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Arts & Crafts
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community comprises the largest
group of independent artisans in the country with more than 70
members. A visit to the 8-mile loop of shops, studios, and galleries
is like a visit to an era gone by where skills developed by early
settlers 200 years ago are demonstrated in these shops and studios.
Travelers can choose from an array of fine, handcrafted gift items
made right here in the Smokies. Directions: From Gatlinburg,
turn at light #3 and go east on Hwy 321 for approximately 5 miles
and turn left on Glades Road (by the Battle's grocery store)
Gallery, Wild Plum Restaurant, Jim Gray
Aquarium in Gatlinburg
- Smoky Mountain visitors can view some of nature's most exotic
undersea life in the protective comfort of downtown Gatlinburg. The $42 million, 100,000-plus square foot marine attraction is home to thousands of fish and other types of aquatic life from around the world. The centerpiece of the Gatlinburg Aquarium is an underwater acrylic tunnel in which visitors will ride through 700,000 gallons of water on a 320-foot moving glide path, bringing viewers just inches away from large sharks, poisonous ocean predators and numerous varieties of tropical fish whose beauty will definitely impress spectators. Intern study programs will eventually be developed for those seriously interested in careers in Marine Science. Tours of Ripley's Aquarium are self-guided, and guests should plan on as long as two-and-a-half hours to do it justice. Besides all the exhibits of sea life, visitors will also find Ripley's Cargo Hold gift shop and a deli-style restaurant complete with outdoor veranda. There are meeting rooms as well as banquet and wedding facilities available on the property. The aquarium was constructed on a 6.9-acre site in downtown Gatlinburg that was previously home to the Greystone Hotel.
Craftsmen's Fair - July 20-29
and October 11-28 this year at the Gatlinburg Convention
Center. More than 150 craftspeople demonstrate their skill and
offer their unique art for sale - (865) 436-7479
Golf - Golfing fun in a spectacular
mountain setting. The Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course is open
year-round and has a fully-equipped pro shop and food services.
This beautiful 18-hole course was designed by noted golf course
architect William Langford. In 1993 it underwent a major renovation
by Bob Cupp & Associates of Atlanta.
Guinness World of Records Museum
- Hundreds of exhibits of records, feats and facts such as the
most expensive car, world's tallest man, and the Batmobile.
Ober Gatlinburg - Year-round
amusement park and ski resort. A 120-passenger chairlift leaves
every twenty minutes to carry you to an alpine slide, skating
rink, go-cart track, batting cage, bungee jump, trampoline, video/arcade
center, and craft and gift shops.
Pigeon Forge Attractions
1996, Southern Living magazine's Readers' Choice Awards ranked
Pigeon Forge as the number-one shopping spot in the
South. More than 100 outlet stores are represented in the area
malls. Directions: Pigeon Forge and outlet shopping are
about 8 miles from Gatlinburg on Hwy 441. Turn east at light #3. Hightlights: Tanger, River View and Belz Factory Outlets.
Dollywood - 40 live shows daily, 30 rides and attractions, crafts, and special events. Plus America's highest, longest and fastest waterfall ride.
The Comedy Barn - Nationally known comedians, magicians, jugglers, fire-eaters, and Arnold the mind-reading pig.
2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (865) 428-5222
Dixie Stampede - Have a four-course meal while you watch horse racing, whip cracking, and and assortment of belles, heros, and ostriches. One mile from Dollywood. 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 1-800-356-1676
Louise Mandrell Theater - Louise Mandrell sings, dances and plays several musical instruments. 2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (865) 453-6263
Ogle's Water Park - Wave pool, 10 slides, children's play area, tube and locker rentals, dressing rooms, restaurants and concessions. 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN (865) 453-8741
Smoky Mountain Attractions
The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is
the most visited in our National Park system with nearly 10 million
visitors yearly. Highlights:
is the most visited feature of the Park. Millions of visitors
annually flock to Cades Cove to see the preserved pioneer
homesteads, the blue-misted mountains which serve as a backdrop
to the Cove, and the abundant wildlife which now populate the
area. To facilitate visitors, the Park provides a self-guided
tour book at the Cove's entrance. The 11-mile loop road takes
approximately 45 minutes to complete casually from your vehicle.
A more detailed look at the homesteads, some of which require
brief hikes, can take several hours. Or you can make an entire
day of Cades Cove if you stop at the Cable Mill area visitor center
and include a 5-mile (round trip) hike to Abrams Falls.
- The best part of the Smoky Mountains area is the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park itself, which has over 800 miles of trails,
and more than 500,000 acres of land. During your visit to the
Smokies, you should enjoy several of the hikes
the Park has established. Highlights: Alum
Cave Bluff, Ramsey Cascades, Abrams Falls.
- To fish in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you need
a valid Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license. They are
not available in the Park, but can be obtained from sources in
the towns adjacent to the Park. Fishing is permitted year round
in the Smokies from one-half hour before sunrise and one-half
hour after sunset. You should know your
fish before you go, because there are restrictions. Highlight:
Treat yourself to a day with professional guide Bobby Shults at
the Smoky Mountain Angler in Gatlinburg TN (865) 436-8746
Lodge - For viewing spectacular
Smoky Mountain sunrises and sunsets, there is no better place
than Mt. LeConte. Countless visitors have huddled together to
view the sunrise from Myrtle Point on the eastern side, and hurried
to see the sun set over Clingman's Dome from Clifftops on the
western flank. LeConte Lodge can accommodate
an average of 45 guests per night, and normally fills up a year
in advance. Details and photos. Directions:
From Gatlinburg travel 9 miles on Newfound Gap Road to the Alum
Cave Bluff trailhead. At the back of the parking area, you will
begin your 5-mile hike to LeConte Lodge. Highlight: The
- Fall officially begins September 23, and we need bright sunny
days and cool nights--without too much frost or freezing temperatures--to
trap the sugars in the leaves, which give us the best reds and
most vibrant colors throughout the month
of October. However, small pockets of color will remain into November--something
to consider when deciding whether to fight the unbelievable crowds
in certain areas of the Park. More info
and photos Highlights: Newfound Gap Road, which winds
32 miles between Gatlinburg TN and Cherokee NC, is a sampler of
everything the Park has to offer--including some of the best color.
The many different types of deciduous trees (contrasting with
the evergreen of hemlock and balsam fir) and range of altitude
to include thousands of feet make for wonderfull Fall color. In
addition, Little River Road--on the way to Cades Cove--offers
many miles of auto touring amidst the season's grand finale.
Smokies Class AA Baseball
- Ground has been broken for a new Class AA minor league baseball
team called the "Smokies". The stadium will be built
on the northeast corner of the intersection of Interstate 40 and
State Hwy 66 at exit number 407. We will keep you informed as
to progress and the proposed opening date.
Whitewater Rafting - Whitewater
fun for the entire family at five area rivers including the Pigeon,
Ocoee, Nantahala, French Broad, Nolichucky, and the Chattooga
in North Georgia. Opportunities for Class II through Class IV
challenges. Guide-assisted trips and lunch can be included. Highlight:
Rushing through the Nantahala Gorge in the Nantahala National
Forest, this half-day 8 mile trip culminates in a plunge through
Nantahala Falls. see whitewater rafting companies
- Fishing - Backcountry Camping
- The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the best attraction
the area has to offer. Get complete Park details here.
University of Tennessee Volunteers:
For Tennessee Volunteer fans who can't get enough Vol football
or make it to Big Orange country for the games we provide the
- Biltmore Estate is America's largest private home. The 250-room
French Renaissance chateau is nestled among 8,000 acres in the
mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
Carolina - Cherokee is one of five major gateways to
the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and home of the Cherokee
Indian. Highlights: Museum
Of The Cherokee Indian and "Unto
These Hills" Outdoor Drama and Directions:
Cherokee is the southern gateway to the Smokies and can be reached
via old route 19 or Hwy 441.
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