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Gatlinburg, TN
Travel Guide

Gatlinburg featuring forests and a small town or village

This picturesque town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers miles of wilderness, breathtaking scenery and lots of options for adventurers.

From world-class hiking, white water rafting and trout streams to an aerial tramway, space needle and a Hollywood Star Cars museum, Gatlinburg’s attractions are diverse and plentiful. Gatlinburg stands at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so outdoor adventures feature highly on any visit.

Stay at one of the campsites, cabins or chalets near town or head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, pitch a tent and camp for a few days. Other accommodation options include the hotels, condos, bed-and-breakfast places, and lodges in in central Gatlinburg. You can start a hike straight from town into the national park where there’s 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) of trails. Routes vary in length and difficulty.

Drop a line or cast a fly in the hundreds of miles of streams in the Smokies where fishing is permitted year-round with a permit. Try one of the rafting adventures, which range in pace from a gentle float to a thrilling white-water ride. If you like your adventure high above the ground, jump on the zip line in downtown Gatlinburg. You’ll fly under the forest canopy, traveling at up to 50 miles an hour (80 kilometers per hour).

After exploring the outdoors, enjoy the many indoor attractions in the downtown area. Car lovers will want to stop by the Hollywood Star Cars Museum for a look at the Batmobile, used in the 1992 film Batman Returns, the Flinstones’ car from The Flintsones movie (1994), and many others.

Play mini golf at Fort Fun or go for a wild ride at the Shoot ’em Up Cinema. See a show at the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre in the evening or dine at one of many places around town. At the top of the Space Needle, you’ll get a great view of the the town from a height of 400 feet (122 meters). Get up-close to sea creatures at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

It’s easy to get around town using the Gatlinburg Trolleys. There’s ample parking too, most of which you will have to pay to use.

+Spencer Spellma

Where to stay in Gatlinburg

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park
Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park
3.5 out of 5
915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is ¥20,563 per night from May 3 to May 4
This family-friendly Gatlinburg hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Herbert Holt Park and Cooter's Place. Anakeesta and Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (916 reviews)
"Everything was nice!"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Water Park
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
3 out of 5
3710 Weber Rd., Gatlinburg, TN
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Situated in Gatlinburg, this golf condo resort is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Bent Creek Golf Club and within 12 mi (20 km) of Greenbrier Picnic Area and Cosby Picnic ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,455 reviews)
"The area had a great view, the staff was very nice, and the rooms were great!"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Deer Ridge Mountain Resort
Glenstone Lodge
Glenstone Lodge
3 out of 5
504 Historic Nature Trl, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is ¥10,771 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
Located in the heart of Gatlinburg, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gatlinburg Convention Center, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and Gatlinburg Space Needle. ...
3.9/5Good! (1,185 reviews)
"liked the room and the fireplace."

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Glenstone Lodge
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Summit Manor Condominiums
Summit Manor Condominiums
3 out of 5
110 Bon Air Drive, Gatlinburg, TN
The price is ¥20,672 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in Gatlinburg, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Smoky Mountain Brewery and Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and ...
3.5/5Good! (85 reviews)
"Much more space than expected. Very clean. Great view."

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Summit Manor Condominiums
Arrow Creek Campground
Arrow Creek Campground
2 out of 5
4721 East Parkway (Hwy. 321), Gatlinburg, TN
Situated in Gatlinburg, this campground is within 16 mi (25 km) of Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and Gatlinburg Convention Center. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)
"It was a nice cabin if a bit to close to the road. The shower hose was too high up for my wife to use properly. Cabin had dishes which was nice. Very good location close to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The manager (owner?) was very personable and informative. Couldn’t ask for a friendlier ..."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Arrow Creek Campground
Gatlinburg Tennessee Honeymoon Log Cabin Rental
Gatlinburg Tennessee Honeymoon Log Cabin Rental
Gatlinburg, TN
Situated in Gatlinburg, this cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Little Pigeon River and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chapel in the Glen and Chapel at Honeymoon Hills. Bent ...
4.4/5Excellent! (84 reviews)
"Nice and clean. Quiet. Lots of space. Will definitely book there again!!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Gatlinburg Tennessee Honeymoon Log Cabin Rental
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Jun 5, 2020

I love how all the shops & attractions are basically within walking distance from eachother. Most parking lots charge $10 to park and would be nice is parking was free.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 4, 2020

So much to do! The people here are friendly and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

i have always loved gatlimburg even as a litte girl

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

Gatlinburg is a fun city to visit.

3/5 - Okay

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Jun 2, 2020

Gatlinburg is a extremely poorly designed tourist trap. It is not worth going there, even to eat, as there are more choices in Pigeon Forge. We went to Gatlingberg area for the park.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 2, 2020

It is very touisty. Sidewalks are filled with wall to wall people Fun activities for families with children

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