Guidebook for Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

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Guidebook for Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Food scene

Named after local hero David C. "Crockett" Maples who was an original frontiersman. They create standout menu items made from scratch including giant cinnamon rolls, biscuits, stuffed french toast, pot roast Benedict, scramblers, pancakes, country ham and much more!
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Crockett's Breakfast Camp
1103 Parkway
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Named after local hero David C. "Crockett" Maples who was an original frontiersman. They create standout menu items made from scratch including giant cinnamon rolls, biscuits, stuffed french toast, pot roast Benedict, scramblers, pancakes, country ham and much more!
#1 Lunch spot since 1974. A small deli best known for their Ruben hoagie served on pumpernickel bread! also known for their homemade steamed hoagies, subs, deli sandwiches, hot dogs and house made sides.
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Parton's Deli
332 Parkway
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#1 Lunch spot since 1974. A small deli best known for their Ruben hoagie served on pumpernickel bread! also known for their homemade steamed hoagies, subs, deli sandwiches, hot dogs and house made sides.
Premier Steakhouse perfect for more special occasions. Provides an upscale mountain lodge environment. Serves brunch every Sunday from 11-2pm and Happy Hour Monday -Thursday 4-7pm. Reservations accepted!
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Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse
1002 Parkway
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Premier Steakhouse perfect for more special occasions. Provides an upscale mountain lodge environment. Serves brunch every Sunday from 11-2pm and Happy Hour Monday -Thursday 4-7pm. Reservations accepted!
This restaurant smokes meat for up to 14 hours to create the most tender and flavorful dishes. Also offers a great breakfast buffet that features over 50 items.
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Bennett's Pit Bar-B-Que
714 River Road
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This restaurant smokes meat for up to 14 hours to create the most tender and flavorful dishes. Also offers a great breakfast buffet that features over 50 items.
-Makes all of their pies in a 550 degree wood-fired brick oven creating a perfectly crispy crust. -2nd location also in Pigeon Forge
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Big Daddy's Pizzeria
714 River Rd
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-Makes all of their pies in a 550 degree wood-fired brick oven creating a perfectly crispy crust. -2nd location also in Pigeon Forge
Serve Breakfast all day from 7am-2pm with free parking. Known for their fluffy delicious pancakes, french toast and french crepes!
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Log Cabin Pancake House
327 Historic Nature Trail
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Serve Breakfast all day from 7am-2pm with free parking. Known for their fluffy delicious pancakes, french toast and french crepes!
Tennessee's first pancake house. Everything is made from scratch topped with real butter and freshly whipped cream. They have traditional old fashioned buttermilk pancakes to creative sweet potato pancakes.
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Pancake Pantry
628 Parkway
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Tennessee's first pancake house. Everything is made from scratch topped with real butter and freshly whipped cream. They have traditional old fashioned buttermilk pancakes to creative sweet potato pancakes.
Hearty fare and a bounty of beverages at a reasonable cost. Delicious burgers, deluxe sandwiches, signature steaks and seafood entrées. Also features award winning St. Louis spare ribs!
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JT Hannah's Kitchen
3214 Parkway
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Hearty fare and a bounty of beverages at a reasonable cost. Delicious burgers, deluxe sandwiches, signature steaks and seafood entrées. Also features award winning St. Louis spare ribs!
Family owned and operated American Classic Diner offering a classic 50's style diner from hearty breakfast meals, juicy burgers to legendary banana splits.
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Mel's Classic Diner
119 Wears Valley Road
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Family owned and operated American Classic Diner offering a classic 50's style diner from hearty breakfast meals, juicy burgers to legendary banana splits.
New American restaurant specializing in locally sourced and sustainable menu items. Appetizers, jumbo wings, salads, heart steaks, chops and fall-off the bone ribs.
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Local Goat- New American Restaurant
2167 Parkway
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New American restaurant specializing in locally sourced and sustainable menu items. Appetizers, jumbo wings, salads, heart steaks, chops and fall-off the bone ribs.
Family sports grill with 20 flat panel televisions. Angus beef burgers, jumbo chicken wings, hotdogs, salads, and beer.
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Blue Moose Burgers & Wings
2430 Teaster Lane
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Family sports grill with 20 flat panel televisions. Angus beef burgers, jumbo chicken wings, hotdogs, salads, and beer.
Fresh churned ice cream with milk directly from their own Jersey cows. They pasteurize and bottle real churned buttermilk, whole milk, light milk, chocolate milk, coffee milk and seasonal flavored milks. Their cows are on the pasture 365 days per year and never given any hormones.
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Cruze Farm Ice Cream
1642 Parkway
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Fresh churned ice cream with milk directly from their own Jersey cows. They pasteurize and bottle real churned buttermilk, whole milk, light milk, chocolate milk, coffee milk and seasonal flavored milks. Their cows are on the pasture 365 days per year and never given any hormones.
Serving hearty southern classics family style in a beautiful historic setting. Comfort food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere is loved by locals. They also have a cafe, creamery, candy kitchen and farmhouse kitchen to shop from.
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The Old Mill Restaurant
164 Old Mill Avenue
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Serving hearty southern classics family style in a beautiful historic setting. Comfort food and friendly, welcoming atmosphere is loved by locals. They also have a cafe, creamery, candy kitchen and farmhouse kitchen to shop from.
Enjoy fresh salad bar & custom cut steaks. Located on a mountain stream at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dine while enjoying peaceful views of Little Pigeon River. Steaks are grilled over Tennessee hickory charcoal which have been naturally aged and never frozen. Offers call ahead seating.
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The Peddler Steakhouse
820 River Rd
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Enjoy fresh salad bar & custom cut steaks. Located on a mountain stream at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dine while enjoying peaceful views of Little Pigeon River. Steaks are grilled over Tennessee hickory charcoal which have been naturally aged and never frozen. Offers call ahead seating.
Freshly made donuts, cinnamon bread, and pastries. Also serves, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes and espresso.
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Donut Friar
634 Parkway
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Freshly made donuts, cinnamon bread, and pastries. Also serves, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes and espresso.

Sightseeing

Lots of recreational activities! • 9 hole Disc Golf course. • 400-meter track. • Football field. • Softball field. • Basketball court. • Horseshoe pits. • Walking trail. • Outdoor Exercise equipment. • Storywalk trail. • Playground area. • Picnic tables. • Covered pavilion, which seats 72 individuals. • Sinks & grills. • Restrooms.
Mills Park
1230 Parkway
Lots of recreational activities! • 9 hole Disc Golf course. • 400-meter track. • Football field. • Softball field. • Basketball court. • Horseshoe pits. • Walking trail. • Outdoor Exercise equipment. • Storywalk trail. • Playground area. • Picnic tables. • Covered pavilion, which seats 72 individuals. • Sinks & grills. • Restrooms.
Features some of the most spectacular scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains! 8.1 mile-out-and-back trail considered a challenging route, average 4h 40mins to complete. Very popular area for hiking, open year round, and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs not allowed on trail. Turn left onto East Pkwy for approximately 4 miles, then turn right onto greenbriar Rd. Continue south for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the fork in the road, The trailhead is at the end of the road.
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Ramsey Cascades Trail
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Features some of the most spectacular scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains! 8.1 mile-out-and-back trail considered a challenging route, average 4h 40mins to complete. Very popular area for hiking, open year round, and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs not allowed on trail. Turn left onto East Pkwy for approximately 4 miles, then turn right onto greenbriar Rd. Continue south for approximately 3 miles and turn left at the fork in the road, The trailhead is at the end of the road.
Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are so many fun things to do in Cades Cove, especially as a family. You’ll love making memories together in this beautiful area of the park. Check out these 5 fun things to do in Cades Cove: 1. Go on a picnic: Drive your car along the paved road and then walk to one of the various picnic tables next to the creek. Bring sandwiches in a cooler or all the fixings to grill hamburgers and hot dogs on the charcoal grills at the picnic tables. You can also grab a family meal from one of the local restaurants and eat it in the mountains. After you eat, watch the kids as they play in the creek! 2. Drive the loop: The most popular activity in Cades Cove is to drive the 11-mile loop. Take pictures with family, and enjoy the scenic views. You’ll be able to see incredible views of the mountains and enjoy the native plants. In the fall, you can enjoy the different-colored leaves, and in the spring, you’ll find beautiful wildflowers. If you want to walk or ride a bike around the loop, you should get to Cades Cove before 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays between May and September. 3.Visit historic buildings: Cades Cove is home to some of the oldest standing buildings in the Smoky Mountains. You can stop and hike to the John Oliver Cabin, one of the oldest buildings in the national park. Stop and check out the Missionary Baptist Church, the Primitive Baptist Church, and the Methodist Church. The John P. Cable Grist Mill still works today, which is neat to see. 4. Hike trails : One of the great things to do in Cades Cove is to hike on the trails within the Loop. If you walk past the John Oliver Cabin, you’ll find the Rich Mountain Loop Trail. The whole family will love hiking on the Cades Cove Nature Trail. You might even see some wildlife along the way! One of the most popular waterfall hikes, Abrams Falls, is in Cades Cove. 5. Fishing:If you have your Tennessee fishing license, then your family can go fishing in Abrams Creek! Some of the largest rainbow trout live in this water, so you’ll find plenty of fish to catch.
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Cades Cove
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Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are so many fun things to do in Cades Cove, especially as a family. You’ll love making memories together in this beautiful area of the park. Check out these 5 fun things to do in Cades Cove: 1. Go on a picnic: Drive your car along the paved road and then walk to one of the various picnic tables next to the creek. Bring sandwiches in a cooler or all the fixings to grill hamburgers and hot dogs on the charcoal grills at the picnic tables. You can also grab a family meal from one of the local restaurants and eat it in the mountains. After you eat, watch the kids as they play in the creek! 2. Drive the loop: The most popular activity in Cades Cove is to drive the 11-mile loop. Take pictures with family, and enjoy the scenic views. You’ll be able to see incredible views of the mountains and enjoy the native plants. In the fall, you can enjoy the different-colored leaves, and in the spring, you’ll find beautiful wildflowers. If you want to walk or ride a bike around the loop, you should get to Cades Cove before 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays between May and September. 3.Visit historic buildings: Cades Cove is home to some of the oldest standing buildings in the Smoky Mountains. You can stop and hike to the John Oliver Cabin, one of the oldest buildings in the national park. Stop and check out the Missionary Baptist Church, the Primitive Baptist Church, and the Methodist Church. The John P. Cable Grist Mill still works today, which is neat to see. 4. Hike trails : One of the great things to do in Cades Cove is to hike on the trails within the Loop. If you walk past the John Oliver Cabin, you’ll find the Rich Mountain Loop Trail. The whole family will love hiking on the Cades Cove Nature Trail. You might even see some wildlife along the way! One of the most popular waterfall hikes, Abrams Falls, is in Cades Cove. 5. Fishing:If you have your Tennessee fishing license, then your family can go fishing in Abrams Creek! Some of the largest rainbow trout live in this water, so you’ll find plenty of fish to catch.
Located along the Gatlinburg Bypass, this scenic pull off offers unparalleled views of the city of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. What makes the overlook so stunning is the dramatic contrast in elevation between the Gatlinburg skyline and the mountains. If you’re looking for a photo opportunity that captures the essence of Gatlinburg, it’s hard to beat the overlook!
Gatlinburg Scenic Outlook
Located along the Gatlinburg Bypass, this scenic pull off offers unparalleled views of the city of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. What makes the overlook so stunning is the dramatic contrast in elevation between the Gatlinburg skyline and the mountains. If you’re looking for a photo opportunity that captures the essence of Gatlinburg, it’s hard to beat the overlook!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most iconic attraction in East Tennessee. Taking a photo in front of the sign welcoming visitors to the park is an absolute must! When you enter the national park, keep your eyes peeled for the famous sign on the side of the road. Located two miles south of Gatlinburg, Sugarlands Visitor Center is also a great spot to snap a souvenir picture.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sign
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most iconic attraction in East Tennessee. Taking a photo in front of the sign welcoming visitors to the park is an absolute must! When you enter the national park, keep your eyes peeled for the famous sign on the side of the road. Located two miles south of Gatlinburg, Sugarlands Visitor Center is also a great spot to snap a souvenir picture.

Attractions

Thrilling theme park rides, water attractions, country & bluegrass concerts, and tributes to Dolly Parton!
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Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Boulevard
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Thrilling theme park rides, water attractions, country & bluegrass concerts, and tributes to Dolly Parton!
Lots of family fun :) Explore the shops, sample local products, and walk along the riverbank. Enjoy a glass of cider and pastry or homemade ice cream at the Creamery. Sample wines and hard cider at the Apple Barn Winery and even eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill.
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The Apple Barn & Cider Mill
230 Apple Valley Rd
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Lots of family fun :) Explore the shops, sample local products, and walk along the riverbank. Enjoy a glass of cider and pastry or homemade ice cream at the Creamery. Sample wines and hard cider at the Apple Barn Winery and even eat dinner at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill.
Heading to the top of the 407-foot tall observation tower is a fantastic option for anyone looking for stunning mountain views in their photo.
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Gatlinburg Space Needle
115 Historic Nature Trail
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Heading to the top of the 407-foot tall observation tower is a fantastic option for anyone looking for stunning mountain views in their photo.
A fun chairlift ride that leaves from the Parkway and takes guests up 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. You’ll get off the chair lift and step onto the observation deck where there are plenty of spots where you can get a great picture of the mountains or take a family picture in front of the mountains! Plus, you’ll want to snap a picture of everyone crossing the SkyBridge!
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Skylift park
703 Parkway
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A fun chairlift ride that leaves from the Parkway and takes guests up 1,800 feet to the top of Crockett Mountain. You’ll get off the chair lift and step onto the observation deck where there are plenty of spots where you can get a great picture of the mountains or take a family picture in front of the mountains! Plus, you’ll want to snap a picture of everyone crossing the SkyBridge!
Explore the Pigeon River by whitewater with an experienced Nantahala Outdoor Center guide at the helm. For big splashes and tons of action, take on the Upper Pigeon River - filled with Class II-IV rapids and phenomenal views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are looking for family-friendly rafting for children as young as three, the Lower Pigeon trip is a relaxing float trip with plenty of swimming opportunities along the way.
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NOC Gatlinburg
1138 Parkway
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Explore the Pigeon River by whitewater with an experienced Nantahala Outdoor Center guide at the helm. For big splashes and tons of action, take on the Upper Pigeon River - filled with Class II-IV rapids and phenomenal views into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are looking for family-friendly rafting for children as young as three, the Lower Pigeon trip is a relaxing float trip with plenty of swimming opportunities along the way.
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Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
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Ripley's Believe It or Not!
800 Parkway
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TITANIC Museum Attraction
2134 Parkway
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Dolly Parton's Stampede
3849 Parkway
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Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show
2713 Parkway
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Winter: Ski/ snowboard area tickets. Spring, Summer and Fall, the amusement park is a family-oriented theme park offering “snowless” Summer Tubing, Ski Mountain Coaster, Ice Skating, Ice Bumper Cars, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift and Wildlife Encounter.
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Ober Gatlinburg
1339 Ski Mountain Rd
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Winter: Ski/ snowboard area tickets. Spring, Summer and Fall, the amusement park is a family-oriented theme park offering “snowless” Summer Tubing, Ski Mountain Coaster, Ice Skating, Ice Bumper Cars, Alpine Slide, Scenic Chairlift and Wildlife Encounter.
An outdoor family theme park for all ages in the beauty and adventure of the Smoky Mountains. Adventure seekers love the Dueling Zip-line tour and Rail Runner mountain coaster along with netted play areas including the treehouse themed TreeVenture Challenge course. The Memorial Forest Walk and immersive Vista Gardens provide informative and relaxing spaces. Anakeesta also offers a variety of dining choices.
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Anakeesta
576 Parkway
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An outdoor family theme park for all ages in the beauty and adventure of the Smoky Mountains. Adventure seekers love the Dueling Zip-line tour and Rail Runner mountain coaster along with netted play areas including the treehouse themed TreeVenture Challenge course. The Memorial Forest Walk and immersive Vista Gardens provide informative and relaxing spaces. Anakeesta also offers a variety of dining choices.
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Hillbilly Golf
340 Parkway
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Gatlin’s Mini Golf
716 Parkway
Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
188 Parkway
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Treasure Quest Miniature Golf
653 Parkway

Top Shows

The longest running feud in history and watch as the families try to settle their differences mountain style. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud has singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw-dropping stunts and, of course, side-splitting comedy! And you’ll love the latest addition to the show — diving hillbillies and dogs! As you watch, enjoy an all-you-can-eat family feast of fried chicken, pulled pork, creamy soup, homemade bread and so much more.
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Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
119 Music Road
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The longest running feud in history and watch as the families try to settle their differences mountain style. Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud has singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw-dropping stunts and, of course, side-splitting comedy! And you’ll love the latest addition to the show — diving hillbillies and dogs! As you watch, enjoy an all-you-can-eat family feast of fried chicken, pulled pork, creamy soup, homemade bread and so much more.
For a feel-good kind of show has repeatedly been voted the best show in the Smokies. This fast-paced production includes singing, dancing, comedy, powerful gospel and American patriotism. It’s also the only show in Pigeon Forge that has youth performers, so everyone in the family is sure to love it! The best part is that you don’t even have to be a fan of country music to enjoy this high-energy production.
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Country Tonite Theatre
129 Showplace Blvd
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For a feel-good kind of show has repeatedly been voted the best show in the Smokies. This fast-paced production includes singing, dancing, comedy, powerful gospel and American patriotism. It’s also the only show in Pigeon Forge that has youth performers, so everyone in the family is sure to love it! The best part is that you don’t even have to be a fan of country music to enjoy this high-energy production.
This show features real lumberjacks and real competition for some real family fun. There will be 11 competitive lumberjack events featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. Prepare yourselves for high-energy axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing and more! Audience members even have the chance to participate in an exciting experience on stage, and there is a special intermission event just for the kids.
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Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park
2530 Parkway
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This show features real lumberjacks and real competition for some real family fun. There will be 11 competitive lumberjack events featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. Prepare yourselves for high-energy axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing and more! Audience members even have the chance to participate in an exciting experience on stage, and there is a special intermission event just for the kids.
Magical family entertainment.Magical comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell put on a performance that includes stunning magic, reality shattering mind reading and hilarious mayhem. The two have a combined 40+ years in the art of magic. Don’t miss the chance to be amazed by one of the best shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!
Impossibilities-Magic, Mindreading and Mayhem!
115 Historic Nature Trail
Magical family entertainment.Magical comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell put on a performance that includes stunning magic, reality shattering mind reading and hilarious mayhem. The two have a combined 40+ years in the art of magic. Don’t miss the chance to be amazed by one of the best shows in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!

Shopping

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The Island in Pigeon Forge
131 The Island Dr
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Wine Tasting

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Tennessee Homemade Wines
643 Parkway
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Smoky Mountain Winery
450 Cherry St
Sugarland Cellars
1133 Parkway
Gatlinburg Wine Cellar
702 Parkway
Goodwater Winery
651 Parkway

Moonshine Tasting

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Ole Smoky Moonshine
903 Parkway
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Sugarlands Distilling Company
805 Parkway
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Junction 35 Spirits
2655 Teaster Lane
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Old Forge Distillery
170 Old Mill Ave
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Tennessee Shine Company - Pigeon Forge
3435 Teaster Ln