Must does in Gatlinburg tn

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  1. schroader

    schroader 10 pointer

    Dec 27, 2004
    down by the river,,,
    Going there for a short vacation. What is some must does while there?

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  2. KY Helim

    KY Helim 6 pointer

    Jun 13, 2014
    Make the drive out to Cades cove
  3. JR in KY

    JR in KY 12 pointer

    Jan 25, 2006
    The Occupied South
    Don't arrive on Friday afternoon; traffic out theAss.
    You might check out that Moonshine Distillery; I find it interesting. About everything else is geared to the female of the species and how to fleece the tourist.
  4. willy09

    willy09 Banned

    Oct 15, 2009
    There's some nice trails to hike if ya like walking thru the hills
  5. kison

    kison BBBC Members

    Sep 27, 2002
    Pancake pantry...downtown gburg. Blueberry pancakes. Best ever
  6. GrouseAssasin

    GrouseAssasin 12 pointer

    Aug 1, 2009
    Jackson, ky
    Red Rooster pancake house is also a must IMO. Got breakfast at the "word famous" Apple Barn, never do that again. Reminded me of our grade school cafeteria food back in the day.

    As far as attractions, the Ripleys Aquarium is pretty cool and I'll second Cades Cove. We have a time share and Sevierville is close and doesn't take a lot of our points so the Wifey drags me down there several weekends a year to get away for a couple days. She likes it but to me the whole place is just tourist trap.
  7. richief

    richief 10 pointer

    Jun 20, 2012
    down a holler SE KY
    Nobody mentioned Dollywood?! LOL
    I do like Smoky Mountain Knife Works if you want to shop till ya drop.
  8. chadwimc

    chadwimc 12 pointer

    Oct 29, 2004
    Trout fishing. A guy can fish right in downtown Gatlinburg. Or go up the road and fish in the mountains.
  9. kymailman98

    kymailman98 10 pointer

    Dec 20, 2009
    Christian County

    A very good assessment of the place. I enjoy the scenery that the Smokies has to offer, but usually drive right straight thru Gatlinburg. It's one of the biggest tourist traps on the planet.
  10. timer

    timer 10 pointer

    Feb 20, 2013
    La Grange
    I like Dollywood. There are always excellent young musicians and it has a couple of things that most other parks don't have - trees and shade.

    I also like Cades Cove and getting up early to watch the sun come up at the top of the hill in the Smokys. (Newfound Gap? I can't remember the name.)

    There are a few good places to eat, but they are all way overpriced.
  11. stevenvalleyagain

    stevenvalleyagain 10 pointer

    Aug 15, 2005
    Valley station
    The views from clingmans dome are hard to beat.
    There are 2 apple barns. One is the apple barn grill. I would avoid it. The apple barn restaurant that takes up the whole block is delicious and has huge portions. I will say that you are highly unlikely to get a waiter or waitress that speaks English as their first language. Seems like a bunch of Bosnians are imported to work in all the restaurants. I don't care for all of the commercialism particularly in pigeon forge but really enjoy exploring the park. If you enjoy hiking and are in decent shape, the park is full of great opportunities.
  12. zone1

    zone1 8 pointer

    Jan 3, 2011
    If you enjoy traffic jams than you are headed to the right place. Never again.
  13. RDL270

    RDL270 Cyber-Hunter

    Apr 14, 2003
    Fern Creek KY
    When we go we avoid Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg......head right into the mountains, do Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome. We've hiked most of the trails that have waterfalls, some are not too bad. We did Mt LeConte down and up in one day......that was a little on the rougher side. LOL. There is a resturant on the artist loop that is very good. Its a chic joint, put it will score you some points with the wife. Its called the Wild Plum Tea Room or something like that. Enjoy the mountains they are beautiful Oh yeah and you can hike some of the Appalachian Trail.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2015
  14. KYBOB

    KYBOB 8 pointer

    Dec 26, 2009
    Barren Co.
    The Elk Viewing area in the other end of the park is great ( Cataloochee ) NOT in Gatlinburg though.

  15. smashdn

    smashdn 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2003
    Palmyra, Kentucky
    That was going to be my suggestion. Pick a creek and start hiking up it.

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