Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains!!
There are so many amazing things to do around the Great Smoky Mountains! We’ve put together a list of the top 12 things we have done ourselves or feedback from guests like you! Let us know what you think!!
- Dollywood is one of the world’s best known theme parks, from the roller coasters, rides, restaurants and shows to the museums and entertainment; you will need to plan to spend at least one full day here. The park is great for the whole family and just minutes from the cabin.
- Titanic Museum: We went to the Titanic Museum, we thought it was very interesting. The museum is a replica of the ship that sank in 1912 from the cabins, dining areas, to the grand staircase you see in the movies. You get a good feel for what it would have been like to be aboard the ship during its final voyage. One of the most interesting things to us was at the end when you entered a room where all the conditions were the same as the night the Titanic went down. You could feel how cold the air was, touch an iceberg and dip your hand in the frigid 26 degree water and realize you can’t leave your hand in it for long. It makes you realize what it would have been like to be dumped into the ocean that night. Good for the whole family, although maybe not for the very little ones.
- Dolly Parton’s Stampede (Formally The Dixie Stampede) is good for the whole family. You will enter a 3500 square foot arena and be treated to a meal of chicken, pork loin, potatoes, vegetables and desert. Then you will see a friendly rivalry between the North and the South. 32 horses, talented riders and herding buffalo, it is a unique experience that everyone will enjoy.
- The Lumber Jack Feud, although geared more toward our younger guests its real authentic lumberjack action. With competing ESPN Lumberjack athletes, zip lines, draft horses, Timber Dogs and comedy, it will have your family on the edge of their seats! Taking place in a new 10 million dollar arena, its axe swinging, log rolling, tree climbing, chainsaw carving action will offer an experience unlike anything else in the Smoky Mountains!
- Wonderworks: Young and old alike will appreciate the hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge has an inversion tunnel, an anti-gravity chamber, a replica of the Mercury space capsule and a hurricane hole with 65-mph winds. The re-creation of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake lets you experience the effects of a 5.3 magnitude earthquake. There are more than 150 interactive exhibits at Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, TN, including the Bubble Room, where you can wrap yourself inside a giant bubble!
- Roaring Fork Motor Nature Tour is a scenic drive into the foothills of the Smokies you will see virgin forests – clear, cascading streams – and vestiges of pioneer farms. A hiking trail leads to Grotto Falls and Mt. LeConte. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is a ONE-WAY loop road ending in Gatlinburg. Bear sightings very possible!!!
- Cades Cove is an eleven mile driving loop that has authentic homesteads, churches, gristmills, blacksmith shop, etc. We found it interesting and worth the trip. There are plenty of wild life and possible bear sightings. There is also a hiking trail for those of you who enjoy the outdoors. It is a long hike but not difficult .
- Bear Sightings: If you miss out on seeing bear in the wild, there is always the “Three bears General Store” located at 2861 Parkway Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Established in 1979, Three Bears General Store in Pigeon Forge is a true destination. Located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, our 40,000 square feet store is a shopper’s paradise! Don’t forget to visit our live bear habitat where you can see and feed live bears in Pigeon Forge! Nestled inside, you will find our Make-UR-Bear Factory complete with outfits and accessories, a family-sized arcade packed full of fun and our very own 7 scene Ol’ Tyme Photo studio where you can jump on a Harley or sit a spell on our “Hillbilly” porch.
- Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the park and the whole east coast. It is only a .5 miles hike to the peak but it is very steep. The path is paved and wide enough for wheelchairs. On a clear day it has a 360 degree view of the park and surrounding states. Pick the clearest day on your stay if you plan on going here to maximize the view. The road leading to the dome is closed from December through March 31.
- White Water Rafting: We have not rafted here but we have had some great feedback from guests like you.
- Moonshine distillery’s is in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are a lot of fun. History of moonshine includes the Nascar connection, moonshine making view windows, actual moonshine transport vehicles, live music and of course many different kinds of moonshine taste testing. There are so many moonshine places cropping up all over town you can’t miss them. Our favorite is Sugarland and the original on, Ole Smoky in Gatlinburg but they all have their own characters.
- Horseback riding is also something we have not done but looks like fun. Here is a link for a place near the cabin.
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Have fun and let us know if you’ve done any of these (and let us know if there’s something you think should have made the list!)