Local Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg
Make the most of your Smoky Mountains vacation when you stay at one of our Smoky Mountain Bed and Breakfast Association inns.
You will find an abundance of activities and things to do on your East Tennessee vacation. Enjoy attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg and so much more, as you wind your way through the miles that make up the Smoky Mountains.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Many come to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights where you can hike on more than 100 trails.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
There are many antique shops located in the area.
Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg’s Arts & Crafts Community: Established in 1937, the Arts & Crafts Community is comprised of the largest group of independent artisans in the country. With shops, studios, and galleries located along an 8-mile loop. This is a part of Gatlinburg’s history and has been designated as a historic pathway on the Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Offers workshops, conferences, and professional instruction in a variety of art-craft media.
Smokies Stadium– Sevierville. Minor League Baseball.
Take a guided tour or rent a bike and create your own mountain biking adventure. Trails include gentle dirt roads to gnarly single-track.
Forbidden Caverns, Sevierville, is a one-hour guided tour featuring sparkling formations, natural chimneys, and waterfalls. Another close Cavern is Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend and the Lost Sea in Sweetwater.
Where entertainment and crafts come together – www.dollywood.com
Fly or spin fish on the world-famous Little Pigeon River. Let us “hook” you up with a superb guide for a full or half day of fishing, April to October. R&R Fly Fishing in Townsend provides guided tours.
Antiques, collectibles, local crafts, and insulated portable storage buildings. Leisurely stroll our more than 30 unique shops in Sevierville and step back to your good memories.
There are four acclaimed year-round area golf courses.
- Gatlinburg Municipal Golf Course: (865) 453-3912
- Eagles Landing Golf Club: (865) 429-4223
- Bent Creek Golf Course: (865) 436-3947
- Laurel Valley: (865) 448-6690
For the nature lover, you will be soaring over the foothills, through Walden’s Creek, beautiful undeveloped mountain ranges, and unspoiled back country. As you fly over blankets of mountains, you will be amazed at the view. Your pictures will be worth a thousand words.
More than 850 miles of hiking trails traverse the Great Smoky Mountains. They range from easy to difficult and provide half hour walks to week-long backpacking trips. The Appalachian Trail runs for 70 miles along the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s top ridges.
Horse Back Trail Riding
Is available at commercial stables located in the park from mid-March through late November or year round outside the park.
Hot Air Balloon Rides
Soar quietly at dawn for an hour long ride with commanding views and enjoy a champagne breakfast. Year-round.
Mountain Music & Concerts
Wood-N-Strings Pickin’ Porch is located on Highway 321 in Townsend. The Pickin’ Porch provides free concerts every Saturday night from May through September. Enjoy true Smoky Mountain instruments, featuring the mountain dulcimer.
Music Row is one of East Tennessee’s most unique music venues located on Highway 321 in Maryville. They specialize in the cultivation of the rich local music scene, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) acoustic music, as well as community and special events. The jam nights are open to amateur musicians of all ages and talent levels who wish to gather and play with other musicians and to share their music with folks who like to listen and enjoy their company.
Rocky Branch Community Center is an honest, down-home bluegrass and mountain music experience that can be found every Friday night at the Rocky Branch Community Center. The concerts are free for anyone to enjoy. Rocky Branch Community Center is just off Highway 321 in Walland at 4632 Rocky Branch Road.
- Blount County Historical Museum – Located on Highway 321 in Maryville is the Blount County Historical Museum which traces the history of the County from the early 1800’s.
- Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse – Visit the schoolhouse where Sam Houston, the first president of the Republic of Texas, began his career. Houston enlisted in the US Army in downtown Maryville and went on to fame in Texas.
- Sevier County Heritage, exhibits and information about Sevier County’s history. 167 Bruce Street, Sevierville 865-453-405
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not, features hundreds of exhibits of the bizarre and unusual. 800 Parkway, Gatlinburg 865-436-5096
- National Freedom Museum
- Museum of Appalachia. A complete replica of a pioneer village, featuring artifacts left by early settlers to the area. Exit 122, off 1-75, Norris. 865-494-7680
- Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Interactive exhibits and memorial displays of the history of women’s basketball. 700 Hall of Fame Drive, Knoxville. 865-633-9000
- Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center located in Townsend highlights local history and Appalachian culture, 865-448-0044.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad:
With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels, and across river gorges in a spectacular region called the Great Smoky Mountains.
Little River Railroad and Lumber Company in Townsend.
Tail of the Dragon, located along the southern border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is US Highway 129. Here you will enjoy driving along a thickly forested mountain road above the Little Tennessee River gorge. The road is a favorite with motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts who thoroughly enjoy the 318 hair-pin curves in the eleven mile stretch of roadway.
The Cherohala Skyway is a beautiful drive that takes you through two National Forests from Robinsville, NC to Telico Plains, TN. You will travel to more than a mile in elevation as you enjoy miles of uninterrupted mountain views. Bald River Falls is located near where the Cherohala starts in Tennessee and is the one of the highest waterfalls in the Smokies with a drop of more than 100 feet.
Beginning near Walland, TN, on Highway 321, the Foothills Parkway is a favorite with bicyclists and others who enjoy the scenic overlooks of the National Park and the Knoxville/Maryville Valley. The Foothills Parkway runs near the peak of Chilhowee Mountain for 18 miles to Highway 129, near the beginning of the Tail of the Dragon.
Many come to the Smokies area to take advantage of the shopping bargains. Shopping malls, discount shops, and factory outlet stores are numerous in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. Some of the outlet malls are Five Oaks, Tanger, Belz, Red Roof.
Ober Gatlinburg offers 8 ski trails serviced by two quad and one double chairlifts which keep you out of lift lines and on the slopes. When temperatures drop, our snowmaking equipment blankets 100% of our slopes. Slopes are maintained with the latest in snow-grooming equipment to provide a smoother, more consistent surface, creating enjoyable skiing conditions.
Smoky Mountain Field School
Offers nature workshops and hiking adventures. The in-depth programs offered immerse program participants in the Park environment, providing a more personalized opportunity to understand and appreciate Park resources.
The variety of entertainment offered to families who visit the Smoky Mountains is certainly unsurpassed. This area has become the fastest-growing entertainment showplace in the southeast.
- The Miracle
- Dixie Stampede
- Black Bear Jamboree
- Classic Country Theater
- Comedy Barn Theater
- Country Tonight Theatre
- Hoot N’ Holler
- Memories Theatre
Grab a tube and have a fun-filled trip floating down the lower end of the Big Pigeon River with Rafting in the Smokies and Tubing in the Smokies! It’s a cool way to spend a hot afternoon in East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Area. Check out the River Rat in Townsend on the Little River.
White Water Rafting
The Big Pigeon River boasts twelve class III and three class IV whitewater thrilling rapids! Accompanied by one of Rafting in the Smokies professional river guides, you’ll literally rock and roll down five miles of lively whitewater, rafting through continuous class III & IV rapids such as “Too Late, Vegamatic, Razor Blade, After Shave, and Lost Guide.”
Smoky Mountain wines are robust and award-winning.