Gatlinburg Tennessee area Activities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Guests staying in our Gatlinburg and Cosby area cabins will enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - the most popular National Park in the United States, with over 13 million annual visitors.   With Cosby and Gatlinburg entrances, the Park is just a short drive for Smoky Mountain Falls guests. Hikers have access to literally thousands of miles of trails throughout the National Park, including the famous Appalachian Trail.  Other highlights in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park include Grotto Falls, Hen Wallow Falls, Laurel Creek Falls, Cades Cove, Catalooche, and the Oconaluftee Education Center. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the fly-fisherman's dream, with over 800 miles of pristine rivers and streams with brook, rainbow, and brown trout.

 

Family Fun in Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

Family Fun in Gatlinburg Tennessee

The historic town of Gatlinburg, sitting at the edge of the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee side, is an attraction all its own for Smoky Mountain Falls guests.  Gatlinburg is an eclectic blend of European and Appalachian influences, with candy shops, ice cream parlors, quaint museums, and restaurants lining the narrow streets. Gatlinburg visitors will enjoy the wide range of eateries, as well as the can't miss attractions such as the Ober Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium, and the historic Arts & Crafts district.

 

Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

Gatlinburg Tennessee

Take in a day in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where you can enjoy many sights, sounds, all within an easy walk.  Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the nation’s top-rated aquariums.   Enjoy a meal at the many delicious restaurants including the Pancake Pantry, Bennett’s Barbeque, and Hard Rock Café.   Ride to the top of Ski Mountain in the largest ariel tram in North America, Ober Gatlinburg.  Once you reach the top, there is a small amusement park, an ice skating rink, restaurants, and a bear exhibit.

 

One of the newest, most exciting attractions in the Smokies is TITANIC, in Pigeon Forge.  TITANIC is one of the most prolific museums of the RMS Titanic tragedy in the world. Museum goers will be treated to a life size replica of much of the ship, as well as artifacts that were recovered from the wreckage.

 

Shopping in Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

Shopping in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Enjoy hundreds of small, local retail specialty shops in the downtown Gatlinburg and Arts & Crafts community, including The Body Works, Buckboard Too, Celtic Heritage Company, The Day Hiker, Footgear, Glass Blowers of Gatlinburg, Little Sparrow Gallery, Honey Pot, The Hayloft, Village Candles, Tickled Pink Boutique, and many others.   And if outlet malls are your thing, spend some time at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Sevierville.

 

Fliy Fishing in Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

Fly Fishing in Gatlinburg Tennessee

With over 800 miles of streams and rivers, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most prolific - and diverse - fly fishing destination in the eastern United States.  There are waters here for every preference - from large rivers with trophy Brown Trout to tiny mountain streams teeming with native Brook Trout.   Because the waters of the Smokies are spring-fed as compared to "snow-melt" fed, fishing tends to be good year-round, due to the more consistent flows and stable water temperatures.

Fly fishers are encouraged to book a guided trip with one of the area's expert guides, including R & R Fly Fishing (randrflyfishing.com), the Smoky Mountain Angler (smokymountainangler.com), and Little River Outfitters (littleriveroutfitters.com).

 

Hiking in Gatlinburg Tennessee

 

Hiking in Gatlinburg Tennessee

Spanning over 600,000 acres, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park boasts an almost endless supply of hiking trails for every skill level.   In the Cosby Entrance, we recommend the Hen Wallow Falls hike directly across the road from the picnic area.  This is a beautiful, moderate 4.4 mile hike.

 

 

 

Ober Gatlinburg

Taking guests high above the town of Gatlinburg, Ober Gatlinburg is the largest gondola in the United States.  The Ober Gatlinburg gondola takes you on a breath-taking ride to the mountain tops overlooking the town of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains.  Upon arriving at the top of the mountain, guests will find a small, child-friendly amusement park, as well as an indoor ice skating rink that is open year-round.  In the winter, the mountain top magically transforms into a ski resort with fun for skiers of all skill levels.

 

 

Ripley's Aquarium

Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies has been a favorite for Smoky Mountain Falls guests for years. Come face-to-face with sharks, eels, sea turtles, and a seemingly countless variety of other sea creatures.

The shark lagoon is a favorite - visitors are up close to these most feared of ocean species.   Kids will enjoy crawling through the tunnels of the Penguins Playground, a highly interactive exhibit of these amazing birds that is considered one of the best penguin exhibits in the world.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies also offers a number of educational workshops, camps, and classes for children during the summer.  A vacation to Gatlinburg isn't complete without a visit to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

 

 

Titanic Museum

Guests of Smoky Mountain Falls cabins in Gatlinburg and Cosby should plan on visiting this amazing museum in Pigeon Forge, TN. Just a short drive from all of our cabins, "Titanic" is the most comprehensive collection of this most infamous of all sea calamities.

Titanic includes a life size replica of the original Titanic, with numerous articles recovered from the actual wreckage on display. Titanic is highly interactive - each museum-goer is assigned a name of one of the passengers, and it is only at the end of the tour that you find out whether you were one of the lucky ones who was rescued from the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic!

 

 

Rocky Top Sports World

If your athlete is participating in an event at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Falls can provide a cabin in or near Gatlinburg for your stay! This state-of-the-art, 80 acre complex, is host to many prominent youth, club, and college sporting events, including soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Rocky Top Sports World is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after venues in the southeast United States for youth sporting events. On the eastern side of Gatlinburg, Rocky Top Sports World is a short drive from most of our cabins.

 

 

Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is a must see!   You will ride a glass elevator 400 feet above Gatlinburg, and arrive at an observation deck that provides a unique view of the Great Smoky Mountains – 360 degrees!   From the observation deck, you will see a complete panoramic view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Mount LeConte, the highest peak in the eastern United States, is easily spotted from the observation deck,

Higher Learning, a new feature at the Gatlinburg Space Needle, will provide you with an wonderful educational experience in Smoky Mountains “101”, a brief overview of these mountains, the oldest mountain range on the earthy.

 

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is Gatlinburg’s only live, on-stage musical comedy show.  Opened in 1977, the theatre is also the oldest continuously-running live show in the Smoky Mountains.   The theatre’s unique format takes show goers back to the old Music Hall and Vaudeville days of the 1890s to 1920s.

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre was named a National Historical Treasure by the city of Gatlinburg, and was recognized by the 112th Tennessee State Senate.  Over 30 original musical comedies have had their premiere at the theatre, with a number of these comedies going on to play in Atlantic City, New York, and Las Vegas.

Take the family to the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre for plenty of laughs and fun.  Because it is a live, on-stage production two shows are quite the same!