Gatlinburg Travel Guide6

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Nantahala Outdoor Center offers trails for every hiker.

Insider’s Guide

Table of Contents


Getting To and Around Town

Travel tips and maps of Gatlinburg


The History of Gatlinburg

A brief history of the area from the early 1700’s to today


Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the most visited parks in the United States


Elk Springs Resort

Premiere cabin resort located at the base of the Smoky Mountains


14 Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

13 separate exhibits displaying over 350 individual marine species


Best Swimming Holes

Midnight Hole, Metcalf Bottoms Swimming Area, Abrams Falls, Greenbrier, Townsend Y Swimming Area


Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park

An outdoor experience for the whole family not to be missed


Summer Festivals

Synchronized Firefly Event, Smoky Mountains Tunes and Tales, The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival, The Smoky Mountains Songwriter Festival


Body and Soul

Christ in the Smokies Museum and Garden educates and inspires, Beneficial to Life Therapeutic Massage offers spa therapies plus more . . .


Thrilling Outdoor Adventures

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), Smoky Mountain Outdoors, Rapid Expeditions, Rafting in the Smokies, Wildwater Adventures, CLIMB Works Canopy, Gatlinburg Ziplines


Best Gatlinburg Attractions

Space Needle: At the top of the town including the famous Arcadia, Lazer Runner and The Flying Saucer Italian Bistro. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Ripley’s Moving Theatre, Jon Dee’s Hypnotized Comedy Show, Shoot’em Up Cinema, Earthquake: The Ride, Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park



The Gatlinburg Golf Course, Bent Creek Golf Village, Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini-Golf, The Hillbilly Golf Course, Old Gatlinburg Golf and Games


Best Restaurants in Town

Smoky Mountain Brewery, Blaine’s Grill and Bar, No Way Jose’s Cantina, Calhoun’s Restaurant, Club 812, Cherokee Grill and Steakhouse, Alamo Steakhouse, Park Grill Steakhouse, Bear Creek Grill, The Peddler Steakhouse


Ghosts, Mansions, and Mazes

Ghost and Haunt Tours, Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg, Hauntings Extreme Ghostly Adventure, Mysterious Mansion of Galtinburg, Amazing Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze


Winter Wonderland

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Winterfest, New Year’s Eve Festivities