Rocky Top Trail
Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, explore an underground world, take a wildflower hike and see first hand why this magical landscape draws nature-lovers from around the globe — from serious adventurers to shutterbugs and picnickers.
Visitors enjoy bits of Gatlinburg"™s rich and abundant history along with a carefully chosen selection of fine wines made on site. Free samples of all their ward-winning wines are offered daily to all those 21 years and older.
Rafting in Smokies - Hartford
Say “Yes!” to the Best in the Smokies Let Rafting in the Smokies show you the best East Tennessee vacation imaginable. Whether you want to float on the Pigeon River, ride its thrilling rapids or play on our 10-acre Family Adventure Island, it’s all waiting for you at Rafting in the Smokies. Whitewater Rafting Experts Since 1978 Whichever part of the Pigeon River floats your boat, our professional guides are there to ensure a good, safe time for everyone. No experience is necessary. Want exciting white water with Class III and IV rapids? Then the Upper Pigeon Rafting is your ride! Great for ages 8 and up.Prefer a gentle float trip? Hop on Lower Pigeon Float trips for a scenic, relaxing ride ideal for ages 3 and up, including grandparents. An Adventure Island of Family Fun for All Ages Take the 150-foot swinging bridge and enter Family Adventure Island, a 10-acre oasis of flying and climbing action. And, you’ll enjoy picnic tables and grills, a children’s play area with swings, and a swimming beach. Play hard or kick back, it’s up to you! Zip through the trees on almost a mile of ziplines on our Zipline Course, including two towers with 600-foot dual racing lines. Spin around or hang upside down!Climb your way through 12 activities in our High Elements Ropes Challenge Course. Our guides ensure your safety; an adventurous spirit is the only requirement!Stroll our nature trail and soak up the Pigeon River’s flora and fauna.Use your GPS to find the geocache located on the island. Mix and Match Your Ideal Vacation Spend the day or your whole vacation with Rafting in the Smokies. We offer special combo packages for raft & zip; raft & rope; and raft, rope & zip, and paddle and saddle with horseback riding. Check out all our Adventure Packages & Specials here. Make the most of your precious and valuable vacation time””let Rafting in the Smokies show you the best of the Great Smoky Mountains for the best value.
Applewood Farmhouse Grill - Sevierville
Built in 1921, this six-room farmhouse, known as the Roger Mullendore House, is now a restaurant, well liked for its charm and home cookin'. In the parlor, look for woodwork by craftsman Lewis Buckner. The site is a working apple orchard, and also features a general store and cider mill (housed in the original barn) and winery. Restaurant 250 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-1222 The Apple Barn & Cider Mill 230 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-453-9319 The Apple Barn Winery 220 Apple Valley Rd. Sevierville, 865-428-6850
Smoky Mountain Outdoors
A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipient year after year, Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the leading rafting company on the Pigeon River. The Pigeon River offers outstanding whitewater rafting in the Smoky Mountains just a short drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Maggie Valley. Enjoy magnificent Smoky Mountain scenery while your professional guide navigates you through exciting class 3 to 4 rapids on the Upper Pigeon. Our Lower Pigeon River trip offers a mild and scenic class 1 and 2 float for the less adventurous nature lover. Try paddling your own inflatable kayak on the Lower Pigeon! Also consider our guided hike and rafting combo - ask about Pack and Paddle. Visit us online: http://www.smokymountainrafting.com or call 1-800-771-7238 for information and reservations.
Enjoy our daily tours and tastings with our welcoming staff as you experience the world of wine in a brand new way! We specialize in sparkling and Italian style wines, ranging from dry to sweet, and everything in between. Popular choices include our Pinot Grigio and the nearly famous Black and Blue! Going local is important to us and we can prove it! We use over 85% TN grown fruit in our wines from over 50 vineyards spread out across East and Middle Tennessee. Come sample the variety and enjoy the excellence of Hillside Winery. Member of the Rocky Top Wine Trail: www.RockyTopWineTrail.com.
Mountain Valley Vineyards
Mountain Valley Vineyards, opened in 1991, is Tennessees largest! Stop by for a tour of our facility where you will get wonderful insights into the skill and dedication required to produce our award-winning wines. A visit to our tasting room will allow you the opportunity to sample the varietes and make your choices to bring home. Our friendly staff will be glad to assist you as we take the journey from grape to bottle! Visit the largest winery in the state of Tennessee and take back some memories. Member of the Rocky Top Wine Trail - www.RockyTopWineTrail.com.
The Old Mill
This 1830s structure is one of the most photographed mills in the country, and it still grinds the flour and meal used every day in the Old Mill Restaurant and Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille. Pick up a bag of either at the Old Mill General Store and stroll the shops on the Old Mill Square for area crafts and goodies, including Pigeon River Pottery, first started in 1945 using local clays for their art. This is also a great place to park and take the trolley to Dollywood. 175 Old Mill Ave. Pigeon Forge: 865-428-0771 Old Mill & General Store: 865-453-4628 Old Mill Restaurant: 865-429-3463 Pottery House Café & Grille: 865-453-6002 Pigeon River Pottery: 865-453-1104
Tennessee Museum of Aviation
Visit this high-flying museum to see historic aircraft, including two World War II Thunderbolts . With dozens of planes, war exhibits and the airport next door, you never know what type of aircraft will be making a pit stop.
Hidden Mountain Resort
The original log cabin resort in the Smoky Mountains. Family owned and operated since 1981. Hidden Mountain offers 1-14 bedroom fully-equipped Log Cabins, Farmhouse Cottages, and Mountaintop Villas; The Dell, a Class A Motorcoach Resort; and The Lodge- a log cabin conference hall. Resort amenities include onsite office, swimming pools, workout rooms and picnic pavilions. Conveniently located to all the shopping, attractions, and restaurants of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg.
Built in 1896, the Sevier County Courthouse is the centerpiece of downtown. At a cost of $21,042, this is the fifth one built within 100 years after the others burned at various times. Prominent African American brick mason, Isaac Dockery, was instrumental in the city's post Civil War construction boom and was hired to complete the brick work for the courthouse. Walk to other highlights in downtown including D Garden Floratique housed in historic Sevierville Hardware building, and a photo opportunity at, the bronze statue of hometown girl Dolly Parton.
Wildwater Ltd. - Pigeon River
Since 1971, Wildwater has been the leader in quality outdoor adventures. For ages 5 to seniors, Wildwater delivers fun with a quality service guarantee. An adventure destination with picnic shelters, volleyball, climbing wall, zip line and store.
If you're planning for outdoor adventure on the Rocky Top Trail, this is the place for gear. Designed by the team responsible for Bass Pro Shops, this LEED certified outfitter features a large selection of camping, hiking, fishing and canoeing supplies. There's so much to see here that the shop offers guided tours.
Flyaway Indoor Skydiving
Experience human flight in this vertical wind tunnel. Pigeon Forge is one of only a handful of cities in the U.S. where you can enjoy the thrill of skydiving without jumping from a plane. Don't miss your chance!
East Tennessee History Center
See the first rifle of Davy Crockett, America's frontier hero and Tennessee's native son. Walk along a re-creation of the city's early 1900 street corner and climb aboard Streetcar No. 416. Stroll through the signature exhibit, "'Voices of the Land: the People of East Tennessee," interpreting history and culture of the region's 35 counties over the last 250 years.
Bush Beans Visitor Center
Discover the home of the "No. 1 Baked Beans in the World" when you visit the A.J. Bush & Company general store, founded in 1897. Now a museum, gift shop, theatre and cafe, see Jay Bush hand his loyal dog Duke on the big screen; walk through the canning process - literally - in a giant replica; learn your weight in beans and snap a photo with Duke. Make sure you try the pinto bean pie. Open Mon-Sat.
Mast General Store
Constructed in 1898 after Knoxville's "Million Dollar Fire"", this building is a retail landmark. Its 2006 renovation maintained its general store roots, featuring clothing items, a mercantile department of iron cookware, pottery, baskets and over 500 old fashioned, hard-to-find candies. No matter what you're looking for, it's likely here.
CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains
Located in Gatlinburg, TN, your feet won’t touch the ground for 2 1/2 hours as you soar from tree to tree on our 9 world-class ziplines. Or rent a bike and ride through the forest on our challenging yet family-friendly mountain bike trail. Book your adventure at climbworkscanopy.com Challenge. Learn. Inspire. Master. Believe. Are you ready to C.L.I.M.B.?
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
This reconstruction offers a glimpse into 18th-century life in a British fort in the Cherokee Nation. The original fort was used from 1756-1760 by the Independent Company of South Carolina. The compelling history of the fort and surrounding area is told through living history programs throughout the year; the 18th Century Trade Faire is just one of these spectacular events. The park surrounding the fort offers a beach for swimming, walking trails and a covered picnic pavilion. Visitor center open daily, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; fort open daylight-dark.
Historic Ramsey House
This 1797 home was built by Thomas Hope for Colonel Francis A. Ramsey, one of the founders of Blount College, now the University of Tennessee. His son, William B.A. Ramsey, was the first elected mayor of Knoxville. Visit over 100 acres, including a visitor center, gift shop, museum exhibits, picnic areas and heirloom gardens for strolling. Bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds, and don't miss your chance to tour a home that's over 200 years old.
Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery - Gatlinburg
Visit Tennessee's first legal moonshine distillery to sample and buy authentic spirits, created from recipes over 200 years old. Learn about the area's moonshine history and try the original mountain moonshine mixture, made with local corn. See why this fascinating stop was featured on The Today Show.
Incredible Christmas Place
It's Christmas all year long at the South's largest Christmas shopping village. Be amazed by over 60 designer Christmas Trees, hundreds of unique and personalized ornaments, décor and other festive treats. Across the street, stroll inside the Inn at Christmas Place, a rising four-star hotel with holiday sights and sounds year-round. Inn at Christmas Place: 865-868-0525
Cocke County Partnership / Department of Tourism Development
East Tennessee Crossing (Hwy 25E) stretches 83 miles in Tennessee from the Cumberland Gap, southeast to the Cherokee National Forest. It has been used since prehistoric times by pioneer travelers, hunters and tourists alike, and is as well traveled as it is named. It has been known as the Cherokee Warriors' Path, originally cut by bison and used by Native American tribes. It was also called Wilderness Road, an important route for settlers from the East Coast colonies moving west into "new" lands.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
See why they call this "the most fun place to eat in the Smokies." Enjoy a four-course feast with your fingers while watching thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects and some friendly North/South competition. Drop by throughout the day and enjoy a free, leisurely stroll alongside their open-air stables to sneak a peek at the magnificent horses. Reservations suggested.
Cades Cove Riding Stables
45 years experience. Enjoy our waterfall horseback riding adventure or take in view on a carriage ride. Horse drawn hayrides include a bonfire and marshmallow roasting.
Arts & Culture Alliance
This renovated space is Knoxville's first true arts center. It functions as the hub of the city's growing arts district in the 100 block, an area fully renovated in 2010 through a beautification project. Stroll the collection of gallery and studio spaces to see works by local artists as well as artists at work.
Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center
Discover Appalachian history and the culture of the people who lived in what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about Native American and pioneer life, see an original, once-operational underground moonshine still, saw mill and a "set-off house," a one-room temporary home used by loggers on their jobs. This is also the meeting place for the Cades Cove Heritage Tour, and tickets can be bought inside.
Smoky Mountain Knife Works & National Knife Museum
Over a million people visit the "world's largest knife showplace" every year. This place has blades for gourmet cooking, adventure camping, and game hunting to replicas of movie knives and historical weapons.
Creekwalk Inn B & B and Cabins at Whisperwood Farm
Creekwalk Inn is a centrally located Gatlinburg bed and breakfast, poised just 63 miles from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville to the east, and 19 miles from Gatlinburg and its neighbor Pigeon Forge to the west. Explore both North Carolina and Tennessee from our comfortable lodging accommodations. Many of the most beautiful, yet little-known, gems of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are easily reached by delightful byways well known by your innkeeper. Our log cabin bed and breakfast is a short scenic drive from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Each of the seven rooms at Creekwalk preserves the natural charm of a log home on a private estate. Casual, rustic, exquisite in food as well as architecture--enhanced by the lovely brook just a few feet away from your doorway.
Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts
The five galleries of this nationally recognized center for contemporary arts and crafts are popular stops for tourists and collectors alike. Check out the center's class schedule and return to hone your skills with the staff and artists in residence.
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this stop is your chance to learn the story of Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee writing system. Learn about the fascinating history of the Overhill Cherokees, their family life, customs, beliefs, and the sadness of the Trail of Tears. Visit the Cherokee Memorial, also at this site, a common burial site for Cherokee remains that were recovered during archeological studies of the Little Tennessee River prior to the creation of Tellico Lake. Open Mon.-Sat., 9a.m.-5p.m.; Sun., noon-5p.m.
This world-famous sky tower was the centerpiece of the 1982 World's Fair. Today, it provides amazing views of downtown and has become the signature of Knoxville's skyline. Take the elevator up and head to the free, public observation deck for a 360° view, complete with information providing history and details about notable sights.
Said to be Tennessee's oldest pancake house, they've been serving pancakes and other favorites for more than 50 years. Considered a Gatlinburg tradition, if you plan to have breakfast here, make your way early, or expect a short wait.
The first frame house built west of the Appalachian Mountains in 1792, this was the home of territorial Governor and signer of the U.S. Constitution, William Blount. It served, for a period, as the administrative capital of the Southwestern Territory, and was also the first building in the area with windows, causing the Cherokee to call it "the house with many eyes." Blount died here in 1800, but the house had another significant tenant: Confederate spy Belle Boyd, who used it as her refuge in 1863.
Visit this museum, located in the Farragut Town Hall, for a treasure trove of photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the town and surrounding community, including items from the Battle of Campbell's Station and other events during the Civil War. Outside the museum, see the statue of Admiral Farragut, America's first U.S. Navy admiral and famous for the command, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" Open Mon.-Fri.
Miss Lily's Cafe' & Catering
Indulge your guests with Miss Lily's Catering services. Miss Lily's Catering will ease the stress of planning your catered event with our menus and upfront pricing. We are sure you will find our southern-gourmet cuisine delightful and a treat for your taste buds.
Cherokee National Forest
The largest tract of public land in Tennessee, Cherokee National Forest is located in East Tennessee, stretching from Chattanooga to Bristol along the North Carolina border. The 640,000-acre Cherokee National Forest lies in the heart of the Southern Appalachian mountain range, a remarkably diverse area. A place of scenic beauty and home to more than 20,000 species of plants and animals, Cherokee National Forest is visited by millions each year. The forest contains such notable sites as Ocoee River; 150 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Citico Creek Wilderness; Big Frog Mountain within Big Frog Wilderness and Watauga Reservoir. Recreational opportunities in the forest are diverse: trout fishing, wind sailing, water skiing, boating, hiking and equestrian trails. Camping is available for RVs, primitive and tent camping. Upon entering this national forest, the 80-foot high Laurel Falls is located just off the Appalachian Trail.
James White Fort
Revolutionary War veteran James White was given a land grant of 1,000 acres for his service; he built his two-story log house on the present site of Knoxville in 1786. Today, this re-creation of his homestead is the city's most visited historic site, containing some of the original logs, pioneer artifacts and furnishings. See how people lived during the pioneer era through tours and hands-on interpretations of open-hearth cooking, blacksmithing and spinning.
Tennessee Valley Winery
Perched on a bluff overlooking Loudon County, this winery offers more than awardwinning wines; you'll find music most weekends during the summer and a lively festival in October. Stop in for a tasting and stock up on your favorites —- wines sold here are made from grapes grown here. It's a true taste of Tennessee.
Jim Gray Gallery
Visit this century-old former church for fine art and handmade crafts by this iconic landscape and portrait artist. Behind the gallery is Ogle's Broom Shop, home of a third-generation broom maker offering functional and decorative brooms and hiking sticks. Next door is The Cliff Dwellers, a 1930s cliff-side home to six gallery artists showing and selling works in watercolor, glass, decorative paper, weaving and pottery. Next to Jim Gray, find beautiful wood items at Ownby's Woodcraft. 670 Glades Rd. Gatlinburg 865-436-8988 Ogle's Broom Shop.
Knoxville Visitors Center on Historic Gay Street
<p>Learn all about the city's attractions here. This spot serves as a platform for all that is unique about Knoxville —gifts, music & food. Catch WDVX's live Blue Plate Special broadcast, free to all visitors. The acclaimed radio show has a worldwide fan base and has drawn an astonishing array of musicians, from local unknowns to major stars like banjo wizard Bela Fleck and Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to play for the casual lunchtime crowd.</p>
Head underground to view sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, grottos and a crystal clear stream. Special lighting effects, a stereophonic sound presentation and knowledgeable tour guides make this one of Tennessee's best cavern experiences.
This beautiful valley is one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's a great place to watch wildlife or explore history, with more historic buildings than any area of the national park including houses, barns and a working grist mill. At the cove entrance, you'll find camping and picnicking opportunities along a mountain stream. Take the 11-mile, one-way loop around the cove to visit the historic structures, take a nature walk or hike, rent a horse for a trail ride, or simply take in the spectacular views. Allow a few hours to experience the area; you'll find a visitors center with restrooms about half way around the loop. Cade Cove's moderately strenuous Anthony Creek Trail leads to Rocky Top atop Thunderhead Mountain.
Emerts Cove Covered Bridge
This covered bridge is dedicated to the area's first family of settlers. Frederick Emert was a Revolutionary War soldier who found this haven in 1784, calling it Emerts Cove. Travel another .5 mile to visit the cemetery, where he is buried.
Wilderness At The Smokies Hotel & WaterPark Resort
Wilderness at the Smokies Hotel & Waterpark Resort is more than a luxurious vacation and meeting destination. It’s a whole new concept of fun for your Smoky Mountain vacation! Our indoor and outdoor waterparks are only for resort guests and are included with your stay. Wilderness is home to the Wild WaterDome, Tennessee’s largest indoor waterpark, with a see-through roof that will weatherproof your vacation and give you the opportunity to tan inside all year long. Along with year-round indoor waterpark fun, you will find two outdoor waterparks right outside your guest room door! Wilderness has received national recognition from several prestigious sources. Among them are: Southern Living Magazine’s “Visit the South’s Best Pools,” TotsandTravel.com’s list of “10 Best Indoor Waterpark Resorts,” Aquatics International 2011 IT Book’s list of “Top Waterpark Resorts.” Sevierville’s Wilderness at the Smokies has all the amenities for a perfect family vacation, including a fitness center, arcade, restaurants (where kids eat free), shopping, golf, mini-golf, rafting and free attraction tickets. You will be surrounded by the majestic beauty of the historic Smoky Mountains, family fun activities, attractions and entertainment, and shopping among unique crafters and big-name outlets. From exploring the hidden trails of the Appalachians to delighting in a heart-pumping, country-inspired theme park, you’re sure to have the time of your life.
1424 Old Knoxville Highway
Sevierville, TN 37876
Adventure Park at Five Oaks
This Adventurous Zipline is located on the parkway in Sevierville, TN. Adventure Park Ziplines has multiple options for you to zipline at speeds up to 50 mph through 70 acres of trees, streams, and great mountain scenes. Choose to ride 2, 7, or 9 line tours on ziplines from 450ft to 2500 ft during this thrilling outdoor experience. This is a great adventure for the entire family ages 3 to 93. “Zip at Night” is an exciting spin on a great adventure zipline beginning June 13th through August 16th. Once the sun goes down we still Zip to show off the city lights sprinkled throughout in the Great Smoky Mountains. Look out to see the glow of the city lights. Also enjoy our Five Oaks Riding Stables of pioneer trails for the entire family. Ride through the mountain streams, take in the fresh air, look for our old fashion moonshine distillery, and enjoy amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. Our most popular ride is our 6 mile, 1 hour adventure for ages 3 to 93. We welcome parents to have their little ones from ages 3 ”“ 5 to double up their saddle during the experience. Saddle up your horse and ride with us! Five Oaks Riding Stables ”“ 1(877) 809-2666 Adventure Ziplines - 1(877) 708-7697 BRAND NEW!!! Adventure Tree Tops Ropes Course - 1(877) 351 4278 Watch Our Video Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR2pawYIUpI
Laurel Springs Lodge Bed & Breakfast
An authentic 1930s mountain lodge, located in Gatlinburg, an easy walk downtown. Just five miles to the Smoky Mountain National Park and Pigeon Forge. Minutes from horseback riding, golf courses, skiing, rafting, Ober Gatlinburg and Dollywood.
Elegance and period charm mix with grand views of the Smokies at this classic 1938 inn. Stop here to experience one of the largest meditation labyrinths in the U.S., open to people of all faiths and creeds from sunrise to sunset. Evening dining open to public.
The Market Square Farmers' Market is an open-air, seasonal market located on historic Market Square featuring organic produce, free-range meat and eggs, honey, baked goods, herbs, plants and dairy, as well as artisan crafts. From May through November, every Saturday from 9am-2pm and Wednesday from 11am-2pm.
Wall Avenue to Union Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
World's Fair Park & Festival Center
This was the site of the 1982 World's Fair, a six-month exposition and global event featuring new technologies in energy and conservation. Attendance was recorded at 11,127,786 visitors; it was the last successful World's Fair held in the U.S. Today, the park is home to the Knoxville Convention Center, the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial, and more.
Blaine's Grill & Bar
Come to Blaine's to enjoy the best dining and entertainment experience to the Smoky Mountains! Offering a variety of great food, an enjoyable atmosphere, and a convenient location, Blaine’s is a must on your Gatlinburg visit! Experience Gatlinburg like never before and dine on our balcony overlooking downtown and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains! If you're looking for the best All-American food in Gatlinburg, it's got to be Blaine's! Finally some fun!
Clarion Inn - Willow River
Antebellum luxury and Southern hospitality. Return to Southern traditions. Private balconies, deluxe continental breakfast. Just minutes to Dollywood, outlet shopping, Knifeworks, music shows. The CHOICE place to stay in the Smokies.
Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge
The Great Smoky Mountains and the Roots of Rock: two of the unique aspects of East Tennessee that make Gatlinburg a one-of-a-kind Gateway to the most visited National Park in the country and a jewel city in the Wedding Capital of the South.
Knoxville Museum of Art
Get your fill of awe-inspiring works of contemporary 20th- and 21st-century art in four galleries dedicated to design, emerging artists, a wonderful permanent collection and thematic group exhibitions. Admission is free, and you'll find live music almost every Friday night. Walk next door for a sweet snack at the Candy Factory, home to some of the South's finest chocolates with a history dating to 1917. Knoxville Museum of Art 1050 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville Candy Factory 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville 865-522-2049
Log Cabin Pancake House - Pigeon Forge
Many varieties of pancakes and egg specials, as well as country ham, biscuits and gravy, and all-you-can-eat country lunch and dinner buffets, are featured at this restaurant that serves a breakfast menu all day long and has a wonderful, relaxing antique atmosphere. April-December 6:45 am-3:00 pm January-March 6:45 am-2:00 pm
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Enjoy the best whitewater rafting in the Smokies with Rapid Expeditions. Our experienced, friendly and fun-loving guides are ready to show you and your family a great time rafting on the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains. Plus, we're very close to the towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville for all you vacationers looking for a great day of river rafting in the Smokies. The rafting portion of the Pigeon River is a dam-controlled body of water which operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We strongly encourage participants to schedule their rafting trip on a release date for maximum enjoyment, but it is not necessary. The water may also be released on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, but it is not guaranteed. Rapid expeditions will be scheduling trips at 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 on the scheduled release days, but you can schedule a great rafting trip YEAR-ROUND on any day of the week. If you want to go rafting, we'd love to be your guides!
Frank H. McClung Museum - University of Tennessee
This acclaimed museum is a great place to learn about East Tennessee and the world around us. Established in the 1960s, its exhibits focus on anthropology, archaeology, decorative arts, and natural and local history, including the Battle of Fort Sanders. Experience all the site has to offer, and don't miss the museum shop for unique items and books for kids and adults.
Sam Houston Schoolhouse
This schoolhouse museum, built in 1794, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Tennessee historic site. At the age of 18, Sam Houston taught school in what is now a museum displaying artifacts and teaching tools used by Houston and other area educators.
Carver's Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard
Overlook the Smokies and apple orchards and have a delightful meal at Carver's Applehouse! Actually a family farm orchard, the Carvers have been growing apples in the area since the 1940s. Kyle Carver started his orchard in 1942, hand grafting and planting apple trees in his cornfield. The orchard now sits on 75 acres in Cosby, boasting over 40,000 trees and 126 varieties of apples. To whet your appetite, you will be brought a basket of apple fritters served with apple butter and a juice glass of apple cider. Sample a breakfast special, served with Carver's homemade apple cider and crispy apple fritters, with Carver's homemade apple butter, 2 eggs any style, grits or gravy, fried apples or oven-browned potatoes and homemade buttermilk biscuits. The catfish is legendary, pair it with pinto beans and fried apples; the chicken pot pie is exceptional. In the store, you will find a dazzling array of canned goods from relishes to jams--the perfect gifts to take home.Appalachian specialties such as lye soap, apple butter, candies and, of course, their legendary fried apple pies are available at the store. LearnMore About Carver's Orchard & Apple House Restaurant: Apple house restaurant & orchard Tours Apples, peaches, grapes, honey, apple butter, apple cider, hot fried apple piesServing breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Rip Roaring Adventures Whitewater Rafting
Ready to go whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee? Join us for one of the most popular whitewater rafting trips in the country, with an exciting, fun-filled adventure for you and your group. Spectacular Smoky Mountains scenery awaits you on your rafting trip. No experience necessary. We put a professional whitewater rafting guide in every raft to keep your trip safe and enjoyable. You may purchase pictures of your Pigeon River experience to take home. Both the Upper Pigeon River and the Lower Pigeon River are available for rafting through us.
"Rocky Top," the trail's namesake song, was written in 1967 by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in this 1930s-era inn. The inn also appears in the movie, "A Walk in the Spring Rain," (1970) starring Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Quinn and Fritz Weaver. Visitors are welcome in the lobby; stop in and view memorabilia. Open April-Oct.
Ijams Nature Center
This 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center is one of Knoxville's jewels with forests, streams, caves and wetlands preserved and protected for all to enjoy. There are 10 miles of hikerfriendly trails, including a boardwalk along the Tennessee River. The visitor center showcases nature exhibits, past and present, of the area. Mead's Quarry and Ross Marble Natural Area also open to mountain bikers.
Lake Tellico Lodge
Bed and Breakfast on Lake Tellico Lodge. Deluxe rooms with private baths, gathering room walking out to expansive patio overlooking the lake and guest kitchen and laundry. Large wrap-around deck from main floor where all meals are served. Many amenities include indoor billiards, games, fitness room, library. Outdoor activities include croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, badminton, practice range, kayaks, canoes, fishing, swimming. Jet Skis available from third party. Walking path access around the lake. Golf close by.
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Slow down and cruise this 6-mile, one-way driving journey through the forest to enjoy the historic buildings and scenic beauty of the area. This drive offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well preserved log cabins, grist mills and other historic buildings. Along the way is the trailhead for the popular Grotto Falls and a "wet weather"" waterfall called Place of a Thousand Drips. Closed in winter. Buses, trailers & motor homes not permitted on trail.
Armstrong-Lockett House & W.P. Toms Memorial Gardens "Crescent Bend"
Also known as the Armstrong- Lockett House, this 1834 home was once the centerpiece of a 600-acre farm. Today, it displays decorative arts from the 17th and 18th centuries, including 1832 French wallpaper intended for President Andrew Jackson's Nashville home, valued at $500,000. The superstitious Jacksons never hung it because it had been rescued from a burning barge. Stroll the grounds among the site's five magnificent fountains, nine beautiful terraces and formal Italian gardens.
Apple Valley Orchard
This is so much more than a general store; it's a true culinary delight. Find fudge made on site, try a fried apple pie turnover or sit down in the restaurant for hearty apple dumplings. The gift shop is large and legendary — you're sure to find the perfect gift for someone special or yourself. Take your time and relax in a rocker on the porch.
Mama's Farmhouse serves country food family style for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. There is no menu, your whole table gets big bowls of whatever Mama has on the stove that day. Like something a lot, get more as it is all you can eat of these Southern delicacies. And because Mama knows how expensive kids can be on vacation, kids 5 and under eat free everyday. Visit www.mamasfarmhouse.com to see a daily list of which yummy homemade items we are serving each day. Having rehearsal dinner, family reunion or any other large group? Mama's has a separate barn to house your special meal. Locally owned and operated by the Johnson Family of Restaurants.
Gracehill, two and half years in the making, was newly opened Thanksgiving of 2000. Imaginative and innovative Gracehill is a luxury, romantic accommodation. Without using a lot of adjectives we are hopeful the facilities will meet and hopefully exceed your expectations. The exterior is cedar shake siding and 200 tons of mountain dry stack stone. The interior is light filled with floor to ceiling windows. Gracehill is decorated with an eclectic blend of antiques and contains tin ceilings, stacked stone, stained glass, original art, and 12 foot high ceilings are found through out. The patios are local tumbled marble. The landscaping starts on the approach, winding up the side of Little Round Top Mountain. Other than the 80 bush formal rose garden the landscaping and water features are natural and blend into the woods. Gracehill has enough covered verandas (2000 sq ft), patios, and gardens for each guest to sit and contemplate life in solitude. The privacy is second only to the view. Although we are in the country there is nothing “country” about upscale Gracehill! Black Tie Class with Blue Jean Comfort...
Set in upscale, relaxed pace sophistication, Seasons offers innovative, American bistro-style cuisine. The menu is influenced by classical cooking techniques and seasonal offerings with an emphasis on freshness. A carefully hand-selected wine list invites the diner to experiment with dish and wine pairings. The American Bistro style menu is designed around moderate pricing with high-quality preparation and presentation. The cuisine is influenced by classical cooking techniques and seasonal offerings with an emphasis on freshness. A carefully hand selected wine list invites the quest to experiment with food and wine pairings, as well as wine makers they may not have sampled in the past ”“ all within a moderate price structure.The restaurants interior is designed to be warm, yet modern, enveloped in soft lighting, rich colors and accents of wood and stone. The ambiance creates an air of casual sophistication.
Foxfire Mountain Adventures
Foxfire Mountain has been in business for three years. On our 150 acre park, we offer a zip line canopy tour, an 8-wheeled amphibious ATV tour and the nations longest swinging bridge adventure. Hike our trail up to lost mine falls which used to be a civil war iron mine. During the summer we offer BBQ and farm-made icecream. We are a family entertainment center where people can come enjoy our farm atmosphere for the day.
Art Market Gallery
This cooperative of local East Tennessee artists provides a vibrant marketplace for original art and fine crafts. Over 60 artists and craftspeople are represented here; works range from traditional to contemporary. Pick up a true East Tennessee original.
Historic Downtown Loudon
Explore this charming county seat, starting at the 1872 Colonial Revival -style Loudon County Courthouse.
101 Mulberry St.
Loudon, TN 37774
Little River Outfitters
This familyowned fly shop and school has become a landmark in the fly fishing world and serves anglers who visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park to fish in its 800 miles of wild trout streams. Free fly tying demos most Sat., Nov.-Feb.
One-mile paved riverwalk connecting a visitor center, attractions, restaurants, historical markers and refreshing waterfalls and fountains. Volunteer Landing is a place to run, walk, play, get wet, and just have fun. Running parrallel to the Tennessee River, this riverwalk allows venues for visitiors to fish, bike, and other water sports. This area is a site to see during the University of Tennessee football season.
Rocky Top Village Inn
Our Gatlinburg motel is conveniently located less than one block from the Convention Center, next door to the Log Cabin Pancake House and within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg restaurants, shops, attractions and other fun things to do! Room types including Full, Queen and King; Smoking and non-smoking; and a limited number of pet friendly rooms. You'll enjoy daily maid service, High-Speed Wireless Internet access, cable TV, microwave, mini-refrigerators, free local telephone, and excellent water pressure! http://www.rockytopvillageinn.com Our property offers a front door trolley stop, free parking, an outdoor heated swimming pool and kiddie pool, picnic area with tables, and guest laundry. Each morning of our stay visit our lobby for fresh coffee and complimentary Krispy Kreme doughnuts too! Meeting facility available for 50-75 people, great for families and large groups. http://www.rockytopvillageinn.com
Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
Learn about the region's outdoor opportunities at this recreational hub. Rent a bike, a boat or a standup paddleboard from River Sports Outfitters while shopping for premier outdoor brand gear and equipment.
Highland Manor Inn & Conf. Center
Peaceful, quiet, hilltop location with a beautiful view of the mountains. Private Whirlpools. Fireplaces. Family operated by Don and Sandy, the same folks who built the inn in 1982. Excellent accommodations. Complimentary WI-FI and Continental Breakfast. 2 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Wood-N-Strings Dulcimer Shop
The music of mountain dulcimers have graced the mountains and valleys of Appalachia for generations. Stop in and learn to play in just five minutes. Come on Saturday evenings mid-May through October and enjoy live music on the "Pickin' Porch."
Discover the LONGEST Zipline Adventure Tour in the United States!!! No trip to the Smoky Mountains is complete without a Wahoo of an adventure. You will thrill to the indescribable experience of riding America's newest zipline adventure above and through majestic woodlands revealing some of the Smokies' most spectacular scenery. Call 1-866-977-0332 or 865-977-0332 for reservations or visit www.wahooziplines.com
Off the highway, time seems to stand still as this "Preserve America"" community provides a unique blend of historic structures, culture and natural scenic beauty.
<p>Founded in 1786, this is the largest city in East Tennessee, offering museums, historic homes, dining and entertainment. It's a great place to explore big city attractions with a dose of small-town charm, with foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.</p>
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Get up close and personal with a shark and a giant sea turtle, or watch the penguins play at America's No. 1 aquarium, featuring a 1.4 million-gallon, world-class saltwater aquarium filled with more than 10,000 exotic sea creatures.
88 River Rd
In spring, this area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for its wildflowers. The drive from here to the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead provides good wildflower viewing from your car, while the Porters Creek Trail makes a good wildflower walk. Picnic area & trout fishing available year-round; limited park access.
Have a slice of pie and experience a rural slice of life at the Greenback Drug Co. & Diner, known for its great hamburgers and soda fountain. Next door is the Greenback Heritage Museum, displaying local artifacts. Museum open weekends.
Martha Jane Huskey Ogle Cabin
Mrs. Ogle is considered to be the first permanent settler of what is now known as Gatlinburg and this home is the oldest remaining structure. Arriving in 1807, this widow with eight children farmed the land claimed by her husband before his death. View the one-room cabin and numerous artifacts. June-October.
View the historic home of Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1745-1815), a true American frontiersman, soldier, and politician. Many Revolutionary War re-enactments take place on this site as well, and it's a great place for a picnic. Open Wed.-Sun.
1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Hwy
This sleepy town was founded by a group of Quakers from North Carolina in the 1790s. It became a hub for abolitionist activity in the area leading up to the Civil War, and served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Stop in Jacque's Whistle Stop Café for the signature chargrilled chicken and homemade lemonade in a rustic but lively setting. Locals also rave about the desserts. The walls are covered in vintage pieces and antiques, and each one is for sale.
Pittman Center Heritage Museum
Located in the new elementary school, this museum tells the town's cultural heritage. Open only during school hours, the view from the parking area alone is worth the trip.
2851 Webb Creek Road
This is one of 16 earthen forts and battery positions that protected Knoxville during the Civil War and is said to have the best preserved earthworks. From here, get a great view of the whole city, the high ridges beyond Fountain City and the Great Smoky foothills.
3000 Ft. Dickerson Rd.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park / Cosby Campground
This out-of-the-way spot is a favorite among locals and longtime Smokies visitors for camping, picnicking, and hiking. Try the popular 2-mile Hen Wallow Falls day hike, or the 1.4 mile walk to Sutton Ridge Overlook for spectacular views. More ambitious hikers should plan for the 12-mile, fairly strenuous round-trip hike to the Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower via the Low Gap Trailhead; views from the 4,928-foot summit are stunning. The hikes originate from the Cosby picnic area.
150 Troll Mountain Way
University of Tennessee Gardens
Take a peaceful stroll along the trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants in this beautiful garden, a part of UT's Institute of Agriculture. Plant sales, a weekend farmers market and educational programs make this a great yearround destination. Next door is the UT College of Veterinary Medicine's War Dog Memorial, commemorating canines that lost their lives in the line of duty.
Corner of Neyland Dr. & Jacob Dr.,
Foothills Parkway (West)
Take a scenic detour to experience unparalleled views of the Smokies and valley and ridge from the western section of Chilhowee Mountain. You'll find many scenic pull-offs along the way. About 10 miles into your drive, visit the observation tower at Look Rock, the section's highest point. At the end of the parkway, turn left on Hwy 129 to find yourself on the Tail of the Dragon, a favorite stretch for motorcycle and sports car drivers with 318 curves in just 11 miles, leading across Deals Gap into North Carolina.
Fox & Hound Supper Club
On the short list of favorites among the locals, Fox & Hound has good, dependable fare. The prime rib is notable, and the burgers are huge and delicious.
127 Fox and Hound Way
Foothills Parkway (East)
This is the state's oldest unfinished highway project, dating back to 1944. If completed, its 71 miles would run parallel to Tennessee's boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy beautiful mountain views to the south and the valley to the north.
Holloway's Country Home
Representing centuries of rural tradition, shop here for original and vintage quilts, or pick up a kit and supplies.
3892 Cosby Hwy
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge
Tour 20 galleries filled with authentic artifacts carried from the infamous ship by passengers and crew as it sank into the ocean in 1912. Learn their stories at the world's largest permanent Titanic exhibit.
Dancing Bear Lodge & Restaurant
Looking for a fine dining option? The Appalachian Bistro uses the best ingredients from the area for a tasteful and sophisticated experience with mountain tradition in mind. The lodging here is cozy and luxurious, providing premier accommodations in Smoky Mountain style. Dinner only, Wed.-Sun.; reservations recommended.
133 Apple Valley Way
The Fruit & Berry Patch
A "pick-your-own" fruit and berry farm featuring strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, apples and sweet corn. Homemade cider, honey, sorghum syrup and fruit slushes are also available as well as a petting zoo and goats for sale.
4407 McCloud Rd
Enjoy the view from the 120-passenger aerial tramway that takes you up to year-round ice skating, an alpine slide, snow sports, restaurant, shops and the Smoky Mountain Wildlife Encounter.
Carver's Orchard & Applehouse Restaurant
This 60-year-old roadside wonder overlooks 40,000 apple trees. Locals and travelers return often for a country breakfast or catfish dinner, served with crispy apple fritters, apple butter and apple cider. Browse the farmers market for many seasonal favorites, and find an Appalachian treasure at the gift shop.
3460 Cosby Hwy
Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
Stop in to shoot some hoops at the only facility of its kind in the world dedicated to women's basketball. This is a great stop for visitors of all ages, featuring an excellent collection of multimedia presentations, artifacts and hands-on experiences.
700 Hall of Fame Dr.
Loudon County Visitor's Bureau
Just up Grove Street past the Lyric Theatre, is this historic train depot built at the turn of the 20th century. Pick up brochures and other info about the area.
1075 N. Hwy 321
Discover some of the best history lessons and stunning natural beauty at the "Greatest Sight Under the Smokies." Take a guided tour of these 20- to 30-million-year-old caverns to learn about caves, their animal residents, cave onyx, rock formations and more; you'll never forget gazing in wonder at the "Big Room," which is more than 400 feet long, 300 feet across, and 150 feet deep. Open mid-March-mid-Nov.
825 Cavern Rd.
Fort Loudon Marina / Scenic Overlook
Located in Lenoir City Park, this marina on Fort Loudoun Lake is a great place to experience lake life. Catch great views from the dam, or take a seat at local favorite Calhoun's dockside restaurant and experience some of the finest BBQ ribs around. You can even reserve a pontoon boat to do some exploring just remember to place your Calhoun's order to go.
5200 City Park Dr.
Fort Loudon Marina
Salt & Pepper Museum
What's a road trip without an unusual collection or two? Check out this museum in Winery Square to see more than 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers from all over the world; you'll also view the world's largest pepper mill collection. Admission charged.
461 Brookside Village Way
Briarwood Auto Safari
Drive your car or ride the wagon on this 4-mile safari; see animals from around the world.
255 Briar Thicket Road
From the bank parking lot, walk to the Civil War marker to get a perspective on the community in the 1800s. Behind the bank is the Lenoir Home, the original 1820 home of Major William Lenoir, founder of Lenoir City. You'll also see the preserved ruins of the old Cotton Mill which was at one time the most prominent facility of the Lenoir Plantation.
Little River Railroad Museum
Learn about the historic logging and railroad industries that cleared more than 77,000 acres of what is now Great Smoky Mountains National Park between 1901 and 1939. See interpretive exhibits and the restored Shay Engine No. 2417, the last train that ran for Little River Railroad Company.
7747 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail
This 8-mile loop is more than an arts district; it's a window into an Appalachian artist's way of life. See craftsmen and artisans at work in the 120 shops and studio spaces that dot this drive. From copper, gold and Lucite to leather, painting and pottery, this area features compelling work in a true artistic community. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs, gifts and mementos. A brochure of all the artists is available at points 1 and 4.
461 Brookside Village Way
Lenoir City Museum
To the left of the Civil War marker is this Victorian cottage building from 1890 in the heart of Lenoir City. Make a stop and discover relics and documents from early 19th-century settlers. After you've taken your trip into history, sit down to a home-cooked meal at Good Eats Café & Bakery across the street. Museum open Thurs.-Sat.
Lenoir City Museum 110 Depot St.
Pigeon Forge Trolley
Just past the Old Mill Restaurant and across from Old Mill Square, choose your trolley journey: start your Dollywood adventure; head down the Parkway into Pigeon Forge and on to Sevierville; or travel back to connect with the Gatlinburg trolleys at the beginning of the trail. Behind the station, experience the Patriot Park Walk of Flags and get up-close and personal with a fullsize replica of a Patriot missile.
186 Old Mill Ave.
Stop in for helpful info about Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, tubing, horseback riding, hiking and other regional activities. Browse and buy books, maps, music and videos; this center also hosts special events throughout the year. Crafts & music classes, Jan.-March; arts & crafts exhibits and demos, April-Dec.
The state's second-oldest town is charming and well preserved, with a downtown National Historic District that has boutiques, antique shops and restaurants.
Open early spring to Dec., Dollywood features amusement-style thrill rides and celebrates the Appalachian culture and heritage that surround it with craft demonstrations and festivals. And of course, it's only fitting that Dollywood provides live music and entertainment, drawing visitors from around the world, and you can still take a look at the locomotive that inspired it all. See calendar at Dollywood.com.
1198 McCarter Hollow Rd
Loudon County Visitor's Bureau
Just up Grove Street past the Lyric Theatre, is this historic train depot built at the turn of the 20th century. Pick up brochures and other info about the area.
1075 N. Hwy 321
Gatlinburg / Great Smoky Mountains National Park Welcome Center
Stop here for great information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
1011 Banner Rd
Robert Tino Gallery
Inside the historic Riley Ande's home place, this 1890s house is open daily as the gallery of local artist Robert Tino. View wonderful art and see the home's historical details gingerbread work on the front porch, ornately carved living room mantle and a beautifully crafted end table created by African-American master craftsman Lewis Buckner.
812 Old Douglas Dam Rd.
This district is a vibrant evolution of what was known as "The Bowery" around 1900: a bawdy neighborhood of saloons, pool halls, houses of ill repute and gambling dens. Later it became known as "The Bottom" and was settled by early Greek immigrants, segregated African-Americans, and bootleggers. Revitalization in the 1980s turned it into a unique historic district with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, clubs and Knoxville's first winery, Blue Slip Winery.
Central St. and Jackson Ave.