The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the United States, not just because of the beauty the mountains offer, but also the many fun and exciting things there are to do in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. Listed below are just a sampling of the many attractions, shows, dinner shows, shopping, and restaurants that Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg have to offer. Take your time and click through to see exactly what fun you can have making memories on an unforgettable Smoky Mountain Getaway!!
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Pigeon Forge, a mountain town and vacation area in eastern Tennessee, is the home of Dollywood, country singer Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed park consisting of rides, an adjoining water park and a museum of her costumes and memorabilia. The city’s other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton's Stampede and outlet malls.
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Gatlinburg, a mountain town in eastern Tennessee, is known as a gateway to the roughly 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Many of its key attractions offer sweeping views of the neighboring park, including the 407-ft. Space Needle observation tower and the Sky Lift, a 2.1-mile aerial cable car that journeys from Downtown to the popular amusement park and ski resort Ober Gatlinburg.
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Sevierville is a city in east Tennessee. To the south, Great Smoky Mountains National Park has forest trails and waterfalls. A statue of country singer Dolly Parton, a Sevierville native, is downtown by the 1896 beaux arts–style courthouse. The Tennessee Museum of Aviation has vintage aircraft, including 2 rare P-47 Thunderbolts. To the east, the Forbidden Caverns are vast underground caves with calcite formations.
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Great Smoky Mountain National Park Information
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains.
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Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.
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Clingmans Dome is a popular Park destination. Located along the state-line ridge, it is half in North Carolina and half in Tennessee. The peak is accessible after driving Clingmans Dome Road from Newfound Gap, and then walking a steep half-mile trail. A paved trail leads to a 54-foot observation tower. The Appalachian Trail crosses Clingmans Dome, marking the highest point along its 2,144 mile journey.
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
An exuberant mountain stream gave this area its unusual name. Roaring Fork is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent.
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A variety of historic buildings have been preserved in the valley, including two churches, a school, and several homes and outbuildings. This is the best place in the park to see historic frame buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is “Paradise Found” for people who like to walk in the mountains. Over 150 different trails are maintained in the park—more than 800 miles in all—offering hikers a lifetime’s worth of exploration and adventure. Among America’s national parks, only Yellowstone and Yosemite have more miles of trails.
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Area Event Centers
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Located along the banks of the Little Pigeon River, in the heart of Pigeon Forge, the architecture and design of the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge exudes a mountain lodge ambiance. When the design and planning for this impressive event and meeting facility began, the name was chosen as a tribute to the building’s spectacular view of Mount LeConte in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Gatlinburg Convention Center
The Gatlinburg Convention Center has played host to a wide-range of functions such as product trade shows, dance and cheerleading competitions, religious conferences, corporate functions and association meetings. Whether your gathering is for 60 or 6,000, they will work with you to accommodate your needs and help you host an exceptional event.
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Sevierville Convention Center
The Sevierville Convention Center will do more than meet your expectations. It will exceed them at every opportunity, offering a facility design that addresses the specialized needs of competitive arts, trade and retails shows, meeting conventions, retreats, seminars, banquets, receptions and or holiday parties. The ballroom area is simply beautiful and can accommodate up to 1100 people. Of course if your event requires a more intimate approach they can provide total privacy and breakdown specialized to the individual client needs
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Rocky Top Sports World
Rocky Top Sports World is a state-of-the-art, indoor and outdoor sports campus located in Gatlinburg, TN, surrounded by the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They’ve quickly become the destination for sports teams and youth sporting events and tournaments in the Southeast region.
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The Ripken Experience
The Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge features a breathtaking backdrop of the Smoky Mountains and overlooks the town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The six replicas of professional ballparks at this complex, each with unique dimensions and characteristics, are designed to offer fun challenges for hitters and fielders alike
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