If you have been looking for one of the top ski destinations in the country, you have picked right with a visit to Gatlinburg. Our vacation destination has everything you need for a thrilling winter sports journey like no other. If you are new to skiing in the area you may have a few questions about what kind of services are available and where you can find your gear at. Take a look at our handy ski guide to Gatlinburg:
When you arrive at Gatlinburg you will know where exactly you need to do go. Ober Gatlinburg is the primary ski destination here in the area and it does not disappoint. This award-winning park features some of the finest slopes and services available in all of the area. Getting to Ober Gatlinburg is extremely easy too; all guests need to do is board the Aerial Tramway located in Downtown Gatlinburg without having to drive in the snow. This lets you book a vacation rental in downtown Gatlinburg and still have easy access to the immediate mountains. On average, Ober Gatlinburg is open for skiing and snowboarding from around early to mid-December through mid-March. Specific dates always fluctuate year to year depending on Mother Nature and the snowfall that the area has experienced. Ober Gatlinburg is also unique in how it creates snow from the moisture in the area. Their snow making machines ensure the slopes stay fluffy with real snow all season long.
Skiing and Snowboarding
The Ober Gatlinburg slopes are open to all skiers and snowboarder with approved gear and a ski area ticket. In order to use the slopes all riders need to purchase a ski area ticket in advance or at the time of your arrival. Skiing and snowboarding are always popular activities in the area, so prior reservations are always recommended, especially on the weekend. If your gear needs some tune-up or you do not have the necessary gear, you can always visit on the onsite gear shop. All beginner skiers and snowboarders who have yet to hit the slopes will be required to take an introductory lesson from Ober Gatlinburg’s qualified instructors. This way you will be ready to hit the steeper slopes all on your own without going in without experience.
Rental and Gear Shop
As mentioned, Ober Gatlinburg will take care of all your gear needs with their onsite gear shop. Due to the frequent use of the rental shop all rentals can only be made the day of and in person. If you are looking for a pair of skis or a snowboard you have come to the right place. Each rental is made for the day, allowing you plenty of time to carve down the slopes. Each ski rental will include the skis, boots, and poles while all snowboard rentals will include both the board and boots. Other rental shops in the area may make you pay separate fees for each individual rental. A limited number of helmets, jackets, and pants are also available to rent with adult and children’s sizes currently available. If you need rental gear, Ober Gatlinburg has you covered.
Getting the hang of snowboarding and skiing varies for each rider out there. Some may become quick experts while others may need a few extra times of practice. All first-time riders will need to complete an introductory lesson with one of Ober Gatlinburg’s knowledgeable staff members. This allows you to get the hang of winter sports and lower your risk of injury. During your lesson you will learn how to glide, slow down, turn, and stop along the slopes. You can join one of the many group lessons offered each day where you will be paired with other beginners looking to get started. This low-pressure practice will have you ready in no time. Private lessons are also available for those looking for some additional one-on-one practice with the instructor prior to them hitting the slopes. All guests taking an introductory course needs to have a ski area ticket and proper gear to sign up and join any lesson.
If you do not quite feel ready for skiing or snowboarding guests can always try out snow tubing. This thrilling activity at Ober Gatlinburg is available from late November through the end of the ski season. Guests will be able to ride down the slopes on snow tubes for an all-ages activity. Each tubing session is reserved in 90-minute segments and are recommended for weekdays to avoid the heavier traffic on weekends that is the result of skiers and snowboarders being on the slopes.
Your Ski Team in Gatlinburg
Now that you know a little more of the skiing in Gatlinburg you can book ahead for your vacation getaway. Reserve one of our vacation rentals today for a thrilling winter season.
When it comes to the holiday season it is always wonderful to spend it in an exciting new environment to start new family traditions. This year, look no further than Gatlinburg for an exciting Christmas holiday with your loved ones. The area is known for its wonderful holiday events and activities. Gatlinburg and the surrounding communities also offer winter-based fun that can be enjoyed during your stay. Take a look at how you can enjoy Christmas in Gatlinburg this year:
Fantasy of Lights
One of our favorite parts of the holiday season is seeing all of the Christmas lights be set up around Gatlinburg. Christmas lights always make the holiday so much better. This year Gatlinburg will be hosting the 45th annual Fantasy of Lights Parade. This delightful parade takes place at night as the holiday lights are decorated on the trees and light poles in downtown. You will see some incredible displays of floats and marching bands that will participate in the festivities. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Don’t miss out on this long-standing tradition here in Gatlinburg!
Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
If you are looking for some exciting holiday gifts for loved ones this season, look no further than the Christmas Arts and Craft Show taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. This free event brings together a variety of arts and crafts vendors who will be selling their handmade goods. The hosts are the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, the biggest organization in the country of independent artisans. You will find handmade goods such as hand dipped candles, pottery, stuffed animals, woven baskets, and much more. This year’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Show is taking placed from December 1st through December 5th and starts at 10:00 AM every morning.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show
Another great way to see a dazzling display of Christmas lights is by joining the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show right here in Gatlinburg. You can experience your own Tennessee Christmas with this massive tunnel of lights. The Christmas Wonderland is made up of a giant light up display of Santa and a 300-foot drive through tunnel. The 70-foot Christmas tree is also decked out for this special event. Once you are done, explore Santa’s Village, where you can get a photo with Santa Claus himself. Additional activities include concessions, a train ride, and animal viewings. This experience is one to not be missed so make sure to visit the Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland Christmas Light Show taking place December 9th through the 12th.
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
If you are looking for a truly unique holiday experience look no further than our neighbors in Seviereville that is just a short drive away. They will be hosting their annual Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival on Saturday December 4th. This incredible festival is all things blue grass so any music fans will not want to miss this. Prepare for an all-day event that starts at 11:00 AM with a different blue grass artist playing on the hours. Local bands who will be performing include Deeper Shade of Blue, Larry Efawy and Bluegrass Mountaineers, and Jesse Alexander Band to name a few. This year’s Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival will be taking place at the Sevierville Convention Center.
Breakfast with Santa
Pigeon Forge will also be hosting a fun Christmas event with their annual Breakfast with Santa at the Smoky Mountain Pancake House. On December 11th, Santa Claus himself will be stopping by the pancake house for some tasty flapjacks along with taking pictures with the kids. This exclusive event does not require any tickets or reservations. Simply stop by between the hours of 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM to get your chance at meeting Santa. Make sure to stick around for a stack of pancakes for yourself too!
Of course, you will want to experience all of the fun winter activities that can be enjoyed in Gatlinburg too. The Great Smoky National Park will continue to remain open for some hiking; don’t worry, hiking in winter is just as fun and local wildlife are more likely to be out too. Just make sure you are prepared for any cold temperatures by layering up. Visitors can escape the cold by visiting local attraction such as the many museums in the area. Having a winter journey to Gatlinburg is one of the best ways to spend your holiday break.
Time to Plan for Christmas 2021
As you can see, there are plenty of options for you and your family when it comes to exciting events and activities for Christmas. Book one of our vacation rentals today to get ready for the best holiday season yet.
The winter season is already just around the corner, and the holiday season will be in full swing soon enough. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. This traditional holiday often sees families get together to spend time with another. Of course, one activity that is always looked forward to is the Thanksgiving feast someone in the family will cook up. You can keep your family tradition the same by spending Thanksgiving at home again, or you can live it up and schedule a vacation getaway to Gatlinburg! Our Tennessee home is the perfect spot to create new family traditions while also exploring the area. Take a look at how Thanksgiving can be enjoyed right here in Gatlinburg this year:
Cook Up a Thanksgiving Feast
No matter where you spend your Thanksgiving holiday, you will want to have a delicious feast waiting for you. Our vacation rentals have all the space to comfortably prepare a meal just for the family. The gourmet kitchens inside each property are very spacious and can come with extended countertops, separate islands, and full-size appliances. You will find there is more than enough room to prepare each entrée such as the turkey and mashed potatoes while also storing any leftovers you will probably have. Cabinets are equipped with all the needed utensils and pots and pans. Once everything is said and done, find room at the dining room table where everyone can sit down at once. No one ever said you had to skip out on your favorite meal of the year when you visit Gatlinburg!
Enjoy a Meal Out on the Town
If spending your Thanksgiving in the kitchen does not sound like a great time, you can always hit the town and see what restaurants will be open. Pigeon Forge down the road has several different restaurants that can host your family for Thanksgiving. Old Mill Restaurant is open every Thanksgiving with their special Thanksgiving menu full of classic favorites such as turkey, veggies, and of course dessert. There are several other restaurants that will also be open with their normal menu, including Calhoun’s Restaurant and JT Hannah’s Kitchen. You will have plenty of options when it comes to finding a delicious meal on Thanksgiving Day nearby Gatlinburg.
Lights Over Gatlinburg
During your stay around Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg you will also have plenty of exciting activities to join in on. One popular favorite is Lights Over Gatlinburg at SkyLift Park. Each year from November 1st through January 31st the SkyBridge and SkyDeck at SkyLift Park are covered in over 40,000 holiday lights. A variety of decorations will also be set up to help brighten the mood just in time for the holiday season. SkyLift Park offers some of the most incredible views in town and is a worthy activity no matter what time of year you come to visit Gatlinburg.
Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show 2021
Another close town that is just a short drive away from Gatlinburg is Kodak, where you can find this year’s Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show. This is a drive through light show that is lit up with thousands of holiday lights. The event takes place at dusk (around 6:00 PM everyday) at the Smokies Stadium in town. The event is open every day including Thanksgiving so you can start your holiday tradition early after your meal and get ready for Christmas.
Winterfest Sevier County 2021
As you can see, there are plenty of light shows taking place across all of Sevier County, where you can find Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Another incredible event you can visit is the Winterfest, a county wide celebration that is one of the largest in the state. Altogether the county lights up over 5 million holiday lights and holiday décor for you to see. Winterfest has its kick off on November 11th at 5:00 PM for the annual Chili Cookoff where you can sample some of the best chili you have ever had.
Ice Skating at Wilderness at the Smokies
Last but not least, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation getaway by trying out ice skating. Sevierville will have their annual ice skating event taking place at Wilderness at the Smokies. This 3,200-square-foot pool is transformed into a huge ice skating rink. This is the perfect all ages event to try out ice skating for the very first time. Sevier County knows how to bring in the holidays the right way!
More Thanksgiving Fun in Gatlinburg
As you can see, there is no shortage of fun and excitement right here in Gatlinburg this year for Thanksgiving. Book one of our vacation rentals today and find your new family tradition.
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!
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.
Whether you come to explore the vast wilderness of the Smoky Mountains or to simply take in the sights, a trip to Gatlinburg is definitely worth the effort this summer season. Gatlinburg offers a variety of incredible outdoor activities that will make your vacation one to remember. Navigating all of the offerings in and around Gatlinburg can be tricky if you have not visited before. Let the local professional tour services help you with in-depth and exciting tours. These are not typical, boring tours either; instead, they boast all kinds of thrills. Here are the top Gatlinburg tours to experience :
Smoky Mountain Adventures
Obviously, with the Smoky Mountains at your doorstep, you will be tempted to see all of the incredible wilderness and beauty behind it. A thrilling tour with Smoky Mountain Adventures is all you need to get out and explore the Smoky Mountains with a knowledgeable tour guide. Smoky Mountain Adventures involves more than just hiking around the woods; instead, you will be shown around the many trails on ATV or personal land vehicles. Book a kayak or white-water rafting trip that will have you navigating the many rivers. The options are nearly endless when you book with Smoky Mountain Adventures!
Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg
One unique factor about Gatlinburg is the richness of the history in the area. Gatlinburg has been around for centuries, and with that age comes plenty of ghost stories. You can book your own haunted tour right here in Gatlinburg during the summer with Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg. Their tour services take you around the city at night to explore local spots that are haunted. Your tour guide will provide a thorough and highly entertaining tour from start to finish. Learn all about the spooky details of the hauntings while keeping the tour friendly enough for kids. Your tour will eventually come to an end when you visit a 19th century cemetery. Bring the whole family along, as children 12 and under can join for free. Now that’s a scary deal!
Tennessee Mountain Tours
If you are interested in multiple tour options from a single location, look no further than Tennessee Mountain Tours. This nearby tour service features five different tour packages that will take you all over Gatlinburg and surrounding areas such as Pigeon Forge. Sights of the Smokies has you venturing off to some of the best parts of the Smoky Mountains National Forest, including an authentic train ride. Vittles and Views takes you to the best point of view areas around the area. The Cades Cove Tour takes you to one of the most exciting parts of the Smoky Mountains that features the most historic buildings in the area. Each of these unique Gatlinburg tours around the forest feature exciting and educational narration by the friendly tour guides.
If you want to keep things in town, they also offer dining and drink tours too. The VIP Shine & Dine is the perfect way to navigate the many distilleries in the area. You will not have to worry about driving as you are shuttled to three different distilleries in Gatlinburg. Free food and drinks are included with your tour! The Moonshine and Wine Tour takes you to up to eight different distilleries and wineries where you can tour the facilities, and of course, enjoy tastings. Now that is quite bit offered all from a single tour company!
Smoky Mountain Pink Jeep Tours
There is nothing more comfortable or fashionable when exploring the Smoky Mountains than a Pink Jeep. If you want one of the best inclusive experiences touring the area, look no further than Smoky Mountain Pink Jeep Tours. This local tour service offers exactly what you expect along with plenty extras. These Pink Jeeps comfortable hold up to seven individuals, allowing the whole family to go out for an outing in the Smoky Mountain National Forest. The tour services are offered at multiple times each day giving you plenty of flexibility. Multiple scenic routes that you can pick also make sure no two tours are ever the same. Tour guides and drivers will keep you informed about the park throughout your tour and help you keep an eye out for local wildlife. Ask to see the waterfalls or rivers and you will leave satisfied once your Pink Jeep tour is over. Do not pass up on this highly rated tour service when vacationing to Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg Tours are Waiting
As you can see, there are plenty of tour options waiting for you here in Gatlinburg. The summer season is just around the corner, and with it comes all of the thrills of the Smoky Mountains and other outdoor attractions. Rent one of our cabins today to be close to all of the action in Gatlinburg.
If you are looking for the perfect location for a luxury weekend getaway, look no further than Gatlinburg. This beautiful location offers wonderful views of the mountains and a variety of luxury activities. Take a look what kind of luxury weekend getaway experience you can have in Gatlinburg:
Luxury Rentals to Reserve
When you book one of our luxury rentals right here in Gatlinburg, you can expect plenty of ways to stay comfortable. Our rentals offer plenty of space for you to stretch out and relax. You can also expect to find spacious backyards that include patios and decks, gourmet kitchen setups, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and more. The kitchens come free modern appliances and everything you need to cook up a feast. You can also expect beautiful views of the Smoky Mountains right here in the backdrop.
Fine Dining in Gatlinburg
You can find incredible restaurants right here in Gatlinburg that offer fine dining experiences. There is nothing better than enjoying an exquisite meal at The Peddler Steakhouse. This luxury restaurant offers a casual spin on fine dining. You can expect to find premium cuts of steak that are cooked to order each time. The drink menu includes handcrafted cocktails and a lengthy list of wine. You can also stop in The Melting Pot for a fondue treat where you cook the food at your table. This popular restaurant offers multiple courses from starters to dessert.
Hit the Spa
End your luxury weekend getaway by hitting the spa right here in Gatlinburg. Local spas include Fox Place Salon and Spa and Relaxation Oasis Massage. These local spas offer everything you need for a relaxing stay including massages, skin treatments, and facials. You will feel completely refreshed and relaxed during each visit.
When you visit Gatlinburg, you can get all of your high-end shopping done by stopping in Marketplace Mall. This local mall offers high end shops with affordable prices such as Trunk of Man and The Jewelry Spot. There are plenty of spots to find the perfect gift to bring back home.
Get Ready for Gatlinburg
As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy a luxury getaway right here in Gatlinburg. Book one of our upscale rentals and enjoy a spectacular getaway to Gatlinburg. Contact us today!