Brian’s guidebook

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Brian’s guidebook

Sightseeing

Provides stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the areas around Gatlinburg, TN
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Gatlinburg Space Needle
155 Historic Nature Trail
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Provides stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the areas around Gatlinburg, TN
Stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg, TN area
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Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
765 Parkway
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Stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg, TN area
Travel off the beaten path and explore the fascinating realm of flight at this hidden treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains. Airworthy Warbirds are the foundation of this 50,000 sq ft facility.
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Tennessee Museum of Aviation
135 Air Museum Way
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Travel off the beaten path and explore the fascinating realm of flight at this hidden treasure in the Great Smoky Mountains. Airworthy Warbirds are the foundation of this 50,000 sq ft facility.
Literally teeming with life – over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg.
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Rd
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Literally teeming with life – over 10,000 exotic sea creatures in 350 individual species. There are more fish in this aquarium than there are people living in the entire town of Gatlinburg.
Mixing fun with education, the RainForest zoo has been themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.
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Rainforest Adventures
109 Nascar Dr
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Mixing fun with education, the RainForest zoo has been themed by one of the nation’s finest zoological contractors whose work includes Animal Kingdom at Disney World.
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is a celebration of the ship, passengers and crew! It is said that the best way to respect and honor those who gave their lives is to simply tell their stories.
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Titanic Museum Attraction
2134 Parkway
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Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge is a celebration of the ship, passengers and crew! It is said that the best way to respect and honor those who gave their lives is to simply tell their stories.
Don't miss the biggest - and most photographed - thing to do in Pigeon Forge, TN! The world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum gives guests the opportunity to rub elbows with your favorite A-listers. Get up close and personal with celebrities for fun photos (you choose the poses!) and learn little-known facts about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments.
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Hollywood Wax Museum
106 Showplace Blvd
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Don't miss the biggest - and most photographed - thing to do in Pigeon Forge, TN! The world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum gives guests the opportunity to rub elbows with your favorite A-listers. Get up close and personal with celebrities for fun photos (you choose the poses!) and learn little-known facts about their pets, pet peeves, and accomplishments.
The loop around Cades Cove contains beautiful scenery, historic church buildings and home sites as well as local wildlife. The loop does not allow automobile traffic on Wednesdays. Get an early start as the auto traffic on the loop can get congested.
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Cades Cove
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The loop around Cades Cove contains beautiful scenery, historic church buildings and home sites as well as local wildlife. The loop does not allow automobile traffic on Wednesdays. Get an early start as the auto traffic on the loop can get congested.
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher. Clingman's Dome provides spectacular views.
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Clingmans Dome
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At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is Great Smoky Mountains National Park's highest point. It is the highest point in Tennessee, and the second highest point east of the Mississippi. Only North Carolina's Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) rises higher. Clingman's Dome provides spectacular views.
Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
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Rainbow Falls Trail
Rainbow Falls Trail
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Rainbow Falls Trail is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
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Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
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Grotto Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.
Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until November.
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Alum Cave Trail
Alum Cave Trail
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Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from April until November.
Abrams Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
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Abrams Falls Trail
Abrams Falls Trail
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Abrams Falls Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
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Laurel Falls Trailhead
Old State Highway 73 Scenic
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Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
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Baskins Creek Falls
Baskins Creek Trail
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Laurel Falls Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Chimney Tops Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November.
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Chimney Tops Trail Trailhead
Chimney Tops Trail
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Chimney Tops Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until November.

Theme Park

Voted a Top 10 Outdoor Water Park by USA Today Readers, Dollywood's Splash Country has slides and splashes for every age. Tucked into the mountainside, lush trees line the park and your adventure comes with beautiful mountain views! If you're looking for a thrill, take the plunge down Firetower Falls.
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Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
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Voted a Top 10 Outdoor Water Park by USA Today Readers, Dollywood's Splash Country has slides and splashes for every age. Tucked into the mountainside, lush trees line the park and your adventure comes with beautiful mountain views! If you're looking for a thrill, take the plunge down Firetower Falls.
You’re Never Alone in the Dark! Frights, Fun and Screams! Enjoy Gatlinburg’s #1 Haunted House! New hauntings, special effects, and live actors!
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Ripley's Haunted Adventure
908 Parkway
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You’re Never Alone in the Dark! Frights, Fun and Screams! Enjoy Gatlinburg’s #1 Haunted House! New hauntings, special effects, and live actors!

Food scene

Pigeon Forge's only family sports grill has been a best kept secret by the local residents for years. Blue Moose serves a variety of casual American fare from the juiciest 100% beef burgers, veggie patty options, award-winning jumbo chicken wings in 22 different flavors, all beef hotdogs, salads and ice cold beer.
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Blue Moose Burgers & Wings
2430 Teaster Ln
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Pigeon Forge's only family sports grill has been a best kept secret by the local residents for years. Blue Moose serves a variety of casual American fare from the juiciest 100% beef burgers, veggie patty options, award-winning jumbo chicken wings in 22 different flavors, all beef hotdogs, salads and ice cold beer.
Reagan’s House of Pancakes is a family owned Restaurant. Opened in November 1986, offering a full breakfast buffet, or menu at both our locations, 2820 Parkway and 3516 Parkway. The buffet includes a HUGE variety of breakfast items.
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Reagan's House of Pancakes
2820 Parkway
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Reagan’s House of Pancakes is a family owned Restaurant. Opened in November 1986, offering a full breakfast buffet, or menu at both our locations, 2820 Parkway and 3516 Parkway. The buffet includes a HUGE variety of breakfast items.
Opened in 1979, still providing wonderful food and service in a true log cabin complete with fireplaces.
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Log Cabin Pancake House
327 Historic Nature Trail
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Opened in 1979, still providing wonderful food and service in a true log cabin complete with fireplaces.
The Pottery House Cafe serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees on dishes created by our potters right next door. Cozy up in the wintertime near the crackling embers of our dining room’s original stone fireplace.
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The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille
3341 Old Mill St
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The Pottery House Cafe serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees on dishes created by our potters right next door. Cozy up in the wintertime near the crackling embers of our dining room’s original stone fireplace.
Pigeon Forge Deli is a real Mom and Pop shop. It was started by a couple who had a dream of making the best deli sandwich in town and who share a commitment to creating fresh, flavorful food that is made with love. The foundation of any good sandwich is bread, and Pigeon Forge Deli makes their own bread from scratch every day.
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Pigeon Forge Deli
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Pigeon Forge Deli is a real Mom and Pop shop. It was started by a couple who had a dream of making the best deli sandwich in town and who share a commitment to creating fresh, flavorful food that is made with love. The foundation of any good sandwich is bread, and Pigeon Forge Deli makes their own bread from scratch every day.
Serving hearty Southern classics family-style in a beautiful historic setting, The Old Mill Restaurant’s delicious comfort food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere is loved by locals and visitors alike.
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The Old Mill
164 Old Mill Ave
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Serving hearty Southern classics family-style in a beautiful historic setting, The Old Mill Restaurant’s delicious comfort food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere is loved by locals and visitors alike.
Three Jimmy’s is all about fresh and homemade food that never disappoints.
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Three Jimmy's Good Time Eatery
1359 East Parkway
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Three Jimmy’s is all about fresh and homemade food that never disappoints.
Brick and Spoon is a unique upscale breakfast, Lunch, and brunch dining experience.
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Brick and Spoon - Pigeon Forge
136 Community Center Drive
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Brick and Spoon is a unique upscale breakfast, Lunch, and brunch dining experience.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a family-style dining experience born from the classic recipes of the Queen of Southern Cuisine herself.
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Paula Deen's Family Kitchen
131 The Island Dr
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Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a family-style dining experience born from the classic recipes of the Queen of Southern Cuisine herself.
Built in the 1940's and in business since 1974 Parton's Deli has been an Icon in Gatlinburg for close to 40 years. A small family operation with big value!
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Parton's Deli
332 Parkway
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Built in the 1940's and in business since 1974 Parton's Deli has been an Icon in Gatlinburg for close to 40 years. A small family operation with big value!
A relaxed family style cafe big on taste with a variety of traditional authentic Cuban Cuisine and Signature Cuban Sandwiches.
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Smokies Cuban Cafe
3526 Parkway
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A relaxed family style cafe big on taste with a variety of traditional authentic Cuban Cuisine and Signature Cuban Sandwiches.
BENNETT'S PIT BBQ serves meals that are moist, tender and packed full of flavor.
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Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway
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BENNETT'S PIT BBQ serves meals that are moist, tender and packed full of flavor.
A family owned & operated restaurant established in 1995, with over 50 years of restaurant experience. Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge
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Huck Finn's Catfish
3330 Parkway
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A family owned & operated restaurant established in 1995, with over 50 years of restaurant experience. Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge
Local Goat is a New American restaurant with a scratch-made kitchen specializing in locally-sourced and sustainable menu items. Local Goat offers a wide array of appetizers, jumbo wings, awesome salads. hearty steaks, chops, fall-off-the-bone ribs and outstanding desserts.
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Local Goat- New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway
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Local Goat is a New American restaurant with a scratch-made kitchen specializing in locally-sourced and sustainable menu items. Local Goat offers a wide array of appetizers, jumbo wings, awesome salads. hearty steaks, chops, fall-off-the-bone ribs and outstanding desserts.
Family-owned diner in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Sells subs and sandwiches dine-in or to-go.
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Lil Black Bear Cafe
3068 Veterans Blvd
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Family-owned diner in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Sells subs and sandwiches dine-in or to-go.
Bullfish Grill in Pigeon Forge serves aged Grand Champion Angus Beef and offer the freshest seafood selections available with daily deliveries. The menu includes chef’s regional creations or signature pasta dishes, garden-fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and much more.
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Bullfish Grill
2441 Parkway
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Bullfish Grill in Pigeon Forge serves aged Grand Champion Angus Beef and offer the freshest seafood selections available with daily deliveries. The menu includes chef’s regional creations or signature pasta dishes, garden-fresh salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and much more.
Described as a cross between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, the Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the Smoky Mountains in the background.
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Smoky Mountain Dreams
1004 Parkway
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Described as a cross between a ski lodge and a Bavarian beer hall, the Smoky Mountain Brewery features an enclosed deck overlooking Calhoun’s Village with the Smoky Mountains in the background.
Great spot for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner! Mama does a great job at her Farmhouse! Service is spot on, food all has a homemade flair and the staff are amazing.
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Mama's Farmhouse
208 Pickel St
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Great spot for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner! Mama does a great job at her Farmhouse! Service is spot on, food all has a homemade flair and the staff are amazing.
Mel’s Diner is a popular Family Owned and Operated American Classic Diner located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just minutes from Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1993, Mel’s Diner has offered its guests a classic 50’s diner experience with great American classic food and atmosphere.
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Mel's Classic Diner
119 Wears Valley Rd
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Mel’s Diner is a popular Family Owned and Operated American Classic Diner located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, just minutes from Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1993, Mel’s Diner has offered its guests a classic 50’s diner experience with great American classic food and atmosphere.
Authentic German comfort food and beverages are the name of the game at Wild Bear Tavern. They don’t skimp on the quality service either and their inviting atmosphere never fails to make you feel right at home.
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Wild Bear Tavern
4236 Parkway
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Authentic German comfort food and beverages are the name of the game at Wild Bear Tavern. They don’t skimp on the quality service either and their inviting atmosphere never fails to make you feel right at home.

Pools

Public pool. 1998 Sequoyah Ave, Maryville, TN 37804. $3 per head and a much nicer than the pool in Top of the World. A 27 minute drive into Maryville, TN.
John Sevier Pool
1998 Sequoyah Avenue
Public pool. 1998 Sequoyah Ave, Maryville, TN 37804. $3 per head and a much nicer than the pool in Top of the World. A 27 minute drive into Maryville, TN.

Cades Cove

The John P. Cable Grist Mill is an old, water powered grist mill which has been preserved much as it looked when it was an operating mill. It is very photogenic.
John P Cable Grist Mill
Cable Mill Road
The John P. Cable Grist Mill is an old, water powered grist mill which has been preserved much as it looked when it was an operating mill. It is very photogenic.
The Dan Lawson Place, which was originally constructed in 1856, is a transitional piece of architecture – the home features both sawn lumber and hewn logs. In addition, the pioneer cabin featured a modern chimney made out of bricks. The property where the cabin is built was originally owned by Peter Cable, Dan’s father-in-law.
Dan Lawson Cabin
The Dan Lawson Place, which was originally constructed in 1856, is a transitional piece of architecture – the home features both sawn lumber and hewn logs. In addition, the pioneer cabin featured a modern chimney made out of bricks. The property where the cabin is built was originally owned by Peter Cable, Dan’s father-in-law.
Revolutionary War veteran William Tipton is generally credited for starting the pioneer migration to Cades Cove in the 1820s. Along with his brother Thomas, William received Tennessee land grants covering the Cades Cove area in recognition of their contribution to the war. In turn, the brothers invited relatives from other parts of the country to buy up land and settle in Cades Cove, thus starting the initial settlement boom in the region.
Tipton Place
Cades Cove Loop Road
Revolutionary War veteran William Tipton is generally credited for starting the pioneer migration to Cades Cove in the 1820s. Along with his brother Thomas, William received Tennessee land grants covering the Cades Cove area in recognition of their contribution to the war. In turn, the brothers invited relatives from other parts of the country to buy up land and settle in Cades Cove, thus starting the initial settlement boom in the region.
Carter Shields Cabin is said to have been built around 1830. It’s a simple, 1 bedroom cabin, and it’s the only building left remaining on the property. You’ll see the cabin situated in a clearing, with a covered porch. It also features a small loft. In the springtime, the dogwood trees bloom, painting a beautiful picture. Photographers love coming to this spot because of the combination of the trees, the split-rail fence and the deer who frequent the area. In fact, it’s one of the most photographed historic structures in Cades Cove!
Carter Shields Cabin
Cades Cove Loop Road
Carter Shields Cabin is said to have been built around 1830. It’s a simple, 1 bedroom cabin, and it’s the only building left remaining on the property. You’ll see the cabin situated in a clearing, with a covered porch. It also features a small loft. In the springtime, the dogwood trees bloom, painting a beautiful picture. Photographers love coming to this spot because of the combination of the trees, the split-rail fence and the deer who frequent the area. In fact, it’s one of the most photographed historic structures in Cades Cove!
The John Oliver historical cabin, which is set back from Cades Cove Loop Road, is the first historical structure you will come to. The parking area for this cabin is immediately past Sparks Lane. John and Lucretia Oliver, the original owners of the cabin, were the first permanent white settlers in Cades Cove.
John Oliver Cabin
The John Oliver historical cabin, which is set back from Cades Cove Loop Road, is the first historical structure you will come to. The parking area for this cabin is immediately past Sparks Lane. John and Lucretia Oliver, the original owners of the cabin, were the first permanent white settlers in Cades Cove.