things to do in gatlinburg, pigeon forge, sevierville tn (2024)

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Lick Skillet

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I am going to be going on vacation soon to tennessee and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for affordable things to do. I am not interested in Dolly Wood. Maybe tubing or rafting if anyone has anywhere they have been worth going. Also good places to eat.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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If I could recommend one place to eat it would be "The alamo" in Pigeon Forge....things to do in gatlinburg, pigeon forge, sevierville tn (3)

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Don't miss breakfast at the log cabin pancake house in Pigeon Forge just as you cross the river and come into town from the Gatlinburg side. Same for supper at Huck Finn's in the middle of Pigeon Forge.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Good places to eat....dozens of em! Try alabama bar and grill,bullfish bar and grill,apple cellar(or something like that)just about all the places are good for breakfast.Go to smokey mountain knife works and bass pro in sevierville.Have a great time!!

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Visit park HQ. Do the driving tour of Cades Cove. You can spend almost the entire day there. Pack a lunch.

Read H. Kephart's "Our Southern Highlanders" before you go.

Trout fishing in the park if the TN out of state license isn't too expensive now. They charge extra to fish the river in the city limits of G'burg. If you fish in the park, either NC or TN license is good and I don't think you need a trout stamp. If you decide to do this, ask around over on the fly fishing forum.

All of this is a bit dated, so check out what I say. Haven't been there in a decade. Been going to the Boone / Blowing Rock area recently to fish and get a break from the FL heat and humidity.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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"CB" 257

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Go to Cades Cove... It is BEAUTIFUL!! You can see all kinds of wildlife.

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Eat, eat and eat. things to do in gatlinburg, pigeon forge, sevierville tn (7)

  • Jun 7, 2009
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definitely have dinner at the Dixie Stampede...well worth the show! And they feed you more then you will be able to eat! things to do in gatlinburg, pigeon forge, sevierville tn (9) things to do in gatlinburg, pigeon forge, sevierville tn (10)

  • Jun 7, 2009
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they have a real nice aquarium there or did last time we were there.
guess it`s still there.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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After years upon years of going to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, if you want to save money, don't go to the of the 'big attraction' type restaurants.....unless you just want to say you went. The food is good, but not the best. For the money, it's hard to beat the good ole Golden Corral breakfast bar. I've eaten at nearly every restaurant up there at least once. For the most part, I wouldn't eat at a lot of them again. Way too much money for just 'OK' food.

Things to do and 'cheap' barely go in the same sentence when it comes to Pigeon Forge. I found that just going out and riding the country side is just as much fun as anything else to do up there. The aquarium (letsemwalk mentioned) in Gatlinburg is nice. The muscle car museum (Mel mentioned) in Sevierville is pretty cool. I do like the leather shops. They have some cool things to offer for a decent price.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Bill Mc

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And if you like knives, go to the Smokey Mountian Knife Store.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Do the driving tour of Cades Cove. You can spend almost the entire day there. Pack a lunch.

an absolute MUST!!!! and it's FREE!!! ummm, well execpt for gas anyhow. take a camera!

and you asked about tubing? follow signs from redlight number three(i'm pretty sure it #3) to cades coves-townsend. all the lights are numbered, so it isnt hard to figure out which is which. if you are coming from the park, it will be a left hand turn. there is an older bp gas station at this light. follow road till it dead ends. take a left. you will see signs for tubing all through there.

if you pass all the tubing places, and go two miles down that road, you will be at cades cove.

when you leave cades cove, stay to the right. that way is a very beautiful drive. when you reach the end of that road, you will be right back in the ntl park on 441. the same way you went into gatlinburg from cherrokee.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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and i have to agree with bassquatch, the attraction dinners are worthless. 35-50 bucks for each of them for the same quality of food as your normal inexpensive buffet restaraunt.

breakfast at the apple barn rest. is amazing though. but be prepared to get up EARLY and wait! there is always a 1-2 hour wait.

and the aquarium is great! beats the heck out the GA aquarium! it's about $17 per person and well worth it!

  • Jun 7, 2009
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We love Cades Cove and if you want to go on another nice car tour nature ride, about half way through Gatlinburg turn onto Airport Road and follow the signs. That's a nice way to spend a couple of hours and doesn't cost a dime except for the gas.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Old Worn Out Mod

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Fish'n is great all over the place. If you like BBQ, eat at Corky's and get the dry rub ribs!

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Walk the trails in the Smokies. It'll get you out of the ripoff shops and attractions in PF and Gatlinburg. I enjoy going to the Smokies and staying in those areas but the Smokies and the history is why I go.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Dude go to Cades Cove. And if you have kids who want to go ride Go Carts. I can't remember the name of the place but it was in Pigeon Forge and they had a buncha signs out side sayin Fastest go carts in town hit that un and do the slick track That was alotta fun.

  • Jun 7, 2009
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Is Cades Cove the circle drive about 15 - 20 miles long, where you see LOTS of deers and turkeys and such? Went through there a dozen years or so ago with a (now ex-) girlfriend. She decided she would walk out in the field amongst a bunch of deer. The big buck of the bunch was in full rut, his ol' neck was swelled up like a inner tube. I told her not to go out there, but she said I was full of (you know) and the animals wouldn't bother her because they could tell she was their friend. The ol' Big Boy like to have got her, but went around her at the last instant. When she got back to the car she wanted to know why I didn't come rescue her!! Pffffftt!

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AR_hillbilly said:

Is Cades Cove the circle drive about 15 - 20 miles long, where you see LOTS of deers and turkeys and such?

Yep that sounds like it.

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Fall. September through October could enjoy the highest consensus as the best time to visit Gatlinburg. There are many reasons why this is so, but many would argue that the biggest factor is the most beautiful fall colors that you will see anywhere in the world.

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Dollywood, located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is approximately 8.5 miles from Gatlinburg.

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Gatlinburg is the gateway community for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. With three park entrances right in town, Gatlinburg serves as a basecamp for many of the 14 million park visitors each year.

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