Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are known for more than their scenic beauty. It’s one of the most often-visited areas of the country with a little something for everyone. Take the 342-foot elevator ride to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, and walk around the observation tower’s outdoor terrace to get a rare, 360-degree birds-eye view of the Smoky Mountains. Once your feet are back on the ground head on over to the Wonderworks Museum and let the kids explore the 35,000 square foot indoor amusement park. End your day at the famous Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede and enjoy a 32-horse show and a spectacular 4 course meal at this legendary dinner theater.
You can’t take a trip to Eastern Tennessee without experiencing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 527,427 acre national park affords visitors myriad opportunities to partake is outdoor activities, such as hiking, fishing, rafting, and horseback riding. Take a break and have a bite to eat at any of the park's 11 designated picnic areas.
The Great Smoky Mountains has some of the best fishing locations in the US. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to nearly 2,900 miles of streams, and also contains one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. The streams are also full of bass for you to catch either from the shore or wading out with a fly. Other locations, like Douglas Lake, play host to guided fishing tours and trips for anglers of all ages and ability levels.
The Smokies offer hikers a diverse array of sights depending on the season. In the winter the lack of leaves reveals stone walls, foundations and chimneys. In the spring and summer travelers are treated to blossoming trees, and the fall brings with it the stunning, autumn colors. Grab your gear and check out some of the Smokies most popular hiking destinations, like Andrews Bald, and Rainbow Falls. With everything from advanced routes to kid-friendly trails, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Smokies.
Explore the gorgeous Tennessee scenery by water in whatever vessel you choose. From kayaks, to canoes, to stand-up paddleboards, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville will have you out on the water in no time. Take the family on a guided river tour through the 26 miles of river or grab your friends and challenge the rapids.
Strap on your helmet and head out on any of Gatlinburg’s numerous scenic bike loops and trails. The Gatlinburg Trail, Oconaluftee River Trail, and the Deep Creek Trail are favorites of riders who wish to take a leisurely ride through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. For those cyclist looking for a longer ride, the Cades Cove Loop is an 11-mile one-way road that offers bikers the opportunity to view wildlife and historic homesteads. From Cades Loop the more experienced bikers can take a detour onto Rich Mountain Road or Forge Creek Road, where a steep stand between you and an unimpeded view of the Great Smokies.