There is plenty to do in Gatlinburg, TN.

Gatlinburg is surrounded by the Le Conte and Sugarland Mountains to the south, Cove Mountain to the west, Big Ridge to the northeast, and Grapeyard Ridge to the east.  The Little Pigeon river makes it's way from the mountains through the center of Gatlinburg.  The main sugarlands entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National park is a short 2 miles from downtown Gatlinburg.  For your next Gatlinburg vacation, consider Elk Springs Resort for your next visit to the area.  Our resort propoerty is located in the Historic Arts and Crafts Community conveniently located just 8 minutes from downtown.  Our cabins offer 1 to 5 bedrooms with many of our cabins featuring home theater rooms and saunas.  All of our cabins include a pool table, hot tub and gas grill as well as upgraded electronics and DVD players.

Area History

Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Over 9 million visitors a year travel to the area to experience several of the many things to do in Gatlinburg.  With Ober Gatlinuburg Ski area, there are many activities to do outside of the spring, summer and fall seasons.  Visitors can enjoy not only the many outdoor activities available for free in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but also many amusement park type activities such as mini golf, go carts, game rooms and kids attractions.  Downtown Gatlinburg being the hub of the area, there are walking malls filled with shops and dining options.  Or you can venture into the Arts & Crafts community which is a short 8 minute drive from downtown Gatlinburg.  Elk Springs Resort is located in the Arts & Crafts community so it is secluded and quiet compared to downtown, but conveniently only 8 minutes to the faster pace.

Scenic Drives
Area Hiking Trails


Bent Creek Golf Course

Local Attractions

Arcadia Planet Fun Arcade
Fort Fun Arcade
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum
Amazing Mirror Maze
Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens
Space Needle
Guinness World of Records Museum
Fannie Farkles Arcade
Cooters Place in the Smokies
Hollywood Stars Cars
Guy Michaels Comedy Hypnotist Show
Ripleys Haunted Adventure


Historic Arts and Crafts Community


Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort



You can relax after a day of hiking or shopping in your private hot tub or maybe enjoy a sauna or relaxing on one of the private covered wrap around decks outside your cabin. 

The developer was careful to select an ideal location for the resort property with the objective of convenience, seclusion and maintaining the "in the national park" feeling.  While only 8 minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and only 15-20 minutes to the big attractions such as Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, when you arrive at your cabin you'll feel secluded in a quiet mountain setting.

Area Activities

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Over 10,000 acres of wilderness and home to more species of flora than anywhere in North America, the Great Smoky mountain national park is the #1 visited park in the USA.  Elk Springs Resort borders the foothills parkway section of the park and is ony 5 minutes to the Greenbrier entrnace, the Little Pigeon River and only 10-15 minutes from the main entrance and Surgarland Visitors center.

Arts and Crafts

Elk Springs Resort is located at the edge of the Arts and Crafts Community which is comprised of over 100 artisians actively practicing their talents and trades.  It's how downtown Gatlinburg gained it's popularity and as the town grew these artisans migrated their shops to the famous "Artists Loop".  There are many shops and Cafe`s to explore and enjoy from pottery, to wood carvers to glass blowers.

White Water Rafting and Tubing

Many outfitters can accommodate varying skill levels of rafters with rapids ranging from class I to class IV. For those looking for a smooth glide down the stream several tubing companies are close by to provide the equipment and transportation.

Zip Lines and Canopy Tours

The hottest trend in outdoor adventure activities - try ziplining at 200 feet from tree to tree while experiencing and enjoying the Great Smoky Mountains.  Rated the number 1 attraction in Gatlinburg, the Climbworks Canopy tour and ziplines are only 15 minutes from Elk Springs Resort.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

Many outfitters feature horseback riding across varying terrain within minutes of the Resort and most are suitable for all ages.  Looking to Hike as opposed to ride?  Numerous hiking trails are within minutes of Elk Springs Resort and most are within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Whether you want to ascent Mt. LeConte or walk on a leisurely paved trail there are many options.  Be sure to check out one of the many waterfall hikes!

Dollywood, Ripleys Believe it Or Not!

Pigeon Forge is the home to Dolly Parton's famous Dollywood.  Carved into a valley it's a major amusement park featuring the world's number 1 ranked wood roller coaster as well as many other theme rides; the park also features many country music venues and traveling entertainers. Adjoining Dollywood is "Splash Country" which is Dollywood's 30 Acre water park.  Both parks are only 15 minutes from Elk Springs.


With miles of rivers and streams located inside and outside of the national park there are many fishing options depending on the season.  With a hatchery in Gatlinburg the release program provides kids the opportunity for success off the Little Pigeon River during season.  Several flyfishing guides and outfitters are available to assist you on your trip and a 1-3 day license is inexpensive.


Elk Springs Resort is located about 20-25 minutes from Ober Gatlinburg ski area which is accessible by car or by the aerial tramway from downtown Gatlinburg.  It's the longest tram in North America and many say worth the trip.  Ober Gatlinburg features excellent seasonal skiing, tubing and many summer activities such as go karts and an alpine slide.


Downtown Gatlinburg is certainly unique and offers visitors a chance to stroll the parkway and the many shops along the river.  Looking for big box stores?  With over 1.1 million square feet of outlet malls within 25 minutes of the resort property - if hiking isn't on your agenda for the day, shopping certainly can should!


Two championship golf courses carved through the mountains are located just 15 minutes from the resort property. Gatlinburg Golf Course and Bent Creek Golf Club each offer unique course experiences.  Be prepared to golf through valleys, the forest and to tee off from elevated tee boxes.