Gatlinburg Area Attractions

Attractions –

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – The majestic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is all around. Just start exploring!

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – The narrow, winding, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail invites you to slow down and enjoy the forest and historic buildings of the area. It is a 6 mile long, one way, loop road that is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the area. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings.

Fishing – The Great Smoky Mountains is home to one of the last wild trout habitats in the eastern United States. With over 2,115 miles of streams in its boundaries, the park offers a variety of fishing experiences. For a map of all park water as well as other information, stop by a visitor center and pick up your free copy. The volunteers in either center will be happy to point out ideal streams to fit your interests!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Once you’ve seen the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, you won’t want to miss the most astonishing exhibits in the world. Three stories of over 500 outstanding and incredible artifacts from around the world surround and amaze you every step of the way!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Voted #1 aquarium in the United States by Tripadvisor!

Dollywood – Dollywood’s spectacular Tennessee setting provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of amusement park rides and attractions. Thrilling roller coasters, daring water excursions, family rides and kiddie rides-you’ll find them all at Dollywood. See a live show while you’re here and don’t miss the best roller coasters in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee!

Splash Country Water Adventure Park – 30 wooded acres with views of the Smoky Mountains featuring more than 23 water adventure slides and thrill rides – from the daring drops of Big Bear Plunge, a white water rafting ride, to the twisting turns of the Mountain Scream body slide ride, discover family fun water rides and attractions at Dollywood’s Splash Country. Toss in two interactive children’s playground areas, the Lazy River and Little Creek Falls, and you’ll find family fun activities for everyone

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park – More than skiing and snowboarding, it’s a mountain of fun for the whole family. It includes a scenic chairlift, ice skating, aerial tramway and much more.

Dining –

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant – Perhaps the best southern meal (with very generous servings) and experience you can get in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille – This little gem is one of the favorite places to eat for locals. It’s packed with incredible food and southern charm. Here you will find the highest quality steaks, fresh local rainbow trout, southern catfish and fresh seafood, as well as other southern comfort foods. Other menu items include garden fresh salads made to order, delicious sandwiches, burgers, hearty homemade soups and freshly baked breads made with wholesome grains stone ground at their historic Old Mill.

Alamo Steakhouse – Six year winner of “best steaks” by the locals!

The Peddler Steakhouse – The Peddler serves wholesome, flavorful food, a fresh salad bar and naturally aged, never-frozen steaks grilled over real Tennessee hickory charcoal that guests from all over the world enjoy time and time again.

Cherokee Grill – Cherokee Grill features great steaks, fresh fish and seafood, rotisserie chicken and a tempting assortment of appetizers, sandwiches and salads. It is Gatlinburg’s Great Steakhouse, in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, with an upscale mountain lodge atmosphere.

Bennett’s Barbeque – Locally owned and operated since 1991 with real hickory smoked bar-b-que. Voted best ribs, best bar-b-que and best caterer in the county for 2011.

Shopping –

Tanger Outlet – The outlets offer over 100 named brand stores to choose from – Coach, Lenox, Nike, Ralph Lauren, L.L. Bean, Under Armour, Tommy Hilfiger, Old Navy, Bose Factory Store – just to name a few.

Belz Factory Store – The largest and most convenient shopping in the area, with over 450,000 square feet of enclosed and strip shopping areas.