Xtreme Racing Center in Pigeon Forge

Reviews are mixed.  The staff doesn’t seem to be as good as most places we have blogged about.  Most places rave about the staff.  There are rules you need to follow.  You can’t take the turns too fast, get too close to others, etc…  Some reviews say it is worth the cost and others say it is not.  Best for older teenagers and adults.  extremeracing2

Xtreme Racing Center in Pigeon Forge is dedicated to bringing guests the ultimate Pigeon Forge go kart experience with the choice of three thrilling courses! Totaling 3,500 linear feet, ‘Xtreme’ track is filled with winding turns, narrow straightaways and thrilling adventure as guests race inside one of the professional-grade Sodi GT-5 go karts. These karts are sure to create a memorable ride for all who visit.

https://www.xtremeracingcenterpigeonforge.com/

Gatlinburg’s LARGEST Family Fun Arcade Attraction

When I was young, we used to go to game rooms.  This was before everyone had gaming systems in their homes.  This game room brings back memories.

arcadia-in-gatlinburgEnjoy over 100 of the hottest games in this 25,000 square foot amusement center . Located below the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Arcadia was established in 2009.  Friendly staff will greet you, ready and eager to supply you with play cards for the ultimate gaming experience. You can pick up play cards purchased online, or use one of our many kiosks on location.

Delight yourself with a vast variety of amusement games, simulators, and activities. Earn as many tickets as you can and redeem them at the elite redemption counter.

http://gatlinburgarcade.com/

The Escape Game – Pigeon Forge

 

If you like to do puzzles and are up for a challenge I would highly recomThe Escape Game - Pigeon Forge, TN, United Statesmend this game.  Groups all work together to figure out the clues.  The staff is very friendly and helpful.  Don’t be afraid to ask them questions during the game too.  You may be paired with other groups if you have a small group.  Make your reservations in advanced and early.  If you don’t want to be with a lot of other people, perhaps doing an early escape room would work.

There are times you have to think out of the box.  Don’t be shy, every recommendation should be considered.  Leave no rock unturned.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

http://theescapegamepigeonforge.com/

112 Reagan Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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The Best Swimming Holes in Gatlinburg and The Great Smoky Mountains

 

Metcalf Bottoms Swimming Area

MetcalfbottomsswimmingThis picnic area located between Gatlinburg and Townsend offers great access to the Little Greenbrier River. Several shallow swimming holes are scattered along this picnic area. The area is wide and makes for a perfect spot to throw a tube into the water and relax. It’s also the perfect swimming area to have a nice picnic, with many tables sitting along the water. If you visit Metcalf Bottoms in summer and spend much time at the river it is likely you will spot at least one water snake (especially if you’re looking for them). The good news is that they are not poisonous and are actively afraid of people. So if you have a strong aversion to snakes you may want to stay out of the water here.

Just across the bridge from the picnic area is a trail that leads to the Little Greenbrier schoolhouse. The trail is only a half mile or so and leads through the woods. If you don’t want to walk off your picnic lunch you can also drive to the school. Just cross the bridge and follow the road about half a mile to a gravel road on the right leading to the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse.Greenbrier schoolhouse

The schoolhouse still contains the desks and blackboard left there when it was last in use in the 1930’s. Grades 1-8 were taught at Greenbrier school by a single teacher. During summer months in the past the National Park Service has offered presentations on mountain schooling. Information on the schedule should be available by the end of March. On the hillside just outside the schoolhouse you will find an old community cemetery.

If you have a few extra hours to spend in Metcalf Bottoms visit the Walker Sisters’ home site. The trailhead to their home is located off the parking lot for the Greenbrier Schoolhouse. The Walker SistersThe sisters were some of the last living residents inside what is now the National Park.  When the federal government decided to establish a national park in the Smokies the five sisters refused to sell their land. They eventually came to an agreement with the government whereby they sold their land but retained a lifetime lease on the property. The Walker sisters claimed their land produced everything they needed except sugar, coffee, soda and salt. And until the last sister passed away in 1964 they farmed the land while supplementing their efforts with the sale of souvenirs to tourists.

The Metcalf Bottoms are also close to many other attractions in the area, so you can fit in a swim, a picnic, a hike and even some antique shopping.  To get in some shopping before heading back to the cabin, take Lyons Spring Road to Wears Valley. Here you will experience beautiful mountain views, cute antique stores, and some small local shops.

Directions: Take US-441 into the park. At the Sugarlands Visitor Center turn right onto Little River Rd. toward Elkmont. Travel about six miles to the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area on the right.

Greenbrier Swimming Holes on the Little Pigeon River One of the clearest mountain rivers in the park, the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River flows through the Greenbrier area of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a favorite spot for tubers and swimmers to splash and play in the pristine pools that collect below small rapids.

Directions: From Gatlinburg at light #3, head east on Hwy 321. Travel for approximately 7 miles and turn right on Greenbrier Road. Swimming pools are located on your left along the road before you reach the ranger station.

The Sinks

The SinksLocal legend has it that there once was a logging train that derailed here and plummeted into the Little River. No train was ever recovered and since the mysterious crash occurred this area has been referred to as The Sinks. This is one of the easier swimming holes to access and as such is usually popular on hot summer days. The Sinks offers visitors a beautiful waterfall with small cliff and rocks that flow down into a reservoir  below.  This swimming hole is a mix of rapids and deep pools. Remember this area is very rocky,the waterfall is massive and there are often strong currents; be cautious and never go behind or around the waterfall as this is very dangerous.   The Sinks is a very rocky area with massive waterfalls and is a very dangerous swimming area.  This it the Smokies’ deepest swimming hole!

Take a relaxing drive through the mountains and enjoy your views on your way to. The view alone is worth the drive.

Directions:From the resort head southeast on Powdermill Rd toward Elk Spring Way, turn right to stay on Powdermill Rd, take a right onto Glades Rd for about 1.7 miles then turn right onto East Pkwy. Take a left onto US-441 S/Parkway until you reach Little River Road where you will turn right onto it.

The Chimney Top Trail

This swimming hole is for the adventurer and skilled hiker. The Chimney Top trail is one of the most popular hikes in the area and is great spot to enjoy a swim, beautiful mountain views, and a challenging 1,700 feet climb in a two mile radius (for more advanced hikers in good shape and not afraid of heights). For those of you who are just looking for a place to cool off, this is where you can enjoy the refreshing Little Pigeon River. There are plenty of rocks to jump off into the rivechimney topr, however, be sure that the water levels are high enough for jumping (average level runs about six to eight feet deep). Glide into the nice cool waters and enjoy a lovely picnic with your family. The cascading waters are calming and a great relax. If you’re there for the hike follow the trailhead and be prepared for an exciting and challenging excursion. This 2 mile hike is filled with a rocky ridge-line and once you reach the top a near 360 degree view that is stunning.

Directions: Head southeast on Powdermill Rd toward Elk Spring Way, Turn right to stay on Powdermill Rd, Turn right onto Glades Rd, Turn right onto East Pkwy, Turn left onto US-441 S/Parkway, Continue to follow US-441 S into the park and past the visitor center. Continue on the 441 S until you reach the entrance to the Chimneys picnic area and trailhead.

The Townsend Y Swimming Area

The Townsend Y Swimming areaThe Townsend Y is where the Little River and the Middle Prong of Little River join. Probably the most easily accessed and popular swimming hole, this wide pool is located provides fun for the whole family. Located just after the Townsend entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this swimming area provides plenty of water to play in. Visitors can also sunbathe or enjoy a great picnic on the sloping hill above the pools and watch as sightseers enter the park.

Directions: From Gatlinburg head North on US 441 for 8.4 miles. Take a left on Wears Valley Road and follow for 12 miles. Turn left on TN-73 until you reach the intersection of Little River and Laurel Creek Road.

Abrams Falls Swimming Hole

This waterfall and creek are named for Cherokee Chief Abram, or Abrams, whose village once stood several miles downstream. Located in Cades Cove, this swimming hole is a Kodak moment waiting to happen. Although Abrams falls is only 20 feet high, the large volume of water rushing over the falls makes up for its lack of height. The water plunges into a large 100-foot pool at the base that sparkles with laughter and light. While there is a bit of hike to this swimming hole, 2.5 miles from the trailhead, viewing Abrams Falls and lounging in the swimming hole make your arduous hike worth the effort. Don’t forget your camera and swimsuit for this picture perfect spot! AbramsFallsSwimmingHole

Directions: The turnoff to the trailhead that will take you to Abrams Falls is located past stop #10 on the Cades Cove Loop Road. To get to Cades Creek Loop Road from Gatlinburg head north on US 441 for 8.4 miles. Take a left on Wears Valley Road and follow for 12 miles. Turn left on TN-73 and follow into the park. When you reach the intersection of Little River and Laurel Creek Road turn right onto Laurel Creek Road and follow until it dead ends into Cades Cove Loop Road. http://www.pigeonforgetourism.com/swimmingholes#

Top 5 Swimming Holes In The Smokies

 

road trip: gatlinburg, tn

Great trip. It sounds like you had an awesome time. Great pictures too.

 

I believe you meant Clingman’s Dome when you said Cades Cove

MamaGr

the summer road trip continued. the drive from charlottesville, va to gatlinburg, tn was six hours.

we made it to gatlinburg without getting lost : ) we stayed at Smoky Bear Campground in the teddy bear cabin. it was thankfully not in the hubub of gatlinburg. it was tucked away off route 321. there were a few other cabins on the campground alongside rv’s and thee pool. our cabin had a loft, futon in the living room (for gr3 to sleep on), a kitchen, full bath, and bedroom. the bonus was the faux fireplace that gr3 fell in love with. he sat by it and watched the glow. he turned it on every chance he had.

the first full day we did the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. you could hear the “roar” of the water. we stopped at jim ogle’s log cabin, an old appalachian home where fellow…

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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore-Estate
George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. It was built between 1889 and 1895. A visit to the 8,000-acre estate in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina provides limitless activities. The Biltmore Estate consist of a house, gardens, Antler Hill Village, and the winery. The house and gardens are three miles from the front gate. Antler Hill Village & Winery are five miles from the house. Plan on 5-6 busy hours to see only the major attractions and have lunch. Plan on arriving early. Some attractions close as early as 3:30 on the off season. The Self Guided Main House Tour Offers The Best of Biltmore House. At 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] and featuring 250 rooms Biltmore is “The Largest Private Home in America”. It stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States. In 2007, it was ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects

The estate is about 2 hours from the Pigeon Forge area, but I have had some really good reviews from past cabin guests at “Nothin But Views” and family friends about the estate.

Address – 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Website – http://www.biltmore.com/

Bob Nelson Comedy Show

Bob Nelson Comedy Show
Watching Bob Nelson is like watching several different top comedians all rolled up in one. His family oriented comedy shows are filled with spontaneity and zaniness. Your entire family is certain to love this one of a kind comedy experience. The show is a good show without any foul language. He is funny without being offending. Bob does many different characters with an abundant amount of energy!

Address – 2115 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.bobnelsontheater.com/