When it comes to planning for the perfect vacation getaway you know you can always count on a great time here in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains surround our travel destination and offer plenty of activities and attractions nearby. The summer kicks off this year with Memorial Day for a long weekend of fun and excitement. Spend your Gatlinburg Memorial Day weekend with us and experience the area with the warming weather and plenty to see and do. Take a look at why you should stay in Gatlinburg for Memorial Day this year:
Ober Gatlinburg Mayfest
While Gatlinburg does not typically host any specific Memorial Day events over the holiday there are plenty of events in the area to join in on. Each year Ober Gatlinburg, where you will find some of the best ski slopes in the state during the winter, hosts their Mayfest Celebration. Mayfest is a traditional German event that highlights the history and culture of German heritage while also highlighting the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. The festival features plenty of authentic German food and drinks such as brats, sauerkraut, and plenty of German beer on tap. Obergarten is the event’s beer garden where you can also find plenty of domestic beer too. Ober Gatlinburg will be decked out in beautiful wildflowers all over the property. This year’s Ober Gatlinburg Mayfest Celebration will take place from May 20th through the 30th ending just over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Hike the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park
The biggest attraction in Gatlinburg will always be the Great Smoky Mountains National Park making it a must-see during your Memorial Day stay. This expansive park features several different areas to hike and explore. The warmer weather around Memorial Day is completely inviting and the shady trees will always keep direct sunlight off of you. The park features windy hiking trails of various difficulty levels but most not being too challenging. Visitors can pay their respects during their hike along the Cades Cove Loop where the Pearl Harbor Tree is located at. Expect to see incredible views such as wildflowers, lush forests, waterfalls, rivers, and much more. Best of all, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park never has an entrance fee so you can visit for absolutely free. The park will most likely be on the busier side during the holiday weekend so make sure to hit the trails early!
Visit Nearby Attractions
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both offer a variety of attractions that will be open during the holiday weekend for you to visit. This includes Ripley’s Aquarium which features some incredible aquatic animals and fish on display. You can pair a visit to the aquarium with other Ripley attractions such as the Haunted Adventure or Believe It or Not! Odditorium. The neighboring city of Sevierville offers some thrills with its Soaky Mountain Waterpark. This 50-acre waterpark has a variety of slides, rides, and pools for you to splash off in. Memorial Day weekend is when the park starts its extended summer hours. You can explore the outdoor playground that is Anakeesta right here in Gatlinburg. This adventure hub has everything you want to keep you entertained such as zip lines, gondola rides, suspended bridges, treetop walkways, and so much more. Anakeesta typically offers a special discount for service members for Memorial Day so make sure to take up their offer. Additionally, Anakeesta also provides honorary ceremonies for the holiday too.
Host Your Own Memorial Day BBQ
Of course, the one activity that most people think of Memorial Day with is a BBQ. Most of us around the country celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family around the BBQ grill to make a delicious meal. Just because you are visiting Gatlinburg does not mean you have to skip out on this typical tradition. Our vacation rentals offer a variety of amenities to keep you comfortable all stay long. This includes most of our rentals offering gas BBQ grills located in spacious yards. Each grill is ready to use so you can purchase your meat of choice in town and grill it to perfection back at the vacation rental. Large backyard spaces allow everyone in your group to hang out in the beautiful weather of Tennessee. These rentals also have plenty to enjoy inside too, such as gourmet kitchens where you can prepare a variety of side dishes. Dining room tables let you all sit down at once. Do not miss out on these special amenities exclusive to our rentals!
Memorial Day is Almost Here
Memorial Day is a popular travel weekend so make sure to book your vacation rental in advance. Browse our selection of rentals today and see which rental is calling out your name in Gatlinburg.
We can feel it, spring is almost in the air so now is the perfect time to start planning for that spring break you have always wanted. Hit the road this spring season with a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both have a variety of wonderful activities and attractions that will make your spring road trip one to remember. Take a look at how you can plan for the best experience with your road trip to Tennessee:
Visit Ober Gatlinburg
Part of the wonders of spring here in Gatlinburg is seeing the snow melt away and give life to the local trees and flowers. The spring season is absolutely beautiful here in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge as the trees spring to life with vibrant green tops. You can get some of the best views in the area by visiting Ober Gatlinburg. This attraction is typically known for its winter sports as the slopes allow for some incredible skiing and snowboarding. During the spring and summer seasons you will find that the fun does not stop. During your visit ride the Aerial Tram that will take you to the height of Ober Gatlinburg. Your ascension will show off the beautiful scenery all around the Great Smoky Mountains. Ober Gatlinburg also features a variety of thrilling outdoor activities. Try out the Ski Mountain Coaster as you zip along the rail lines. The Alpine Slide will remind you of your favorite Winter Olympic sport but under the sunlight. Mini golf, bumper cars, and a rock wall round out the kid friendly activities. You can even try out ice skating with their indoor rink! Now that is a lot of fun you can expect to find when you make a road trip pit stop at Ober Gatlinburg.
Visit SkyLift Park
Another incredible outdoor attraction that will wow you here in Gatlinburg is SkyLift Park. The local community has been entranced by SkyLift Park now for years and it continues to add on new and exciting parts to the park. Ride the name sake SkyLift up to the park where you will find panoramic views of the area. Getting up there is easy as the lift can be located in the middle of Downtown Gatlinburg. Once you make it to the park make sure to brave a walk across the stunning SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian bridge in the state! The middle even features a glass section where you can look down thousands of feet below you as you walk across. The SkyTrail will take you on a walk through the tree tops with incredible views. The SkyCenter has plenty to pick from for lunch so you can stay fueled. You will find no better views of The Great Smoky Mountains than here at SkyLift Park.
Visit the Local Museums
When you stay in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge you will have access to a variety of local museums each with something unique to offer. Of course, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a stunning display of some unique and incredible aquatic animals. Their tanks feature beautiful habitats where these critters will be on display. Some of the more popular animals here at Ripley’s include various sharks, sea turtles, and rays. Everyone has seen a vehicle that they immediately fall in love with in the movies. Visit the Hollywood Star Cars Museum to see some of the actual car props used in some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Iconic vehicles such as the Batmobile is on display in all of its glory. This in a great way to see just how big these cars are in real life! For a more quirky and unique offering, the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum features exactly what you would expect, a bunch of salt and pepper shakers. This fun spot features over 20,000 different pairs of shakers making it the largest collection in the world. Don’t miss out on these unique and fun museums here in Gatlinburg!
The Best Vacation Rentals Available
Staying comfortable during your spring road trip means you will need the ideal lodging option for you and your family. Look no further than our own vacation rentals. Each private home has a variety of amenities that can include common features such as flat screen TVs, gourmet kitchens, fine linens, plush bedding, and much more. You may even find hot tubs and game rooms in our most luxurious offerings available. The spring season is the perfect time to stay as our selection will be more available than other parts of the year. All of this sounds like the perfect combination for a spring road trip. Get your travel plans started today by reserving one of our rentals right here in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many couples are starting to look for the perfect romantic getaway. If you want to treat your loved one to a magical trip look no further than Gatlinburg. Our vacation destination has everything you need for the best time imaginable including romantic activities and of course our comfortable vacation rentals that offer luxury amenities. Take a look at how you can plan for some romantic activities right here in Gatlinburg:
Ride the SkyLift
There is nothing more romantic than sharing a quiet moment with your loved one as you gaze out onto the beautiful Gatlinburg landscape. You can do just that with a ride aboard the SkyLift. This infamous Gatlinburg landmark takes you up to the SkyLift Park but first you catch a ride from Downtown Gatlinburg. This iconic lift will quietly take you up as you gain plenty of elevation for incredible views. Once at the top make sure you and your loved one explore the entire SkyLift Park (lift fees include access to the park). The SkyBridge features panoramic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and is the perfect place to snap a pic or two; the 30-foot glass center on the SkyBridge will have you holding each other tight. Sit back and relax with your loved one as you take in the views that only SkyLift Park can provide.
Go Wine Tasting in Gatlinburg
Whenever you think of a beverage that helps make any moment more romantic you probably start picturing wine. While Gatlinburg is typically known for its moonshine and other spirits we do have a few wineries in the area. Head over to Sugarland Cellars for a historical piece of Gatlinburg. Visiting with your loved one can have you enjoying a vineyard tour and then stopping by the tasting room. There are plenty of varietals available including many different reds, whites, and rosé. Purchase a bottle or two to take back with you to your vacation rental!
There is nothing quite like relaxing with your loved one, so make sure to hit the local spas during your time in Gatlinburg. A romantic day can be enjoying with a couple’s massage available at local spas. Fox Place Salon and Spa offers a variety of services including massages, facials, and hair services. Heated beds make the massages even more magical and will have you relaxing like no other experience has provided. Additional spas in the area to also try out include Wanderlust Salon and Spa and Relaxation Oasis Massage.
Find the Local Waterfalls
Another great place where you and your loved one can snap a pic or two is around the many different falls in the area. Gatlinburg has some incredible hiking trails that will take you around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here visitors will be able to find many different falls such as Grotto Falls, Cataract Falls, Ramsey Cascades, and many others. The spring season is a perfect time to find them as the snow begins to melt allowing the falls to flow even more. No matter what time of year you visit you will find some majestic views found only in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Fine Dining in Gatlinburg
Create the perfect date night with a fine dining experience here in Gatlinburg. Visitors can enjoy a rustic yet romantic meal when dining with The Peddler Steakhouse. This woodsy steakhouse features a delicious menu including prime cuts of steak along with grilled chicken and trout. The wine list has something to pair with every entrée on the menu too. Additional romantic dining options in Gatlinburg include The Melting Pot where the intimate ambience and fondue menu are always a winning combination.
Vacation Rentals for Couples
If you are looking to find the perfect vacation rental for your romantic stay in Gatlinburg, you have come to the right place. Our selection of properties include cozy homes that offer a true sense of luxury. These vacation rentals offer everything you could want for a romantic and relaxing stay such as soaking tubs, fine linens, gourmet kitchens, comfortable furnishings, and even hot tubs. You will not find cramped hotel rooms that have no room for you to move around. Instead, these cozy rentals have just enough space for two while not skipping out on the luxury features you’ve come to expect of our rentals. Make sure to book one of these private homes today for the best time in Gatlinburg.
Your Time in Gatlinburg
There is no better time than the present to start planning for your much deserved getaway for two. Gatlinburg is the perfect place to celebrate your romance with our incredible vacation rentals and romantic activities in the area. Make sure to book your rental today to ensure its availability this season.
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!