The fall season is finally here and with it comes the cooler temps we have all been looking for and much more. One of our favorite parts of the fall season in Gatlinburg is getting spooky with Halloween. This holiday is always looked forward to by locals and visitors alike here. The city has several unique activities and events that makes for an exciting Halloween weekend each year. The same fun is ramping up for Gatlinburg this year making it an ideal time to visit for either the first or 10th time. Take a look at some things you can do for Halloween nearby in Gatlinburg and its surrounding areas:
Pigeon Forge Spooktacular
Halloween will always be holiday perfect for all ages to celebrate. Our love for Halloween started back when we were children enjoying our first trick or treating experience. When you visit Gatlinburg around Halloween, you can take your children for an exciting trick or treat experience with our neighbors in Pigeon Forge. This nearby town is just a few minutes away. Each year Pigeon Forge puts on their Spooktacular Halloween Event, an annual trick or treat experience that lets your family go trick or treating in an indoor setting. This year’s event will take place at the Pigeon Forge Community Center where local vendors and businesses will be in attendance handing out candy. Everyone in the family will also get to enjoy additional activities such as a haunted house and live entertainment. The Spooktacular Halloween Event is always free to attend. You can enjoy this year’s Spooktacular Halloween Event on October 28th from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Pigeon Forge Community Center.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
The Halloween season is the perfect time for horror buffs to find the perfect scary activity to enjoy. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is the area’s number one haunted house and is perfect for all ages in the family. This spooky attraction is huge at over 10,000 square feet and can be found right in Downtown Gatlinburg. A historic mansion is transformed into the spooky haunted house you will find yourself. Real actors await you around every corner to give you a fright but nothing too scary making it perfect for children too. Now that you have experienced Ripley’s Haunted Adventure you can also check out their other attractions in Gatlinburg including their Mirror Maze, 5D Moving Theatre, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and many more! You can enjoy Ripley’s Haunted Adventure as part of their Fright Nights Sunday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday and Saturday from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM for the entire month of October.
Kyker Farms Corn Maze
Another close community to Gatlinburg where you can enjoy fall themed activities is Sevierville. Kyker Farms will be hosting their enjoyable Corn Maze for the entire month of October. This all-ages event features all kinds of fun and excitement including hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and of course the corn maze. Since you are on the farm you can also expect some friendly animals too. Stop by Kyker Farms located at 938 Alder Branch Road in Sevierville for this all-ages experience.
Enjoy the SkyLift
One of Gatlinburg’s biggest attractions right here in the city can be found at the SkyLift. This gondola is a highlight of the city and takes you on an enjoyable ride up the mountain. The views from the SkyLift are absolutely incredible and need to be seen to be believed. Visiting Gatlinburg in the fall is a great way to get away from the large summer crowds. This means that you be able to ride the SkyLift (which is free!) whenever you want. This October you can also purchase tickets for the Smoky Mountain Sunrise at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. This early morning event lets you take in the views at sunrise for truly magical views. Guests will be able to hop on the SkyLift right before dawn and have complimentary coffee and live music on the SkyDeck. Best of all this event will also get you into an exclusive sneak peek at the SkyTrail which has yet to open to the public. The Smoky Mountain Sunrise will be taking place every Tuesday and Thursday of October; the SkyLift begins loading around 6:30 AM getting you up to the SkyDeck just in time for the sunrise!
More Fun for Halloween in Gatlinburg
As you can see, the fun does not end even during the fall season here in Gatlinburg. Make sure to start planning for your trip today to enjoy all of these exclusive activities for Halloween. The area will be absolutely beautiful with the leaves changing colors and cooler temperatures coming in. Book a rental today and enjoy Gatlinburg this fall.
With Gatlinburg being so close to Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can expect to enjoy plenty of wildlife watching experiences. The region is full of unique animals that roam around the many parks. Visitors can easily stumble across a critter or two during a hike around the mountain, or you can visit one of the many areas or join a tour that specifically look out for animals. Take a look at the best spots for wildlife watching right here in Gatlinburg:
Wildlife Viewing at Great Smoky Mountain National Park
If you want to view wildlife on your own your best bet will be over at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. This massive national park is the biggest attraction right here in Gatlinburg. The area is known for a variety of animals that can often be seen in the park including elk, white-tailed deer, black bear, turkeys, raccoons, woodchucks, and much more. While there are plenty of animals to see actually finding them can be a little difficult. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is covered with dense forest that makes wildlife watching more difficult than usual. There are open areas within the park that can make it easier. These areas include Cataloochee and Cades Cove that are perfect for a day hike before reaching your destination. Motorists can enjoy a leisurely drive along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail that often yields sightings of bears and elk.
When to Look for Them
Now that you know where to look, you may want to know the best times to look out for local wildlife. Many of the creatures found inside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are active at night. This means that your best bet at catching a viewing of an animal or two during park hours is in the morning and evening. Visitors should have binoculars on hand that will allow them to see the animals from a distance. Many of the animals are cautious of humans and will remain in hiding. Visitors are always highly encouraged to never approach or feed an animal. Doing so may lead the animal to no longer fearing human interactions; this can lead to possible situations that can become unpredictable and causing harm to the animal. Make sure to sit back patiently and remain quiet for your best chance to see these incredible animals out in the open. Animals may also be easier to spot in the winter season as the tree foliage has completely fallen. Plan your trip accordingly if wildlife viewing is at the top of your activity list.
Another great wildlife viewing that can be done in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is bird watching. The park sees over 240 different species of birds that frequent the area, many of which are native to the state of Tennessee. Different areas of the park will also feature different types of birds to look out for. The higher elevations of the treetops will have incredible birds such as the great horned owl, red-breasted nuthatch, and other birds of prey. The month of September often has broad-winged hawks soaring around looking for their next meal. Cades Cove is known for incredible wildlife viewing and you can probably see wild turkeys in the area. These flightless birds travel in packs and can always be heard when nearby.
Guided Tours of the Area
Heading out on your own is always a fun and exciting way to see local wildlife in and around Gatlinburg. However, if you are a novice, it might be difficult finding the areas we have indicated. The best way to get to know the park better is by booking a guided tour. While most tours of the area do not specifically provide wildlife viewing tours these hiking tours can help you traverse the area with a guide. A Walk in the Woods offers award-winning tours of the Smoky Mountains. Their selection of half-day hikes takes you to areas such as Blue Creek Cascades, Eastern Hemlocks, and Clingman’s Dome among others. Expect to be out on your hike for approximately 4 to 5 hours on each trek. Your tour guide will know everything about the area including wildlife that often frequents the trails. Let the trusted professionals help you get to know the area better so you can feel more comfortable wildlife viewing on your own.
Your Time in Gatlinburg
As you can see, there are plenty of ways for you to get out and see the incredible wildlife that live in and around Gatlinburg. The best way for you to enjoy your stay is by booking one of our vacation rental properties here in the area. You will have access to luxury amenities and spacious homes for a memorable time in the area.
When you plan a destination vacation, you do not want to be holed up inside somewhere, wondering what it looks like outdoors. Instead, get out and explore the area around you! This holds true when you travel to Gatlinburg, whether it’s for the first or 100th time. Gatlinburg offers up a variety of outdoor attractions that provide a thrilling experience so you can enjoy the weather and views. Take a look at the top outdoor attractions in Gatlinburg:
For incredible outdoor fun there is nothing better than a visit to Anakeesta. This outdoor theme park is the perfect spot to easily spend the day having fun outdoors. Anakeesta is all about having your own adventure, as it includes exciting activities such as gondola rides, zip lining courses, a giant treetop play area, a garden walk, an observation tower, and so much more. This is the largest outdoor attraction in the Smoky Mountains and does not disappoint when you visit. Make sure to visit Anakeesta during each return trip to Gatlinburg, as they are always adding new additions to the park such as their outdoor coasters.
Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster
Speaking of coasters, you will have an absolute blast when you visit Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster during your next visit. This outdoor roller coaster features single cars so you can ride on your own as you zip around the many turns. You will be thrust into a forested area with beautiful views all around you. Experience the thrill of speed from start to finish. Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster is great for all ages and even has a nighttime ride!
Gatlinburg Space Needle
Seattle is not the only city with its own Space Needle observation tower. That’s right, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is right here in the city and is a great outdoor observation tower to visit. Ride up to the top, where you will be 407 feet above the ground on an outdoor observation area. Visiting the Gatlinburg Space Needle is a great way to get a 360 view of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
The views of Gatlinburg only get better the higher up you go. During your next visit, make sure to head over to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park for a truly adventurous time. The namesake of the park is the SkyLift, a gigantic ski lift that will take you over 1,000 feet up in elevation to an observation area. The views up here truly remarkable and can be considered one of the best places for a quick photo shoot. One of the more recent additions to SkyLift Park is the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country. This long bridge even features glass panels out in the middle of the bridge so you can look down right below you. Don’t let your fear of heights make you avoid this once in a lifetime opportunity found only at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park.
Don’t forget to stop by one of Gatlinburg’s most popular attractions, Ober Gatlinburg. This outdoor amusement park is full of fun and excitement for the whole family. Ober Gatlinburg features a wide variety of activities that change with the season. Ride on the aerial tramway for incredible views. Go rock climbing on the rock climbing walls. Take on a round of O’Bears Mini Golf with the family. Ice bumper cars are a family friendly activity along with ice skating. The Alpine Slide is possible the most famous activity here at Ober Gatlinburg, as guests can race each other down a sled-like slide. There is no end to the fun right here at Ober Gatlinburg.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Of course, when you come visit Gatlinburg, you cannot miss the opportunity to explore the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This vast national park offers up something for everyone to see and do during your stay. Relax with a picnic by the riverside. Go hiking or mountain biking down on the many trails that winds up and down the park. Many of these trails will take you by lush waterfalls that feed into the rivers. Fishing is always a relaxing time here at the park, especially if you book a fly fishing charter to show you around. Keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife that call the park home including elk, turkeys, black bears, woodchucks, and many more; we recommend going wildlife viewing in the winter when all the trees have fallen making it easier to see!
Plenty of Outdoor Fun in Gatlinburg
There is no shortage to the amount of fun you can have here in Gatlinburg when you spend time outdoors. Make sure to plan for your stay by reserving one of our vacation rentals here in the area.
There are plenty of reasons why individuals travel from all over the world to reach Gatlinburg. Our vacation destination is home to the Smoky Mountains that provide us with a variety of outdoor activities. There is no more popular outdoor activity to enjoy in the area than hiking. Gatlinburg features miles upon miles of beautiful trails that will take you all over the area. Take a look at some of our favorite Gatlinburg hiking trails:
Some hikes are worth the effort to make it to the top of the trail and back. One of the most beautiful hikes in all of the Smoky Mountains can be found on the trail leading up to Ramsey Cascades. This is the highest waterfall that can be accessed inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the views are worth every step. The total length of the trail is approximately 4 miles, making it an 8-mile round trip. Overall, the trail finds an elevation gain of 2,000 feet, so expect a strenuous hike that is most appropriate for experienced hikers. As mentioned, the trail is well worth the effort and will have you passing by flowing rivers, beautiful hardwood forest, and eventually the Ramsey Cascades themselves. Do not pass up the opportunity to see this beauty for yourself!
Another popular trail inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that will take you by beautiful waterfalls is the path to Abrams Falls. This hike is a bit shorter, at only 5 miles in total for a round trip, and the elevation gain is minimal, making it perfect for moderate hiking. The trail itself will have you walking along the Cades Cove, where you can see rhododendron and pine and oak trees. Abrams Falls is only 20 feet tall when you find it, but the amount of water flowing from it is staggering. Make sure to take caution if you plan on taking a dip in the water, as the tides can be fierce.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Why settle on just one waterfall during a trek up a hiking trail when you can find two? That is exactly the point when you take on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, also found inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trail features separate destinations depending on which end you go down. The side taking you to the Rainbow Falls will reward you with an 80-foot-tall waterfall that towers over everything around it. The other side will take you to the Trillium Gap Trail that will lead you to the 25-foot-high Grotto Falls that you can walk behind; don’t forget your camera phone, as you can take some incredible pics standing behind this waterfall! There is nothing better than having multiple options when you choose this nearby trail.
Laurel Falls Trail
Not all hiking trails need to be challenging to enjoy a rewarding view. When you are inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, look forward to the Laurel Falls Trail. This local trail is only 2.4 miles in length and has a minor elevation gain at 396 feet. Laurel Falls Trail is a paved path, so anyone can join you on the trek to the falls. This is the perfect place for a relaxing walk and is accessible all year long. Laurel Falls Trail is often crowded due to its easy nature, so plan ahead for an early morning or late evening hike when less people are out and about.
Charlies Bunion via Appalachian Trail
During the warmer summer months in Gatlinburg, you can explore the beautiful hills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by taking the Appalachian Trail. We all learned about the Appalachian Trail back in elementary school, and it can still be accessed right here. Specifically, the trek to Charlies Bunion will have you out on an all-day trek traversing over Mount Ambler, Mount Kephart, and Masa Knob. As you hike up and down the rolling hills, travel over 8 miles in total to and from the end of the trail. This hike is especially known for the beautiful wildflowers that grow just along the trail. Locals recommend sticking to the months of April through October as snow can be present on the trails during other parts of the year.
Book Your Stay in Gatlinburg
As you can see, there are plenty of incredible trails found in and around Gatlinburg that will give you plenty to see and do during your stay. Make the most out of your journey by reserving one of our rental cabins in the area. You will experience authentic cabin living with fine amenities right here in Gatlinburg!
At Kaizen Rentals, we’re a team of professionals proud to do things differently. Homeowners who partner with us to elevate their property to the next level of rental success know from day one that we have their back. Our passion for quality property management is only rivaled by our desire to make sure that every guest that steps through the door of a home we manage enjoys an exceptional stay. Personalized care is a foundation we’re built on and we always look to develop meaningful relationships with the homeowners we partner with who entrust us with their significant investments.
When it comes to great property management, we don’t view the process as individual details. Instead, it’s a comprehensive experience that accounts for all of those moments that matter leading up to a great stay! That’s why we’re happy to handle everything for the homeowners we work with. This includes initial property evaluations, integrated marketing strategies, and the customer service efforts that allow guests to know they’re a priority at all times.
While guest expectations may vary and properties may require changes to be more appealing to a wider audience, the consistent variables that are always a primary focus at Kaizen Rentals are maintenance and cleaning standards. For us, it’s absolutely essential to make sure every property we manage is meticulously maintained and cleaned to superior levels at all times. This is a significant benefit to homeowners who care about their investment, but just as important in helping guests feel safe, secured, and valued when they pick our properties to enjoy a great getaway.
An unwavering commitment to quality leads the way to our success at Kaizen Rentals. The maintenance services we provide for the homeowners we work with are no exception to that rule. While we have an established plan in place for making regular maintenance a must at all of our properties, we also understand that life happens. Whether maintenance is needed during a guest stay or outside of regular inspection times, we can handle that as well.
At Kaizen Rentals, we’re proud to partner with a trusted and thoroughly vetted third-party maintenance provider who is ready and waiting to answer the call and keep our properties in top condition at all times. While this local relationship is a testament to our community integration, it’s also a surefire way to keep the properties we manage standing out from the crowd in terms of quality standards.
Each property on our lineup enjoys a regularly scheduled quarterly maintenance inspection. Homeowners are always made aware of this maintenance schedule and in this way, can anticipate receiving a full report on findings and potential adjustments needed. A quarterly inspection is a thorough and detailed look at the entire home including the exterior. Maintenance technicians look for issues that require immediate attention but also point out areas that could be problematic down the line. This allows our team and the homeowners we partner with to stay ahead of the maintenance curve and avoid unpleasant surprises too. Upon request, these maintenance evaluations can be available to guests with any concerns regarding safety or maintenance specifics.
In addition to those quarterly inspections, our maintenance team is also available 24/7 to handle any maintenance emergencies or issues that could arise. These are handled promptly whether a guest is occupying the property or not. At Kaizen Rentals, great maintenance standards aren’t a luxury, they’re built into the character of our company!
Bringing guests back to a property time and again rests heavily with our ability to provide them with a fun and inviting experience. That said, a safe and healthy stay is always a top priority and at Kaizen Rentals, we believe it begins and ends with cleaning standards.
We don’t cut corners when it comes to the health and safety of our properties and guests. To that end, we partner with a local third-party cleaning company to ensure that every property we manage enjoys consistent and elevated cleaning standards at all times. Our cleaning team is charged with maximizing the use of highly effective disinfectants throughout the home and closely follows CDC guidelines in an ever-changing environment of rules and regulations related to health. Every single dish a home hosts is washed thoroughly after every stay, even if it’s already been washed by a guest. Additionally, a 24-hour time gap is enforced between all bookings to allow for meticulous cleaning and time between occupancy.
Reach Out to Kaizen Rentals Today
Whether you’re searching for an amazing rental property to enjoy while you’re on a getaway, or you’re looking to take your rental business to the next level of excellence, Kaizen Rentals is here to help. Reach out to our team today to learn more about our many services and how we can help you!
If you live in Gatlinburg or nearby Pigeon Forge, you are probably familiar with how the area brings in thousands of visitors each year. Gatlinburg is one of the finest tourist destinations in the state with the Smoky Mountains and other amazing attractions found nearby. Although there are local hotels and resorts, many visitors stay in fine vacation homes just like yours whenever they are not used by the owners. This allows the property owners to earn extra money from their property rather than going unused during certain parts of the year. If you too would like to earn more, look no further than Kaizen and our comprehensive Gatlinburg property management services. Our services will help you earn top dollar while taking care of your property all throughout the year. Take a look at how Kaizen’s property management services can keep your home clean and bringing in additional money during the year:
Smoky Mountains Property Management
There are many individuals here in Gatlinburg who only stay during certain parts of the year. If you too only live in your property during certain seasons, you can utilize our property management services to host it as a rental property. Our team will showcase your home on our vacation rental site. All of the incredible features of your home will be detailed so potential guests can know what to expect. Allowing us to host your home on our listing site will allow your vacation home to pay for itself and more! Owning a property can be an expensive venture, especially if you own more than one, so let your unused home help you bring in more money throughout the year. Kaizen’s property management services will take care of everything you need for a successful listing that brings in passive income.
Take Care of All Your Property Needs
You may have browsed vacation rental websites such as Airbnb and seen how poorly some homes can appear. These types of homeowners do not have a comprehensive property management service behind them to help them stage their home well. Having your home appear the best it can brings in more potential clients than ever, increasing your return on investment. Staging your home inside and outside will have it looking the best it ever has. Once everything is ready to go, we can host your property on our vacation rental website as well as other listing channels such as Airbnb. Potential clients will see everything that makes the property so incredible, bringing them back time after time.
Most Experience in the Gatlinburg Area
Kaizen has been around for years, showcasing some of the finest properties in the entire area. Our selection of vacation homes and cabins is second to none and will not be outdone by any other management service. Simply take a look for yourself at our listings that provide everything from recommendations, property care, and everything else your potential clients need. Once you join our exclusive listings of unique properties, you too can see more cash flow every year. Happy guests and property owners are what makes Kaizen’s property management services so successful.
Cleaning and Landscape Services
Just staging your home and having it available on our listing for potential clients is only the beginning of our property management services. We handle all aspects of your property, so you have nothing to worry about. This includes making sure the home is professionally cleaned before and after any guest stay. Potential guests will not have to worry about an unkept home, especially after the health crisis the world has recently experienced. Everything will be professionally cleaned so there is nothing to worry about. Our property management services also include the exterior of your home as well. No one wants to stay in a vacation rental that has a dingy exterior; our landscape team will make sure the home is in top shape all year long. Now you will not have to worry about finding a landscaper while you are out of town! Our property management team makes it easy for our property owners to make a return on investment while resting easy as they know they are in good hands.
Choose the Kaizen Property Management Team
As you can see, our property management team has no rivals. Check out our listing of current vacation rentals so you can get an idea of how your property can be listed. Get ready to earn more money from your rental property with Kaizen!
Nestled in the Smoky Mountains, millions of people visit the premier vacation destination of Gatlinburg each year. Gatlinburg is full of fun attractions, activities, and restaurants that make for a fun-filled vacation destination year-round. Since Gatlinburg is packed with amazing things to do, it can be a pretty intimidating place to plan a trip. To help guide you through the dos and don’ts of this amazing Southern gem, here is a guide to the best activities, food, shopping, and accommodations in all of Gatlinburg.
Local Attractions and Activities in Gatlinburg
There are loads of local attractions and activities in Gatlinburg, but we have narrowed down our list to the best few that you won’t want to miss in our Gatlinburg travel guide.
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a forested region with skyscraping mountains that reach more than 6,500 feet high. The central range of the Appalachians run east to west and provide pristine views of the natural beauty that surround the area. The Smokies get their name from the mist that frequently rises out of the valleys and creates a one-of-a-kind view. For those who love to get outside and experience nature, this National Park is a must visit. Travelers come to this park year-round and enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and more. In total there are more than 900 miles of hiking trials that run across the park. Many visitors to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park also come for the fishing and winter sports that vary on the time of year you visit. Make sure that your trip begins at the visitor’s center, where they offer guides and maps to the area and allow for easy access to the most scenic areas.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is a much loved local set of attractions that feature exotic collections of the strange and unique. One of their best attractions is actually a more informative collection of exotic marine life. The Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies highlights many exotic creatures from around the world and features exhibits on various marine life. Highlights include a submerged acrylic tunnel that allows visitors to see sharks and other ocean predators up close and interactive exhibits, including the always popular “touch a ray bay.” One of our favorite experiences is the penguin exhibits. You can sign up for one of their activities that include swimming with the sting rays, a glass bottom boat ride through the exhibit, or even touching one of their penguins. Other Ripley’s attractions in the area include Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and the Guinness World Records Museum.
One of the most beautiful areas of the Smoky Mountains lies just outside of Gatlinburg and was named after the area’s once dominant sugar maples trees. The Sugarlands is an extremely popular day trip destination from Gatlinburg. The area stretches from the Roaring Fork in the east to Sugarland Mountain in the west and is overlooked by the 5,000-foot Mount le Conte. The Sugarlands are extremely popular among avid hikers when the leaves change in October and create a truly magical view. One of the most popular hiking trails is the Old Sugarlands Trail, open to hikers and horse riders. A gentler trail leads from the Sugarlands Visitor Center and loops past the John Ownby Cabin, built in 1860. Not far away is Noah Ogle Place, a former homestead with an old barn, cabin, and mill. Another popular hike through the Sugarlands, one that’s great for families, is the trail to Cataract Falls. This 25-foot-tall waterfall is a great end to a small and easy hike from the visitor’s center at the Sugarlands.
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood
Considered one of the world’s premier theme parks, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood combines the rides, food, and entertainment of a theme park with a distinct Southern charm, all surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Dollywood starts with its incredible lineup of live artists performing various musical acts, including country, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll, and Appalachian music. Along with the rich musical heritage, Dollywood also showcases some of the Smoky Mountains amazing crafts like glass blowing and blacksmithing. To capture the attention of the thrill seekers out there, Dollywood is also the home to over 40 different rides and attractions that vary enough to entertain all ages. These amazing attractions include the Lightning Rod, Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury, Barnstormer, Daredevil Falls, Thunderhead, and more. The Lightning Rod is the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, The Wild Eagle is the country’s first wing roller coaster, and the FireChaser Express is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster.
In addition to the year-round entertainment options, Dollywood also hosts some of the South’s largest festivals. The Festival of Nations is a fascinating multi-cultural celebration featuring traditional music, dance, food, and art of nations from around the globe. Enjoy Dollywood’s Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival in the spring and the Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights in the fall, offering delightful concerts and tasty foods that highlight the changing of the seasons.
The best seasonal offering is the Dollywood Splash Country. This is Dollywood’s take on the traditional waterpark. The park is full of amazing water attractions for the whole family. The water park is also open later for a nightly fireworks extravaganza. These are amazing options for great summer and fall attractions while in Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg Restaurant Guide
Gatlinburg is well known for attractions and natural beauty, but its restaurants are just as amazing. Here are some of the best restaurants we recommend in Gatlinburg.
Southern Comfort at Westgate Mountain Resort and Water Park
Southern Comfort is a pristine representation of comfort food. The restaurant lies on the grounds of the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Water Park and features all of your Southern classics. If you are a fried chicken lover, their Southern Fried Chicken and Biscuit is made with tender, juicy bone-in chicken and served with straight out of the oven biscuits and grilled watermelon. The Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf is another prize on their menu we can’t say enough about because it tastes as good as it looks. Just imagine grilled meatloaf wrapped in crispy delicious bacon goodness. Finally, you have to try the Creole Jambalaya and the Chicken and Dumplings on their homecooked menu. These two favorites cover the homecooked staples of any good Southern kitchen. When you are all finished with your meal, make sure to hit up the amazing water park to cool off in the pool and a load of extra attractions.
Cliff Top at Anakeesta
This amazing dinner with a view is a must visit while you are in Gatlinburg. Cliff Top at Anakeesta requires admission to Anakeesta to dine there, but the added cost is well worth it. Guests will board a scenic gondola and ride up to the top of the mountain where you will be surrounded by pristine views of the Smokies. Cliff Top is located in the Black Bear Village area of the attraction. Cliff Top serves up modern American cuisine for guests to enjoy while they take in the views of Mount Le Conte. When booking your reservation for this amazing dining spot, you are able to choose to dine inside or outside on the patio. Both areas offer amazing views of the mountain scenery surrounding the restaurant. After you eat, make sure you grab one other Cliff Top’s amazing desserts to eat while you watch the sunset.
Pancake Pantry is one of the best Gatlinburg restaurants in the downtown area. This amazing little breakfast spot is Tennessee’s oldest pancake house and has been a local favorite for years. Pancake Pantry serves both breakfast and lunch options, but their pancakes are the star of the show. Their menu features amazing takes on classic pancakes including peach, blueberry, buttermilk, and whole wheat varieties to name a few. Pancake Pantry also has an amazing selection of waffles as well, which include some of our favorites in their pecan and strawberry. Other popular menu items include their large egg omelets, traditional egg breakfast platters, and more.
The Peddler Steakhouse
The Peddler Steakhouse has become a Gatlinburg institution to which many locals and visitors alike flock to get their meat fix. The Peddler Steakhouse is built in the former home of Chares “Earl” Ogle Sr., a fourth-generation merchant from Gatlinburg. In 1958, Ogle and his wife constructed their dream home on the banks of the Little Pigeon River from old county cabins. Ogle was the descendant of some of Gatlinburg’s oldest founders, including Noah Ogle, who established the city’s first grocery store. The dream house was converted to preserve its historic value and opened as this amazing restaurant in 1976. This little piece of Gatlinburg history serves up some of the most delicious cuts of steak around. They perfectly pair classic Southern favorites like fried dill pickles with upscale options like filet mignon to create a comforting yet sophisticated experience. This amazing restaurant will fill you up with great meals and leave you with amazing stories for years to come. This is definitely a must-visit spot during your stay in Gatlinburg.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg, TN
Most people probably think of the popular tourist destination of Gatlinburg and immediately jump to staying in a hotel or some kind of resort, but we are here to tell you that there are better ways of staying in this amazing town. If you are staying in a resort or hotel, you would be missing out on the best options for your vacation. A vacation rental is really the best way to stay in Gatlinburg and get the most out of your vacation!
Vacation rentals allow guests to book an entire home rather than just a small hotel or resort room at a comparative price to the large resorts and hotels around Gatlinburg, but with many more customizable options. Our cabins in Gatlinburg provide you with amazing amenities and customizable experiences depending on your needs. You can filter your options buy searching for number of rooms, amenity options, or location to make sure you are getting the most out of your trip to Gatlinburg.
Save Some Money Eating at Home
The biggest complaint we hear when people are planning their vacation is that they have to spend so much money on food. Your food budget is a sneaky cost that will probably eat up a bunch of your overall budget. With a vacation rental you have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal which saves you money. Having a full kitchen is an underrated feature of the vacation rental since it allows you to cook your own meals rather than being forced to eat out for every meal. Guests are free to bring their own food with them or visit one of the local grocery stores to stock up on your favorites and save money eating at home. Gatlinburg has a lot of great dining options which you should try, but just cooking the occasional meal at home will save you money to spend elsewhere. This includes eating at fancier restaurants or even extending your trip for an extra day.
Extra Amenities Included
Vacation rentals also include premium upgrades that you will never get with a resort or hotel option. These extra amenities can include in home movie theaters, pools and spas on property, large outdoor decks and much more. You can check out all these extra options to see what amenities will work with your Gatlinburg vacation. Our goal is to make sure you have the best Gatlinburg vacation that we can possibly provide!
Pigeon Forge is nestled in the Smoky Mountains and is a pristine vacation destination for millions of people every year. Pigeon Forge is a year-round family friendly vacation destination that is full of fun activities and amazing restaurants. From thrilling attractions to award-winning shows and countless dining options, Pigeon Forge can be an intimidating place to plan your next vacation when you don’t know what is available and don’t want to miss out on the best activities and attractions in the area. To help out your efforts to plan your amazing Pigeon Forge vacation, here is our ultimate Pigeon Forge travel guide to the top activities, dining, shopping, and accommodations in all of Pigeon Forge.
Local Attractions and Activities in Pigeon Forge
There are loads of local attractions and activities in Pigeon Forge, and the following options are our can’t-miss picks for a memorable getaway to the area.
Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park
This amazing combination of theme park and adventure show is an amazing way to spend your vacation. Guests are able to transform into a lumberjack and compete in their own lumberjack competitions. At Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Adventure Park, there are plenty of rides and activities. There is the Flying Ox, the world’s first and only cable to rail zipline roller coaster which sails guests through the sky; The High Woodsman Challenge, a multi-level obstacle course; and many more logger sports challenges like log rolling, speed climbing, and the boom run. Lastly, the park includes the 80-foot Timber Towers, where you can try four controlled jump elements that are sure to make your stomach drop. Along with the amazing attractions, you should be sure to check out the amazing axe and lumberjack shows that display high-energy axe throwing, chopping, sawing, speed climbing, log rolling, and other competitive events. Audience members can participate in an exciting, interactive experience on stage, with a special intermission event just for kids.
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede combines both attraction and dining to make an amazing dinner show. You will watch over thirty different horses and a cast of skilled riders that will thrill you with feats of trick riding and friendly competition. The show crescendos into an emotional musical conclusion that is set to the patriotic salute to the Red, White, and Blue. This musical conclusion includes “Color Me America,” a song written and recorded by Dolly Parton herself. Along with the show you will be treated to a four-course meal that meets all of your Southern food must eats. The menu includes the Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup and cheddar biscuit, mouth watering rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, hot buttered corn on the cob, tasty herb basted potatoes, a specialty dessert, and all you can drink soft drinks and sodas. If you want to see the horses ahead of time, make sure you get there early to see the open-air stables. You can see the horses used in the show close up and talk to the amazing equine stars of the show.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster
The Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is not your normal mountain gravity coaster, but an entire family friendly experience. The coaster grounds include over 20 acres of beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery and is the home of the longest coaster in eastern Tennessee. The coaster itself features plenty of turns, tunnels, curves and 360 degree turns, and reaches speeds of up to 30 MPH. You will want to make sure you check out this amazing attraction at night where the incredible lights will light your ride through the thrill-packed mountain excursion.
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood
Considered one of the world’s premier theme parks, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood combines the rides, food, and entertainment of a theme park with a distinct Southern charm that is surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains.
Dollywood starts with its incredible lineup of live artists performing various musical acts including country, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll, and Appalachian music. Along with the rich musical heritage, Dollywood also showcases some of the Smoky Mountains’ amazing crafts like glass blowing and blacksmithing. To capture the attention of the thrill-seekers out there, Dollywood is also the home to over 40 different rides and attractions that vary enough to entertain all ages.
These amazing attractions include the Lightning Rod, Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express, Mystery Mine, Blazing Fury, Barnstormer, Daredevil Falls, Thunderhead, and more. The Lightning Rod is the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, The Wild Eagle is the country’s first wing roller coaster, and the FireChaser Express is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster.
In addition to the year-round entertainment options, Dollywood also hosts some of the South’s largest festivals. The Festival of Nations is a fascinating multi-cultural celebration featuring traditional music, dance, food, and art of nations from around the globe. Enjoy Dollywood’s Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival in the spring and the Harvest Festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights in the fall, offering delightful concerts and tasty foods that highlight the changing of the seasons. The best seasonal offering is the Dollywood Splash Country. This is Dollywood’s take on the traditional waterpark. The park is full of amazing water attractions for the whole family. The water park is also open later for a nightly fireworks extravaganza. These are amazing options for great summer and fall attractions while in Pigeon Forge.
Pigeon Forge Restaurant Guide
Pigeon Forge is well known for its attractions and natural beauty, but its restaurants are just as amazing. Here are some of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
If you are planning a family vacation in Pigeon Forge, there is no better place to grab a meal than Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. This Southern restaurant is located in Pigeon Forge and in close proximity to the town’s amazing accommodations. The restaurant is split between two floors. The dining area upstairs is the perfect spot to enjoy a meal with a view of the Island Show Fountain below. The ground level also has ample seating options and a distinctly Southern décor. Guests can grab a bit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a family style meal. The dinner menu includes things like Southern fried chicken, spare ribs, Southern style meatloaf, baked mac and cheese, squash casserole, and much more. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a must-visit family eatery in Pigeon Forge.
Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant
The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant is located in Sevierville and is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Along with every meal ordered, you will get delicious scratch made apple fritter, apple butter, and apple julep. For breakfast, you have to try their famous Smoky Mountain Biscuit Benedict, which are fresh made biscuits topped with tender ham and two farm fresh eggs, smothered with country sausage gravy and served with home fried potatoes. Our favorite lunch option at this amazing restaurant is their Orchard Salad. This amazing fresh option includes crisp greens with grilled chicken, apple relish, dried cranberries, and more. For dinner, you can never go wrong with four pieces of the Applewood Famous Southern Fried Chicken, a garden salad, mashed potatoes, your choice of Farmhouse soup, a Farmhouse side, and dessert.
The Old Mill Restaurant
The Old Mill Restaurant is tucked away off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and provides you with classic Southern cuisine. No matter if its breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will quickly see why this amazing restaurant is constantly listed as a top restaurant in Pigeon Forge. As you walk in, the smell of freshly baked bread hits you like a ton of bricks and your mouth instantly begins to water. You’ll enjoy great Southern classics like country fried steak, sugar cured ham, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and more. All dinners are served family style with fresh veggies. You will probably want to eat multiple meals at this amazing establishment.
Junction 35 Spirits and Kitchen
Junction 35 is a newer restaurant in Pigeon Forge, but it’s taking the scene by storm. Located at the Tower Shops in the Mountain Mile district, Junction 35 is a distillery, kitchen, bar, and gift shop all wrapped up into one. Junction 35 handcrafts each spirit in house and offers a fully stocked gift shop so you can take a bottle with you when you leave. The kitchen’s menu offers a full assortment of delicious barbecue, wings, and burgers so diverse that anyone can find something that fits their culinary desires. In addition to their vast menu, you can try their line of cocktails made in house with their distilled spirits. This is a must visit spot, especially if you are a fan of craft spirits.
Apple Valley Creamery
To top off your culinary excursion through Pigeon Forge, you will need to indulge in some amazing dessert options too. Apple Valley Creamery is located in the historic Apple Barn and Cider Mill and offers craft confections for your sweet tooth. Apple Valley Creamery makes all of their ice cream by hand from the best ingredients. They also utilize all local fruits and products to make their ice cream. Along with the traditional scoops, you will find amazing milkshakes, banana splits, and handmade bread at the creamery. One of our favorites is the deep dish apple pie with the award-winning Smoky Mountain fudge. Visit this awesome dessert shop and you will instantly see how this historic shop is constantly rated best in town.
Places to Stay in Pigeon Forge
Most people probably think of the popular tourist destination of Pigeon Forge and immediately jump to staying in a hotel or some kind of resort, but we are here to tell you that there are better ways of staying in this amazing town. If you are staying in a resort or hotel, you would be missing out on the best options for your vacation. A vacation rental is really the only way to properly stay in Pigeon Forge and get the most out of your vacation.
Vacation rentals allow guests to book an entire home rather than just a small hotel or resort room. Our cabins in Pigeon Forge offer guests a comparative price to the large resorts and hotels in the area, but with many more customizable options. These vacation rentals are available all over Pigeon Forge and provide you with amazing amenities and customizable experiences depending on your needs.
The biggest complaint we hear when people are planning their vacation is that they have to spend so much money on food. Your food budget is a sneaky cost that will probably eat up a bunch of your overall budget. With a vacation rental, you have a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal which saves you money. Having a full kitchen is an underrated feature of the vacation rental since it allows you to cook your own meals rather than being forced to eat out for every meal. Guests are free to bring their own food with them or visit one of the local grocery stores to stock up on their favorites. Pigeon Forge has a lot of great dining options which you should try, but just cooking the occasional meal at home will save you money to spend elsewhere; this includes eating at fancier restaurants or even extending your trip for an extra day!
Vacation rentals also include premium upgrades that you will never get with a resort or hotel option. You can check out all of these extra options on our website to see what amenities will work with your Pigeon Forge vacation. Our goal is to make sure you have the best Pigeon Forge vacation that we can possibly provide!
There are many destinations that are perfect for a romantic getaway for two or to simply escape with your family. One of these destinations is right on our doorsteps out here in the Smoky Mountains. If you want to experience cabin life but do not want an expansive room with too much space for you, we have the perfect Smoky Mountains cabin rental picked out. Our selection of privately owned vacation cabins offers a luxury stay that will keep you close to the mountains here in Tennessee. This selection includes our Baby Bear Cabin, our studio cabin that uses all of its space to make sure you have a comfortable stay. Take a look at what is available in this popular vacation cabin:
Authentic Smoky Mountains Cabin Rental
When you first arrive at Baby Bear Cabin, you will notice that it is an authentic log cabin. Each of our rental cabins sets themselves apart from all of the other rental properties in the area. A spacious driveway allows you to park your vehicle and easily access the home. The entryway does feature a small staircase to climb to enter the home. Beautiful forest scenery surrounds the home and offers incredible views from the patio.
Small But Cozy
Baby Bear Cabin does not offer thousands of square feet in space but instead makes use of everything at its disposal. When you enter Baby Bear Cabin, you will be inside the open floor plan that connects the home together. The home is designed with natural wood flooring and wall paneling, continuing the authentic cabin feel. A cozy living area can be found in the corner that features a plush loveseat. A gas fireplace helps keep the Smoky Mountains cabin rental cozy and warm during the colder months of the year. Above that you will find a flat screen TV that will help you unwind with plenty of programming options. Kick back and relax as you unwind from another exciting day of exploring the Smoky Mountains.
On the other side of the room, you will find a spacious kitchenette that has everything you need to keep you fed over the trip. The cabinets have plenty of cooking ware to help you prepare a meal for you and your loved one. Full size appliances let you cook and store whichever ingredients you purchase for your stay. A coffee maker can be used during your stay for that necessary morning cup of joe to help kick start your day. A coffee table located in front of the living area loveseat is the perfect spot to enjoy your meal together especially as the fireplace is going.
Since Baby Bear Cabin is a studio cabin you can expect to find the “bedroom” connected to the rest of the home. Baby Bear Cabin features a plush mattress with enough space for two. Fine linens are included during your stay and are thick enough to keep you warm all winter long. The bed is situated within viewing of the flat screen TV in case you need something to help you fall asleep to. Nightstands with lamps are found on both sides of the bed giving you plenty of reading light.
The bathroom inside Baby Bear Cabin is a private room found just beside the sleeping area. You will find a full-size vanity sink and walk-in shower to help you rinse off and prepare for another exciting day in the area. The best part of the bathroom is actually found outside of the room itself. Back in the living area of the home you will find a spacious soaking tub. This is the perfect way to unwind after a day of hiking the area and letting your muscles relax. Bath mats can be found in front of the tub, so you do not get water anywhere else. Now that is some next level comfort available only in Baby Bear Cabin.
Baby Bear Cabin is in the perfect location to help you enjoy your stay in the Smoky Mountains. The cabin itself has incredible views of the Smoky Mountains so you know they are close. Nearby attractions include the Titanic Museum that is just 10 miles away, Cades Cove that is just 30 miles away, and Pigeon Forge that is only 7 miles away. Pigeon Forge is your one stop by incredible shopping and entertainment during your stay. Locally owned restaurants offer unique dining experiences only found here. There are plenty of hiking trails that any outdoor enthusiast will love to explore. There is no shortage of fun out here in the Smoky Mountains!
Book Your Stay Today in the Smoky Mountains
As you can see, Baby Bear Cabin is the perfect vacation cabin for a cozy stay here in the Smoky Mountains. This rental goes quick, so make sure to book fast for your upcoming travels!
If you need an excuse to escape home for an exciting summer getaway, look no further than the 4th of July holiday. This summer holiday is celebrated best when you plan a vacation to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains! Our community features various 4th of July that help bring in the holiday with style. In addition to the festivities, you will also have all of the fun summer activities around the mountains. Take a look at how you can celebrate the Gatlinburg 4th of July 2021 here:
Gatlinburg 4th of July 2021 Fireworks Finale
There is no better way to celebrate the 4th of July each year than with a dazzling fireworks display. Gatlinburg will not disappoint with our stunning July 4th Fireworks Finale that takes place right here in downtown Gatlinburg. Each year the Southeast Tourism Society ranks this fireworks finale as a top 20 event. This year’s festivities will start at 10:00 PM for a spectacular show like no other. Fireworks will be shot off from the Space Needle, making them viewable from anywhere downtown; the city recommends hanging out around traffic lights #3 and #5 for the absolute best views downtown. The event is absolutely free to attend; it is recommended to head to downtown Gatlinburg early as the event is a popular draw for both locals and visitors alike.
Gatlinburg 4th of July Midnight Parade
Here in Gatlinburg, we do not start and end our 4th of July celebration with the fireworks display. Instead, we begin the festivities the night before at midnight for the annual 4th of July Midnight Parade. Each year the city sees over 80,000 spectators for this incredible display. Local businesses and volunteers created giant floats that honor the country’s veterans and military heroes. Everyone in Gatlinburg is looking forward to the Midnight Parade’s return as it was cancelled for 2020. The parade is scheduled to start at Baskins Creek Bypass over on East Parkway before turning south; the parade will continue on throughout downtown before ending at traffic light #10 near Ski Mountain Road. Prepare for a full day of fun and excitement here in Gatlinburg.
Pigeon Forge Patriot Fest 2021
Another event that is often sought out is the Patriot Fest taking place in Pigeon Forge. This patriotic event takes place on July 3rd and features a full day of exciting activities. The Patriot Fest is returning for 2021 and is pulling out all the stops. This year’s events are scheduled to start at 4:00 PM and are completely free to the public to attend. Local food vendors will be on hand at the start of the event cooking up some delicious food such as burgers and hot dogs. This year’s activities include a night full of live music from the Brad Hudson Band, Rumors (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band), and Clint Black, the event headliner. Live music starts at 5:30 and will continue up until the fireworks display starts at 9:45 PM. Guests are encouraged to bring any blankets or lawn chairs to remain comfortable throughout the event however coolers and umbrellas are not permitted. The Patriot Fest 2021 will take place at Patriot Park located at 186 Old Mill Ave in Pigeon Forge. Make sure to walk around the park to see flags from all of the 50 states along with the branches of our armed forces. The Patriot Missile, which was used during the Gulf War, is on display at the center of the park. Don’t miss out on this patriotic event just down the road in Pigeon Forge.
Since you are visiting Gatlinburg during the summer season, you might as well hang around for some incredible activities. You will be right at the gate of the Smoky Mountains National Park that is full of beautiful forest scenery. There are plenty of hiking trails that will take you to popular places such as Tremont and Cades Cove. Hiking up the mountain is a great way to beat the heat too on the rare hot days of summer. You can always splash off with some white water rafting in the park as well. Dam releases occur multiple times throughout the week, allowing you plenty of opportunities to try out this popular activity. Relax in downtown Gatlinburg with the many local shops and restaurants. Head up the Space Needle for a panoramic view of the area. All of these activities and many more are available all summer long.
Gatlinburg Is the Place to Be
As you can see, the 4th of July is a great time in the summer to make your way to Gatlinburg. Reserve one of our exclusive vacation cabins in the area to keep you close to all of the exciting activities in the area and enjoy luxury amenities.