Equal parts dream destination and welcoming small town, Gatlinburg bursts with Appalachian hospitality and outdoor adventure. Nestled on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town sits at the doorstep of nearby natural wonders amid compelling human-made attractions. For four seasons of fun, few places rival the “Crown Jewel of the Smokies.”
800 Reasons to Hike
With over 800 miles of trails to enjoy, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker’s paradise that serves up cascading waterfalls, tumbling streams and fog-covered mountain ridges as far as the eye can see. For some of the best views, the Alum Cave Trail ascends 5.5 miles to the top of Mt. LeConte, where you can stock up on snacks and drinks at the LeConte Lodge for the return trip.
Taste the Rainbow
Just minutes from downtown Gatlinburg, the trails for Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls lead visitors past historic homesteads before relatively short hikes to the photogenic falls. Two stables in town can help intrepid adventurers organize a backcountry horseback ride.
Casting in the Smokies
Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself on wild mountain trout streams or reap the bounty of stocked water, anglers will discover 700 miles of fishable river promising an unforgettable outing. The Horseshoe at Cades Cove, Little River and LeConte Creek are local favorites for hooking pristine rainbow trout, while guides in town can help organize excursions to the area’s best-kept secret spots. For family-friendly thrills, try battling the white water that courses through the area’s steep canyons. Pigeon River is your best bet, with everything from Class IV rapids fun to gentle float trips.
For a taste of the high life, Ober Gatlinburg is a four-season amusement park and ski center that features a 2.1-mile aerial tramway, black bear habitat, ice skating rink and water slides.
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