their impressively large menu offers something for everyone, including: Country appetizers like homemade potato chips, fried chicken livers, pimento cheese cup, spinach artichoke dip, fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, and Tennessee black bean twisters. Soups are all served with warm bread from the bakery and include tomato basil, French onion, loaded baked potato, and whatever the soup of the day may be. If you’d like, you can order your soup served in a homemade bread bowl. Quiche and salads. Choices include quiche and a house salad, quiche and strawberry spinach salad, quiche with fresh fruit, and quiche with a bowl of soup. When it comes to salads, longtime Pottery House favorites include spinach muenster, chicken almond, and the chef’s selection of the day. Combos offer match-ups like soup with a country ham sandwich, soup with a chicken salad sandwich, and soup with a pimento cheese sandwich. If you’d prefer to build a combo of your own, that’s okay too. For example, you can easily make it a strawberry spinach salad and loaded baked potato. The restaurant makes it easy for you to customize. Other options include chicken tenders, grilled chicken breast, fried catfish, grilled garden panini, shaved country ham sandwich, grilled club, cheese steak sandwich, rib eye steak sandwich (topped with peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and melted provolone cheese), roast beef sandwich, chicken salad sandwich, pulled pork barbeque sandwich, fried green tomato BLT, and a chicken quesadilla wrap. Burgers are plentiful and feature black angus, potter’s, smokehouse, and pimento burgers. Specialties include the buttermilk chicken melt, spring chicken gumbo, vegetable plate, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, praline grilled pork chops, bacon and blue chopped steak, and the Old Mill Sirloin. You can eat them as they’re served or add sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, or garlic for a small upcharge. Insider Tip: If you’re visiting the area, you might want to plan a quick trip back to your accommodations to drop off leftovers. The portions are so large it is likely someone in your party will have them.
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The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille
3341 Old Mill Street
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Everything about The Pottery House Cafe and Grille exudes comfort -- from the cozy cabin-like exterior to dishes piled high with the best of Southern comfort food. Like stopping by a favorite aunt's home for a warm meal, you leave The Pottery House feeling full and cared for. Definitely worth the trip. Their impressively large menu offers something for everyone, including: Country appetizers like homemade potato chips, fried chicken livers, pimento cheese cup, spinach artichoke dip, fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, and Tennessee black bean twisters. Soups are all served with warm bread from the bakery and include tomato basil, French onion, loaded baked potato, and whatever the soup of the day may be. If you’d like, you can order your soup served in a homemade bread bowl. Quiche and salads. Choices include quiche and a house salad, quiche and strawberry spinach salad, quiche with fresh fruit, and quiche with a bowl of soup. When it comes to salads, longtime Pottery House favorites include spinach muenster, chicken almond, and the chef’s selection of the day. Combos offer match-ups like soup with a country ham sandwich, soup with a chicken salad sandwich, and soup with a pimento cheese sandwich. If you’d prefer to build a combo of your own, that’s okay too. For example, you can easily make it a strawberry spinach salad and loaded baked potato. The restaurant makes it easy for you to customize. Other options include chicken tenders, grilled chicken breast, fried catfish, grilled garden panini, shaved country ham sandwich, grilled club, cheese steak sandwich, rib eye steak sandwich (topped with peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and melted provolone cheese), roast beef sandwich, chicken salad sandwich, pulled pork barbeque sandwich, fried green tomato BLT, and a chicken quesadilla wrap. Burgers are plentiful and feature black angus, potter’s, smokehouse, and pimento burgers. Specialties include the buttermilk chicken melt, spring chicken gumbo, vegetable plate, shrimp and grits, grilled salmon, praline grilled pork chops, bacon and blue chopped steak, and the Old Mill Sirloin. You can eat them as they’re served or add sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, or garlic for a small upcharge. Insider Tip: If you’re visiting the area, you might want to plan a quick trip back to your accommodations to drop off leftovers. The portions are so large it is likely someone in your party will have them.
Huck Finn's Catfish is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Pigeon Forge, a mecca for southern cuisine. You'll love the catfish or the chicken, and the other seafood specialties are tasty, too. You can even order a 10-ounce steak if you're in the mood for something heavier. Try out some of these popular menu items: Bottomless Bowl of Baked White Beans & Turkey Ham: Everything listed including the cole slaw qualifies as vittles. As such, it’s free and all you can eat. Huck Finn’s Catfish offers amazing value for the price. Huck’s Made-from-Scratch Hushpuppies: You’re not seriously going to eat seafood without hushpuppies. Come on. Skin-On Homemade Mashed Taters & Gravy: Exactly what it sounds like and kind of gross to look at. It’s delicious, though. Creamy Cole Slaw with Our Secret Dressing: The secret ingredient in this dressing is presumably ambrosia. Gator Tail: East Tennessee is Volunteer Country. Gators aren’t welcome here unless we’re eating them for dinner. Grain-Fed, Pond-Raised Catfish: Few restaurants in the south take catfish as seriously as Huck Finn’s Catfish. You won’t believe how flavorful each bite is. Down Home Southern Fried Chicken: Just like granny used to make, only you can eat as much as you want and don’t have to pretend like you’re happy she gave you socks for your birthday. Huck’s Favorite Catfish & Chicken Combo: Why should you choose a protein when you can get both? Insider Tip: The restaurant doesn’t frown on sharing, especially for big groups. If, say, five of you are ordering, one of you should choose the endless plate of catfish while another can pick the chicken. Then, the others can order off the rest of the menu. You can then share bites of each other’s food. Just don’t abuse the privilege. Servers do have the right to refuse additional plate refills. It almost never comes up, though. The overwhelming majority of guests are courteous enough to appreciate what a great and thoughtful gesture this practice is.
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Huck Finn's Catfish
3330 Parkway
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Huck Finn's Catfish is one of the most highly regarded restaurants in Pigeon Forge, a mecca for southern cuisine. You'll love the catfish or the chicken, and the other seafood specialties are tasty, too. You can even order a 10-ounce steak if you're in the mood for something heavier. Try out some of these popular menu items: Bottomless Bowl of Baked White Beans & Turkey Ham: Everything listed including the cole slaw qualifies as vittles. As such, it’s free and all you can eat. Huck Finn’s Catfish offers amazing value for the price. Huck’s Made-from-Scratch Hushpuppies: You’re not seriously going to eat seafood without hushpuppies. Come on. Skin-On Homemade Mashed Taters & Gravy: Exactly what it sounds like and kind of gross to look at. It’s delicious, though. Creamy Cole Slaw with Our Secret Dressing: The secret ingredient in this dressing is presumably ambrosia. Gator Tail: East Tennessee is Volunteer Country. Gators aren’t welcome here unless we’re eating them for dinner. Grain-Fed, Pond-Raised Catfish: Few restaurants in the south take catfish as seriously as Huck Finn’s Catfish. You won’t believe how flavorful each bite is. Down Home Southern Fried Chicken: Just like granny used to make, only you can eat as much as you want and don’t have to pretend like you’re happy she gave you socks for your birthday. Huck’s Favorite Catfish & Chicken Combo: Why should you choose a protein when you can get both? Insider Tip: The restaurant doesn’t frown on sharing, especially for big groups. If, say, five of you are ordering, one of you should choose the endless plate of catfish while another can pick the chicken. Then, the others can order off the rest of the menu. You can then share bites of each other’s food. Just don’t abuse the privilege. Servers do have the right to refuse additional plate refills. It almost never comes up, though. The overwhelming majority of guests are courteous enough to appreciate what a great and thoughtful gesture this practice is.
Mel's Classic Diner has been in business for as long as it has because the owners, cooks, and service staff know how to go above and beyond. They create a nostalgic experience for everyone coupled with amazing eats, tasty treats, and a retro ambience that's unlike anything else in the Smoky Mountains. Menu Favorites: Specialty Burgers: Mel’s burgers are famous in these parts, so when you have a hankering for a cheeseburger, this diner has you covered. The burger menu consists of apt names like the Ritchie Valen’s Jalapeno Cheeseburger, the Big Bopper Bacon Cheeseburger, and Marilyn’s Mushroom Cheeseburger. Every burger comes with your choice of chips, fries, pasta salad, or potato salad, and you can choose from American, Swiss, or cheddar cheese. Dawn’s Pulled Pork Barbecue: If you prefer to sample some home cooking, Mel’s Classic Diner offers pulled pork barbecue that’s been slow-roasted for 14 hours. Big Daddy’s Gut Buster Breakfast: As for breakfast options, Mel’s Classic Diner serves golden-brown pancakes, biscuits and gravy, French toast, and other popular options. Try the Big Daddy’s Gut Buster Breakfast with eggs, hash browns or grits, a short stack or biscuits, and country fried steak or ham if you’re feeling hungry. Insider Tips: With the restaurant’s generous food portions, you may not have room to sample the desserts. To make the most of the six-scoop banana split, bring a friend for a late-night dessert. The diner is open until 1 a.m., which makes it the perfect spot to satisfy the need for a midnight snack. Check out the diner’s website for the latest coupons. Most of the time, you can save up to 10 percent off your bill simply by snagging the coupon code before visiting.
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Mel's Classic Diner
119 Wears Valley Road
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Mel's Classic Diner has been in business for as long as it has because the owners, cooks, and service staff know how to go above and beyond. They create a nostalgic experience for everyone coupled with amazing eats, tasty treats, and a retro ambience that's unlike anything else in the Smoky Mountains. Menu Favorites: Specialty Burgers: Mel’s burgers are famous in these parts, so when you have a hankering for a cheeseburger, this diner has you covered. The burger menu consists of apt names like the Ritchie Valen’s Jalapeno Cheeseburger, the Big Bopper Bacon Cheeseburger, and Marilyn’s Mushroom Cheeseburger. Every burger comes with your choice of chips, fries, pasta salad, or potato salad, and you can choose from American, Swiss, or cheddar cheese. Dawn’s Pulled Pork Barbecue: If you prefer to sample some home cooking, Mel’s Classic Diner offers pulled pork barbecue that’s been slow-roasted for 14 hours. Big Daddy’s Gut Buster Breakfast: As for breakfast options, Mel’s Classic Diner serves golden-brown pancakes, biscuits and gravy, French toast, and other popular options. Try the Big Daddy’s Gut Buster Breakfast with eggs, hash browns or grits, a short stack or biscuits, and country fried steak or ham if you’re feeling hungry. Insider Tips: With the restaurant’s generous food portions, you may not have room to sample the desserts. To make the most of the six-scoop banana split, bring a friend for a late-night dessert. The diner is open until 1 a.m., which makes it the perfect spot to satisfy the need for a midnight snack. Check out the diner’s website for the latest coupons. Most of the time, you can save up to 10 percent off your bill simply by snagging the coupon code before visiting.
apanese restaurants are hard to come by in Pigeon Forge, but Little Tokyo fills every guest's need for fresh sushi and tasty hibachi favorites. Despite its hole-in-the-wall façade, this little eatery knows how to serve up Asian flavors right! Best of all, the portions are huge, so if you leave Little Tokyo hungry, it's certainly not the staff's fault. Menu Favorites: Little Tokyo’s extensive menu includes classics such as hibachi chicken, hibachi shrimp and scallops, and other combinations, so you can’t go wrong with ordering your favorite. One of the real stars of this restaurant, however, is the Little Tokyo Special, which consists of filet mignon, chicken, and shrimp prepared with the chef’s special sauce. Another great option is the Samurai Dinner, a combination of filet mignon, lobster, and shrimp. But if these specials are too heavy on your budget, even a single-protein menu item is guaranteed to please. As for sushi options, Little Tokyo offers everything from simple salmon rolls to ruby rolls. If sitting at the sushi bar, the chefs tend to be friendly and aren’t afraid to interact with customers while crafting their favorite rolls. And what Japanese meal would be complete without hot sake? Little Tokyo serves $5 Ozeki hot sake or $15 bottles depending on your preference. You can even enjoy Kikkoman plum wine by the glass or bottle. Insider Tips Little Tokyo is centrally located off the Parkway on Teaser Lane at the end of a small shopping center. Visitors can also access it from the Parkway by turning into Bullfish Grill and driving past the seafood restaurant’s parking lot. Save money by visiting Little Tokyo during lunch hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can order the same menu item for up to $4 less and still get the soup, salad, vegetables, and fried rice that comes along with the entrée. Dinner specials, including the Little Tokyo Special, are only available after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and after 3 p.m. on weekends. Little Tokyo also offers an Early Bird Special on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Coming early can also help you avoid lengthy wait times, especially during peak tourist season.
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Little Tokyo Restaurant
2430 Teaster Ln
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apanese restaurants are hard to come by in Pigeon Forge, but Little Tokyo fills every guest's need for fresh sushi and tasty hibachi favorites. Despite its hole-in-the-wall façade, this little eatery knows how to serve up Asian flavors right! Best of all, the portions are huge, so if you leave Little Tokyo hungry, it's certainly not the staff's fault. Menu Favorites: Little Tokyo’s extensive menu includes classics such as hibachi chicken, hibachi shrimp and scallops, and other combinations, so you can’t go wrong with ordering your favorite. One of the real stars of this restaurant, however, is the Little Tokyo Special, which consists of filet mignon, chicken, and shrimp prepared with the chef’s special sauce. Another great option is the Samurai Dinner, a combination of filet mignon, lobster, and shrimp. But if these specials are too heavy on your budget, even a single-protein menu item is guaranteed to please. As for sushi options, Little Tokyo offers everything from simple salmon rolls to ruby rolls. If sitting at the sushi bar, the chefs tend to be friendly and aren’t afraid to interact with customers while crafting their favorite rolls. And what Japanese meal would be complete without hot sake? Little Tokyo serves $5 Ozeki hot sake or $15 bottles depending on your preference. You can even enjoy Kikkoman plum wine by the glass or bottle. Insider Tips Little Tokyo is centrally located off the Parkway on Teaser Lane at the end of a small shopping center. Visitors can also access it from the Parkway by turning into Bullfish Grill and driving past the seafood restaurant’s parking lot. Save money by visiting Little Tokyo during lunch hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can order the same menu item for up to $4 less and still get the soup, salad, vegetables, and fried rice that comes along with the entrée. Dinner specials, including the Little Tokyo Special, are only available after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and after 3 p.m. on weekends. Little Tokyo also offers an Early Bird Special on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Coming early can also help you avoid lengthy wait times, especially during peak tourist season.
Local Goat New American Restaurant is somewhat of an oddity in Pigeon Forge, eliminating the touristy vibe and opting for something sustainable and local. Everything from the artwork to the bread to the beer is from local makers and vendors, giving outsiders as well as residents a glimpse into Pigeon Forge's food, art, and beverage scene. From the farm to your table, the food here is of the finest quality. The beef is hand-cut by the chefs, aged for a minimum of 28 days, and never frozen. Local Goat bakes all the breads, buns, and burger rolls on-site every morning, and none of its food contains GMOs, steroids, antibiotics, or high fructose corn syrup. Taking it one step further, 99 percent of the menu is crafted in-house. When you’re in the mood for a cocktail, beer, or wine, you won’t find a better selection of craft options. Of the 24 beers on tap, 22 are from local and regional breweries. Experienced bartenders make the mixers and squeeze the juice daily for that fresh, delicious cocktail. If you love a glass of wine, Local Goat has an extensive global wine list featuring reds, whites, and blushes from California, New Zealand, and Italy. Insider Tips: If you’re 21 and in the mood, don’t miss out on the happy hour, which gets you $1 off wines and draft beers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays get you $1 off draft beers all day, Wednesdays feature $1 off all glasses of wine, and on Saturday, all bottles of wine are half-off. Local Goat has an eight-person maximum allowed at one table without reservations, so call ahead if you have a larger party.
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Local Goat- New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway
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Local Goat New American Restaurant is somewhat of an oddity in Pigeon Forge, eliminating the touristy vibe and opting for something sustainable and local. Everything from the artwork to the bread to the beer is from local makers and vendors, giving outsiders as well as residents a glimpse into Pigeon Forge's food, art, and beverage scene. From the farm to your table, the food here is of the finest quality. The beef is hand-cut by the chefs, aged for a minimum of 28 days, and never frozen. Local Goat bakes all the breads, buns, and burger rolls on-site every morning, and none of its food contains GMOs, steroids, antibiotics, or high fructose corn syrup. Taking it one step further, 99 percent of the menu is crafted in-house. When you’re in the mood for a cocktail, beer, or wine, you won’t find a better selection of craft options. Of the 24 beers on tap, 22 are from local and regional breweries. Experienced bartenders make the mixers and squeeze the juice daily for that fresh, delicious cocktail. If you love a glass of wine, Local Goat has an extensive global wine list featuring reds, whites, and blushes from California, New Zealand, and Italy. Insider Tips: If you’re 21 and in the mood, don’t miss out on the happy hour, which gets you $1 off wines and draft beers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays get you $1 off draft beers all day, Wednesdays feature $1 off all glasses of wine, and on Saturday, all bottles of wine are half-off. Local Goat has an eight-person maximum allowed at one table without reservations, so call ahead if you have a larger party.
When you want a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and a unique dining experience that's miles apart from anything else Pigeon Forge offers, check out Smokies Caribbean Cafe. With the establishment's generous use of spices, affordable prices, and welcoming atmosphere, this intimate cafe has everything you're looking for in a tropical mountain getaway. Menu Favorites: Smokies Cuban Cafe specializes in 12-inch sandwiches. The Cuban Sandwich is a customer favorite, as it offers ham, pork, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on homemade Cuban bread. You also can’t go wrong with the Roast Pork Sandwich, a familiar option made better by the Cuban spices and grilled onions. Another authentic Cuban dish is the Croquette Sandwich. Smokies Cuban Cafe makes theirs with croquettes, ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and ketchup. For dinner, order the pork dinner with rice beans and yuca fries. Yuca is a long, tuberous starchy root that’s native to South America. Its brown, fibrous skin and white interior resemble a potato, which makes it a great substitute for making french fries. You can also start your morning off right at Smokies Cuban Cafe. The restaurant breakfast sandwiches and plates are filling, but the side dishes are the real stars. Order beef or guava and cheese empanadas, yuca with garlic sauce, black beans, or tostones, which are twice-fried plantain slices. And whether you fill up on breakfast or you’re just looking for a caffeine hit, Smokies Cuban Cafe is the place to be for authentic Cuban coffee. Insider Tips Smokies Cuban Cafe is a small hole-in-the-wall eatery located in a strip mall, so it’s easy to miss when you’re driving along the Parkway. Look for the shopping center situated next to Reagan’s House of Pancakes. And don’t let the modest facade fool you. This is a quality restaurant that is truly a hidden gem in the Smokies. The cafe has recently expanded, so if you’ve dined here in the past and are afraid it might be too crowded to get a seat, it’s worth a second visit. There is now a lot more room to accommodate the large influx of diners.
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Smokies Cuban Cafe
3526 Parkway
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When you want a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and a unique dining experience that's miles apart from anything else Pigeon Forge offers, check out Smokies Caribbean Cafe. With the establishment's generous use of spices, affordable prices, and welcoming atmosphere, this intimate cafe has everything you're looking for in a tropical mountain getaway. Menu Favorites: Smokies Cuban Cafe specializes in 12-inch sandwiches. The Cuban Sandwich is a customer favorite, as it offers ham, pork, pickles, mustard, and Swiss cheese on homemade Cuban bread. You also can’t go wrong with the Roast Pork Sandwich, a familiar option made better by the Cuban spices and grilled onions. Another authentic Cuban dish is the Croquette Sandwich. Smokies Cuban Cafe makes theirs with croquettes, ham, pork, Swiss cheese, mayonnaise, and ketchup. For dinner, order the pork dinner with rice beans and yuca fries. Yuca is a long, tuberous starchy root that’s native to South America. Its brown, fibrous skin and white interior resemble a potato, which makes it a great substitute for making french fries. You can also start your morning off right at Smokies Cuban Cafe. The restaurant breakfast sandwiches and plates are filling, but the side dishes are the real stars. Order beef or guava and cheese empanadas, yuca with garlic sauce, black beans, or tostones, which are twice-fried plantain slices. And whether you fill up on breakfast or you’re just looking for a caffeine hit, Smokies Cuban Cafe is the place to be for authentic Cuban coffee. Insider Tips Smokies Cuban Cafe is a small hole-in-the-wall eatery located in a strip mall, so it’s easy to miss when you’re driving along the Parkway. Look for the shopping center situated next to Reagan’s House of Pancakes. And don’t let the modest facade fool you. This is a quality restaurant that is truly a hidden gem in the Smokies. The cafe has recently expanded, so if you’ve dined here in the past and are afraid it might be too crowded to get a seat, it’s worth a second visit. There is now a lot more room to accommodate the large influx of diners.
The Donut Friar, which is tucked away in The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg, is an affordable treat worthy of your visit. This small donut shop has been faithfully serving tourists and locals since 1969 and has a loyal following. While your body may not thank you for these delectable fat pills, your mouth definitely will. Since the staff starts making donuts from scratch long before the 5:00 AM daily opening, don’t be surprised if a strong aroma supernaturally pulls you into this tiny shop. Once you see bakery cases filled with homemade goodness, you will be rendered helpless. The wide variety of donuts, which range from $0.97 to $1.14 each, are made on-site each morning. Some of my favorite baked goods include the traditional glazed donuts, crullers, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, and of course their world-famous cinnamon bread. Insider Tips: Go early in the morning (before 9:00 AM) and you can park on the Parkway for free.
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Donut Friar
634 Parkway
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The Donut Friar, which is tucked away in The Village Shops in downtown Gatlinburg, is an affordable treat worthy of your visit. This small donut shop has been faithfully serving tourists and locals since 1969 and has a loyal following. While your body may not thank you for these delectable fat pills, your mouth definitely will. Since the staff starts making donuts from scratch long before the 5:00 AM daily opening, don’t be surprised if a strong aroma supernaturally pulls you into this tiny shop. Once you see bakery cases filled with homemade goodness, you will be rendered helpless. The wide variety of donuts, which range from $0.97 to $1.14 each, are made on-site each morning. Some of my favorite baked goods include the traditional glazed donuts, crullers, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, and of course their world-famous cinnamon bread. Insider Tips: Go early in the morning (before 9:00 AM) and you can park on the Parkway for free.
Big Daddy's Pizzeria boasts fresh, homemade wood-fired pizza, baked in their one-of-a-kind brick oven – a delicious homage to the classic Italian Neapolitan roots of the pizza pie. If pizza's not your thing, they also serve delicious sandwiches and salads, as well as decadent desserts. Insider Tip: Commemorate your trip with souvenir apparel or glassware from the shop. Better yet, take home some of Big Daddy’s tasty homemade marinara sauce.
Big Daddy's Pizzeria & Arcade
3053 Parkway
Big Daddy's Pizzeria boasts fresh, homemade wood-fired pizza, baked in their one-of-a-kind brick oven – a delicious homage to the classic Italian Neapolitan roots of the pizza pie. If pizza's not your thing, they also serve delicious sandwiches and salads, as well as decadent desserts. Insider Tip: Commemorate your trip with souvenir apparel or glassware from the shop. Better yet, take home some of Big Daddy’s tasty homemade marinara sauce.
Return to a simpler time while relaxing at the counter in Gatlinburg's Glades Soda Fountain. From root beer floats to hot dogs, the tiny shop serves a variety of treats that are bound to satisfy. Take in the friendly atmosphere and the vintage decor as you enjoy a slice of the past. A few of our favorite menu items include: Root Beer Float Simple, yet satisfying, this Glades Soda Fountain staple is always refreshing on a hot summer day. The authentic recipe features real root beer — not the subpar version you’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Vanilla Malt Glades serves a variety of excellent malts, but the vanilla version is one of the most delicious. Creamy and delightful, this old-fashioned malt is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Chocolate lovers favor the shop’s chocolate malt, which is also an excellent choice. However, some vanilla enthusiasts claim that chocolate masks the malt flavor. Black and White Struggling to choose between chocolate and vanilla? Glades’ black and white soda grants you the best of both worlds. The chocolate soda includes delicious vanilla ice cream. Banana Split Get ready for a banana split like you’ve never tasted. Glades’ version features a fresh banana and real whipped cream. If you value ambience and authentic recipes, you’ll instantly fall in love with the old-fashioned desserts at Glades Soda Fountain. Stop by with loved ones to recreate a classic 1950s soda fountain experience. Insider Tips: Be prepared for a wait if you visit on a hot summer day. With just one soda jerk on duty at most times, it can take a while to prepare delicious desserts exactly to your liking. Not sure what to order? If it’s not too busy, ask the soda jerk on duty for advice. You’ll receive the perfect recommendation based on your dessert preferences. Portion sizes are generous at Glades. If you’re not hungry or trying to diet, consider splitting your soda or sundae with a friend. If you order ice cream, stick with the smallest size available.
Glades Soda Fountain
601 Glades Rd
Return to a simpler time while relaxing at the counter in Gatlinburg's Glades Soda Fountain. From root beer floats to hot dogs, the tiny shop serves a variety of treats that are bound to satisfy. Take in the friendly atmosphere and the vintage decor as you enjoy a slice of the past. A few of our favorite menu items include: Root Beer Float Simple, yet satisfying, this Glades Soda Fountain staple is always refreshing on a hot summer day. The authentic recipe features real root beer — not the subpar version you’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Vanilla Malt Glades serves a variety of excellent malts, but the vanilla version is one of the most delicious. Creamy and delightful, this old-fashioned malt is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Chocolate lovers favor the shop’s chocolate malt, which is also an excellent choice. However, some vanilla enthusiasts claim that chocolate masks the malt flavor. Black and White Struggling to choose between chocolate and vanilla? Glades’ black and white soda grants you the best of both worlds. The chocolate soda includes delicious vanilla ice cream. Banana Split Get ready for a banana split like you’ve never tasted. Glades’ version features a fresh banana and real whipped cream. If you value ambience and authentic recipes, you’ll instantly fall in love with the old-fashioned desserts at Glades Soda Fountain. Stop by with loved ones to recreate a classic 1950s soda fountain experience. Insider Tips: Be prepared for a wait if you visit on a hot summer day. With just one soda jerk on duty at most times, it can take a while to prepare delicious desserts exactly to your liking. Not sure what to order? If it’s not too busy, ask the soda jerk on duty for advice. You’ll receive the perfect recommendation based on your dessert preferences. Portion sizes are generous at Glades. If you’re not hungry or trying to diet, consider splitting your soda or sundae with a friend. If you order ice cream, stick with the smallest size available.
Entertainment and sweets abound at Gatlinburg's Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. The old-fashioned candy shop pulls taffy and dips caramel apples in-store as locals and tourists watch. You'll want to try every flavor and bring whatever you miss home in an adorably packaged box. few of our menu favorites include the following: Milk Chocolate Brown Bears Sold in an adorable box featuring industrious young bears, these chocolates remain a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Caramel treats covered in milk chocolate melt in your mouth. Taffy Watch taffy creation in action, until you succumb to the cravings Ole Smoky’s taffy puller and wrapping machine will surely produce. Set aside plenty of time to watch the cooks — decked out in white — as they load taffy onto the store’s puller and add mouthwatering flavors. Combine several of these delicious flavors to create your own unique box. Pecan Divinity It’s only appropriate that you try an old-fashioned treat in an old-fashioned candy shop. Pecan divinity is the ultimate throwback candy, and you can buy it by the box at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Caramel Apples No autumn treat compares to the homemade caramel apples at Ole Smoky, available with or without nuts. Depending on when you arrive, you can see fresh apples dipped right before your eyes. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more colorful, try one of Ole Smoky’s red candy apples — they’re almost too pretty to eat! Insider Tip: Show up while Old Smoky’s candy cooks are at work, and you just might score a free sample if you ask nicely.
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Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen
744 Parkway
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Entertainment and sweets abound at Gatlinburg's Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. The old-fashioned candy shop pulls taffy and dips caramel apples in-store as locals and tourists watch. You'll want to try every flavor and bring whatever you miss home in an adorably packaged box. few of our menu favorites include the following: Milk Chocolate Brown Bears Sold in an adorable box featuring industrious young bears, these chocolates remain a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Caramel treats covered in milk chocolate melt in your mouth. Taffy Watch taffy creation in action, until you succumb to the cravings Ole Smoky’s taffy puller and wrapping machine will surely produce. Set aside plenty of time to watch the cooks — decked out in white — as they load taffy onto the store’s puller and add mouthwatering flavors. Combine several of these delicious flavors to create your own unique box. Pecan Divinity It’s only appropriate that you try an old-fashioned treat in an old-fashioned candy shop. Pecan divinity is the ultimate throwback candy, and you can buy it by the box at Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Caramel Apples No autumn treat compares to the homemade caramel apples at Ole Smoky, available with or without nuts. Depending on when you arrive, you can see fresh apples dipped right before your eyes. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more colorful, try one of Ole Smoky’s red candy apples — they’re almost too pretty to eat! Insider Tip: Show up while Old Smoky’s candy cooks are at work, and you just might score a free sample if you ask nicely.
Famous for its steak, ribs, chicken, signature Italian dishes, and seafood, Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill serves offers fine dining and live entertainment in a single venue. They even offer a separate dining room for those interested in a quieter dining environment. Located adjacent to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill features live music in their main dining room and bar area every night of week. Guests come to hear up-and-coming singers and songwriters while enjoying selections from an extensive menu populated by southern classics. The initial lure of Crystelle Creek is, in part, it’s idyllic setting. They are nestled in the mountains, situated next to a creek, and feature well landscaped grounds (including a cool koi pond.) Once seated at your table, you may enjoy the fact that water cascades down from the roof and over the large picturesque windows. This accentuates the warm, cozy feeling of the restaurant’s interior. They’re east of town on 321 and easy to find with the lighted 150-foot tree that has become part of the Crystelle Creek’s signature out front. Insider Tips: Handicapped parking is available on the upper level. Reservations for parties of six or more are accepted by phone only. If you’re staying nearby and would prefer to pick up your order, call at least 30 minutes ahead (no delivery service available). Call ahead if you plan on catching a game on the sports porch during cool weather and they’ll make it a point to heat the porch prior to your arrival. Make sure your pet has his rabies shots before bringing him along. Restaurant staff can be a sticklers regarding that kind of thing.
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Crystelle Creek Restaurant
1654 East Pkwy
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Famous for its steak, ribs, chicken, signature Italian dishes, and seafood, Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill serves offers fine dining and live entertainment in a single venue. They even offer a separate dining room for those interested in a quieter dining environment. Located adjacent to the Smoky Mountain National Park, Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill features live music in their main dining room and bar area every night of week. Guests come to hear up-and-coming singers and songwriters while enjoying selections from an extensive menu populated by southern classics. The initial lure of Crystelle Creek is, in part, it’s idyllic setting. They are nestled in the mountains, situated next to a creek, and feature well landscaped grounds (including a cool koi pond.) Once seated at your table, you may enjoy the fact that water cascades down from the roof and over the large picturesque windows. This accentuates the warm, cozy feeling of the restaurant’s interior. They’re east of town on 321 and easy to find with the lighted 150-foot tree that has become part of the Crystelle Creek’s signature out front. Insider Tips: Handicapped parking is available on the upper level. Reservations for parties of six or more are accepted by phone only. If you’re staying nearby and would prefer to pick up your order, call at least 30 minutes ahead (no delivery service available). Call ahead if you plan on catching a game on the sports porch during cool weather and they’ll make it a point to heat the porch prior to your arrival. Make sure your pet has his rabies shots before bringing him along. Restaurant staff can be a sticklers regarding that kind of thing.
Get your elastic banded pants on! You’re going to need all the room you can spare to properly enjoy this delicious breakfast stop located in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN. From the best made-from-scratch biscuits we’ve tried on the entire strip, to inch-thick golden brown pancakes hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard pancake fanatic, the giant skillet outside isn’t compensating – they’re bragging. Here are some favorites that you’ve gotta try when you visit – The Black Bear Camp Skillet – A delicious combo featuring Pecan Smoked Bacon, generous slice of country or sugar cured ham, a large sausage link that could rival most franks, and 2 farm fresh eggs cooked up any style. Served with a side of fresh made sausage gravy, an enormous freshly made biscuit, grits (cheese, plain or brown sugar) as well as an enormous inch thick pancake and a bowl of fruit. It’s not just breakfast – it’s a feast. Postmasters Favorite – A true southern favorite. Chicken fried steak, home style sausage gravy, 2 farm fresh eggs any style. Served with a side of fresh made gravy, grits (cheese, plain or brown sugar), and that incredible inch thick pancake and fruit. Waffle of Insane Greatness – The name says it all. Really. If you love waffles, be warned – you may experience mild depression when it’s all gone. Stuffed French Toast – For those with a sweet tooth, this one is for you. A french toast extravaganza, take your pick of getting your french toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, cheese cake (yes – cheesecake), or peanut butter & jelly. Served with warm maple syrup, real whipped cream and powdered sugar. Jimmy Jose’s Scrambler – While Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp has a lot of egg dishes to choose from, this one was truly something special (if you’re a mexican fiend like me!) – 3 farm fresh eggs, scrambled with Chorizo sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cheese, refried beans, Mexican rice, sour cream and warm tortillas. If that wasn’t enough to get your whistle wet, it also comes with fresh made sweet corn pone and a choice of candied apples, fresh fruit or hash browns. Pancakes – any variety. Their pancakes are HUGE. I know we said this before, but really, I’ve never seen pancakes that thick or that fluffy before – but boy were they delicious – with or without syrup Crockett’s pancakes are a meal by themselves. We had a blast trying this restaurant, and truly find their breakfast food to be a refreshing surprise on the strip – well seasoned, made fresh – you’ll search long and hard to find a breakfast as delicious and authentic as what Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is serving up daily. Insider Tip: If you’re coming with a family that has small children, it’s really easy to eat on a budget. Get one of the 4 hungry hunters huntcamp skillets – the main course is more than enough food for an adult. It comes with a huge pancake and fruit on the side with it’s own plate – for us we found this to be enough to feed a small child (age 6 or below) no problem.
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Crockett's Breakfast Camp
1103 Parkway
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Get your elastic banded pants on! You’re going to need all the room you can spare to properly enjoy this delicious breakfast stop located in the heart of Gatlinburg, TN. From the best made-from-scratch biscuits we’ve tried on the entire strip, to inch-thick golden brown pancakes hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard pancake fanatic, the giant skillet outside isn’t compensating – they’re bragging. Here are some favorites that you’ve gotta try when you visit – The Black Bear Camp Skillet – A delicious combo featuring Pecan Smoked Bacon, generous slice of country or sugar cured ham, a large sausage link that could rival most franks, and 2 farm fresh eggs cooked up any style. Served with a side of fresh made sausage gravy, an enormous freshly made biscuit, grits (cheese, plain or brown sugar) as well as an enormous inch thick pancake and a bowl of fruit. It’s not just breakfast – it’s a feast. Postmasters Favorite – A true southern favorite. Chicken fried steak, home style sausage gravy, 2 farm fresh eggs any style. Served with a side of fresh made gravy, grits (cheese, plain or brown sugar), and that incredible inch thick pancake and fruit. Waffle of Insane Greatness – The name says it all. Really. If you love waffles, be warned – you may experience mild depression when it’s all gone. Stuffed French Toast – For those with a sweet tooth, this one is for you. A french toast extravaganza, take your pick of getting your french toast stuffed with strawberry cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, cheese cake (yes – cheesecake), or peanut butter & jelly. Served with warm maple syrup, real whipped cream and powdered sugar. Jimmy Jose’s Scrambler – While Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp has a lot of egg dishes to choose from, this one was truly something special (if you’re a mexican fiend like me!) – 3 farm fresh eggs, scrambled with Chorizo sausage, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cheese, refried beans, Mexican rice, sour cream and warm tortillas. If that wasn’t enough to get your whistle wet, it also comes with fresh made sweet corn pone and a choice of candied apples, fresh fruit or hash browns. Pancakes – any variety. Their pancakes are HUGE. I know we said this before, but really, I’ve never seen pancakes that thick or that fluffy before – but boy were they delicious – with or without syrup Crockett’s pancakes are a meal by themselves. We had a blast trying this restaurant, and truly find their breakfast food to be a refreshing surprise on the strip – well seasoned, made fresh – you’ll search long and hard to find a breakfast as delicious and authentic as what Crockett’s Breakfast Camp is serving up daily. Insider Tip: If you’re coming with a family that has small children, it’s really easy to eat on a budget. Get one of the 4 hungry hunters huntcamp skillets – the main course is more than enough food for an adult. It comes with a huge pancake and fruit on the side with it’s own plate – for us we found this to be enough to feed a small child (age 6 or below) no problem.
The Cherokee Grill in downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion or excellent dinner. Although it is difficult to find something that doesn’t taste superb, we strongly recommend the steaks and seafood. The service is second to none! ome of the menu favorites include: Fried Calamari – fresh seafood appetizer with excellent mustard and marinara sauce Spinach-Artichoke Dip – homemade dip served with fresh tortilla chips Blue Cheese Wedge Salad – huge iceberg wedge with bacon and homemade blue cheese dressing Rotisserie Chicken – Half a chicken served with seasoned rice Steaks – All of the steaks ranging from chopped steak to filet are excellent and cooked to perfection Homemade Brownie – Delicious chocolate brownie topped with ice cream and hot fudge sauce This restaurant is your chance to experience excellent service, great food, and Southern hospitality at a reasonable price. Insider Tips: For better service, ask to be seated in the main dining area (not the bar). There is free parking behind the restaurant for those who dine here.
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Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse
1002 Parkway
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The Cherokee Grill in downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect restaurant for a special occasion or excellent dinner. Although it is difficult to find something that doesn’t taste superb, we strongly recommend the steaks and seafood. The service is second to none! ome of the menu favorites include: Fried Calamari – fresh seafood appetizer with excellent mustard and marinara sauce Spinach-Artichoke Dip – homemade dip served with fresh tortilla chips Blue Cheese Wedge Salad – huge iceberg wedge with bacon and homemade blue cheese dressing Rotisserie Chicken – Half a chicken served with seasoned rice Steaks – All of the steaks ranging from chopped steak to filet are excellent and cooked to perfection Homemade Brownie – Delicious chocolate brownie topped with ice cream and hot fudge sauce This restaurant is your chance to experience excellent service, great food, and Southern hospitality at a reasonable price. Insider Tips: For better service, ask to be seated in the main dining area (not the bar). There is free parking behind the restaurant for those who dine here.
Located in Gatlinburg’s historic Arts and Crafts Community, Wild Plum Tea Room offers a rarified opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine in a homey, cabin-like venue. When naming it one of the 10 Best Restaurants in the State, The Tennessean newspaper described it as “quaint and whimsical…set off the beaten path.” Although the menu is ever-evolving, it does include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. A recent day’s menu included: Appetizers, including Hot Pimento Cheese Dip with celery and crackers, Buffalo Cauliflower with ranch or blue cheese dressing, and Baked Brie. Soup favorites like Sherried Tomato Bisque and Mediterranean Stew — a hearty combination of beef, Italian sausage, pork, cabbage, red peppers, and garbanzo beans in a port red wine sauce. They also offered a vegan bowl. Entrees included Chicken Salad with fresh fruit and a warm scone or a Wild Plum Medley. The Sandwich of the Day was Ham, Havarti Cheese, and Orange Pecan Mustard Grill. Chef Specials on this particular day were Lobster Pie — a whole claw Maine lobster in artichoke cream sauce, a touch of cayenne paper, and dried mustard, topped with a puff pastry — and their famous Bison Burger stuffed with smoked gouda cheese, garlic, and a special combination of seasonings. Other unique options included a Strata of the Day — a quiche-like bread pudding served with either fresh fruit, the soup of the day, or salad of the day – and a Wild Plum Dessert Sampler. Inside Tips: Wild Plum Tea Room is a cash-only business and does not accept credit cards. Although reservations are highly encouraged, same day reservations are not accepted. Make sure to call at least one day in advance. Wild Plum’s parking lot is relatively small. You can park in the lot across the street. Be careful walking across Buckhorn Road though as it has no sidewalks and is normally quite busy. The restaurant is not totally handicap accessible. While there is handicap parking in front and the first floor is accessible, the upstairs area and restrooms are not. Wild Plum is dog friendly with dogs welcomed on the outside porch deck. Make sure your pooch is on a leash in order to keep everyone happy.
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Wild Plum Tea Room
555 Buckhorn Road
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Located in Gatlinburg’s historic Arts and Crafts Community, Wild Plum Tea Room offers a rarified opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine in a homey, cabin-like venue. When naming it one of the 10 Best Restaurants in the State, The Tennessean newspaper described it as “quaint and whimsical…set off the beaten path.” Although the menu is ever-evolving, it does include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. A recent day’s menu included: Appetizers, including Hot Pimento Cheese Dip with celery and crackers, Buffalo Cauliflower with ranch or blue cheese dressing, and Baked Brie. Soup favorites like Sherried Tomato Bisque and Mediterranean Stew — a hearty combination of beef, Italian sausage, pork, cabbage, red peppers, and garbanzo beans in a port red wine sauce. They also offered a vegan bowl. Entrees included Chicken Salad with fresh fruit and a warm scone or a Wild Plum Medley. The Sandwich of the Day was Ham, Havarti Cheese, and Orange Pecan Mustard Grill. Chef Specials on this particular day were Lobster Pie — a whole claw Maine lobster in artichoke cream sauce, a touch of cayenne paper, and dried mustard, topped with a puff pastry — and their famous Bison Burger stuffed with smoked gouda cheese, garlic, and a special combination of seasonings. Other unique options included a Strata of the Day — a quiche-like bread pudding served with either fresh fruit, the soup of the day, or salad of the day – and a Wild Plum Dessert Sampler. Inside Tips: Wild Plum Tea Room is a cash-only business and does not accept credit cards. Although reservations are highly encouraged, same day reservations are not accepted. Make sure to call at least one day in advance. Wild Plum’s parking lot is relatively small. You can park in the lot across the street. Be careful walking across Buckhorn Road though as it has no sidewalks and is normally quite busy. The restaurant is not totally handicap accessible. While there is handicap parking in front and the first floor is accessible, the upstairs area and restrooms are not. Wild Plum is dog friendly with dogs welcomed on the outside porch deck. Make sure your pooch is on a leash in order to keep everyone happy.
Greenbrier Restaurant features an inimitable dining experience. You're stepping through time as you enter a building that pre-dates World War II. You also enjoy an intimate ambience during your meal, whether you sit near a window or by the fireplace. he Greenbrier recently relocated to a new-to-them historic stone building on Gatlinburg’s Newman Road. The new venue, complete with secluded forest views, sets the atmosphere for a beautiful dinner, whether you’re heading to the upscale bar or enjoying a meal in the dining areas. When you walk through the door, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a more refined age–where service is prized as highly as the gourmet dishes you order. Expect unparalleled warmth and culinary creativity when you visit The Greenbrier. An expansive wine list makes it possible to choose the perfect pairing alongside your meal, while thoughtfully-crafted bar drinks set a high standard for presentation. The Dylan, one of The Greenbrier’s signature cocktails, is a beautiful example of that eye for detail: cherry-infused ice balls add a special touch, as does the smoked oak plank on which the drink is served. To top it off, the design and decor of the interior dining room and bar areas are just what you’d expect of a fine dining establishment nestled in the Smoky Mountains. Insider Tips: – When possible, make a reservation for earlier in the evening rather than later; you’ll enjoy the sweeping mountain views more on your way to your seat. – Double-check the closing time before you go; The Greenbrier closes at 9 pm many nights, which comes as a surprise to many who expect a later dinner.
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The Greenbrier Restaurant
370 Newman Road
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Greenbrier Restaurant features an inimitable dining experience. You're stepping through time as you enter a building that pre-dates World War II. You also enjoy an intimate ambience during your meal, whether you sit near a window or by the fireplace. he Greenbrier recently relocated to a new-to-them historic stone building on Gatlinburg’s Newman Road. The new venue, complete with secluded forest views, sets the atmosphere for a beautiful dinner, whether you’re heading to the upscale bar or enjoying a meal in the dining areas. When you walk through the door, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a more refined age–where service is prized as highly as the gourmet dishes you order. Expect unparalleled warmth and culinary creativity when you visit The Greenbrier. An expansive wine list makes it possible to choose the perfect pairing alongside your meal, while thoughtfully-crafted bar drinks set a high standard for presentation. The Dylan, one of The Greenbrier’s signature cocktails, is a beautiful example of that eye for detail: cherry-infused ice balls add a special touch, as does the smoked oak plank on which the drink is served. To top it off, the design and decor of the interior dining room and bar areas are just what you’d expect of a fine dining establishment nestled in the Smoky Mountains. Insider Tips: – When possible, make a reservation for earlier in the evening rather than later; you’ll enjoy the sweeping mountain views more on your way to your seat. – Double-check the closing time before you go; The Greenbrier closes at 9 pm many nights, which comes as a surprise to many who expect a later dinner.