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Coast the Mountainsides

One of the most popular attractions in the area are the alpine coasters.  The area now has 7 in operation. The first opened in August of 2013 with the latest finished up summer of 2015.  Two of the coasters are located on Wear’s Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, one in Pigeon Forge near Dollywood  and 4 in the city of Gatlinburg.

Alpine coasters have been around since the early 1970’s and are most often designed/installed by German engineering companies.  The coasters need the right piece of land and excavation is usually the highest cost in the building process.  The terrain must accommodate twists and turns and a slope that lets gravity do all the work. And while you may be at an elevation of 2000 feet you won’t be far off the ground.  The bobsled like cars ride on a stainless steel rail. Each car can hold up to two passengers.  After passengers are strapped in the car is pulled up the track by a cable and once at the top the car is released for a white knuckle ride down the mountainside reaching speeds of up to 30 mph!  Riders are able to control their speeds using handles positioned on each side of the car.

 

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Each track in the area sports something a little different, one claiming to be the highest, one the longest, another the fastest.  One thing we can say for sure is they all have great scenery!  Coasters do operate rain or shine and offer morning and night rides.  Like most coasters there are height and age requirements.

To get a short preview of a no brakes ride on the Smoky Mt Alpine Coaster located on Wear’s Valley Road click here.

Here are the links for the coasters currently in operation in Sevier County.

http://www.smokymountainalpinecoaster.com/

http://thecoastertn.com/

http://gatlinburgmountaincoaster.org

http://obergatlinburg.com/mountain-coaster/

https://www.anakeesta.com/rail-runner/

https://www.rowdybearmountain.com/

http://rockytopcoaster.com/

Wonder what the next hot attraction might be….hmmmmm……  Plenty of reasons to come to the area and new things are added all the time so come back often, see what’s new, enjoy the old and just plain have fun!

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Attractions, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

 

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Good To Know Info

We can’t deny we live in a digital age where information abounds and for most of us, at least here in America, it is literally right at our fingertips thanks to smart phones/mobile devices.

Do any of you remember the days of planning ahead and having the info BEFORE you set out on vacation? Well I am a planner and I like to KNOW if not everything at least a lot of the info before I ever leave my driveway. However I am growing accustomed to this digital age and I will admit I do rely on having the information handy in my hand, readily available and accessible.   I am grateful for websites and Facebook pages that I can save as my favorites and easily access information of all types because one of the most precious commodities we have is time.  With that thought in mind I am writing this blog with the purpose of posting links to informational pages that might come in handy while you are planning your vacation or while you are staying in the Smoky Mt area.

Click on the city name to see a list of services provided, services of all types such as salons, medical, legal, pet, tours etc.

GATLINBURG                                                        PIGEON FORGE

For information relating to national park:  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Weather informaton current and forecasted:  SEVIER COUNTY  (for Gatlinburg use zip code 37738, for Pigeon Forge 37863 in the search box top of the page)

Road Reports:     GREAT SMOKY MT NATIONAL PARK        SEVIER COUNTY

We have other articles here on the blog that are full of information too, like the one titled “FORE” which lists all the golf courses in the area.  Looking for a list of  theaters/shows in the area check out “It’s Show Time!”.  Need to know where the closest horse riding stables are then be sure to see the article “Giddy Up!”  A fan of the water then you need to read “Water, Water, Everywhere”.  Several more of our articles have info you may find interesting/helpful as well.

Vacation planning is great fun and with the use of our informative articles we hope it just got a lot easier too!  Happy planning!

 

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It’s Show Time!

Lots of great shows to see while you are visiting.  Look over the list below and see which one(s) are a must see for you.

American Oldies Show

129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-2003

www.americanoldiestheater.com

 American’s Hit Parade

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

http://www.thegrandmajestic.com/americashitparade.html

Biblical Times (Dinner Show)

2391 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-908-3327

www.biblicaltimestheater.com

Cinema Types

Southeast Cinemas

www.southeastcinemas.com/location/42601/Governors-Crossing-14-Showtimes

The Forge Cinemas

http://www.theforgecinemas.com/

Ripleys 5D Moving Theater

http://www.ripleys.com/gatlinburg/moving-theater/

Comedy Barn, The

2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-428-5222 or 800-29-LAUGH

www.comedybarn.com

Country Tonight

129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-2003

http://countrytonitepf.com/

 Dixie Stampede (Dinner Show)

3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-453-4400

www.dixiestampede.com

Grand Majestic (Dinner Show)

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

www.thegrandmajestic.com

 Great Smoky Mt Murder Mystery Show (Dinner Show)

2682 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN

866-624-7185

Murder-mystery-theater.com

Hatfield and McCoy (Dinner Show)

119 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-908-7469 or 800-985-5494

www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com

Hazzard County Hoedown (Dinner Show)

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-774-7777

http://www.thegrandmajestic.com/hazzardcounty.html

I.R.I.S Theater (inside the Space Needle)

115 Historic Nature Trail. Gatlinburg, TN

check out the link for current shows

865-436-4629

http://www.iristheater.com/

Magic Beyond Belief

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.pigeonforgemagic.com/

 Lumberjack Adventure (Dinner Show)

2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

844-322-4400

lumberjackadventure.com

 Memories Theatre

2141 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-325-3078

www.memoriestheatre.com

Patsy Cline Theater (Tribute Theater)

175 Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

877-494-3183

(no website listed)

Smith Morning Variety Show

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/smith-morning-variety-show

  Smoky Mt Opry

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

www.smokymtnopry.com

Starlite Theater

140 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-368-3636

http://www.thestarlitetheater.com/

Smith Morning Variety Show

2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

800-768-1170

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/smith-morning-variety-show

Soul of Motown

2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-428-0008 or 865-774-7777

www.thegrandmajestic.com

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre

461 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN

877-388-5784 or 865-436-4039

sweetfannyadams.com

Unto These Hills (Outdoor drama, summer season only)

688 Drama Road, Cherokee, NC

866-554-4557

www.cherokeesmokies.com/unto_these_hills.html

Wonders of Magic

100 Music Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN

865-868-1800

www.wonderworksonline.com

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Attractions

 

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FORE!

The Smokies is full of picturesque settings and the golf courses in the area are no exception.  The rolling hills and mountainous terrain make for some interesting, one-of-a-kind designed holes.  if you are an avid golfer we know that golfing isn’t just a sport for you but a way of life!  So get out there, enjoy the mountain air as you play a round or two on one of more of the courses in the area.

Here is a list of the courses in the area where you will find emerald green fairways, beautiful Smoky Mountain wooded landscapes and well manicured greens. The courses I have chosen to list are those inside or within close proximity to both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Gatlinburg Golf Course (Municipal)
520 Dollywood Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN
(800)231-4128
www.golf.gatlinburg.com

Bent Creek Golf Course (Public)
3919 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN
(800)251-9336
www.bentcreekgolf.com

Sevierville County Golf Club (Municipal)
1444 Old Knoxville Hwy
Sevierville, TN
(865)429-4223
(888)710-1388
www.seviervillegolfclub.com

Creekside Plantation Golf Course (9 hole) (Public)
326 N Shiloh Rd
Seymour, TN 37865-5215
(865) 577-4653

http://creeksideplantationgolf.com/

River Island Golf Club (Public)
9610 Kodak Rd SE
Kodak, TN 37764-1048
(865) 933-0100
www.riverislandsgolf.com

Bays Mountain Golf Course (Public)
685 Chris Haven Dr
Seymour, TN 37865-3213
(865) 577-8172

www.golfnow.com/courses/1036597-bays-mountain-golf-course-details

Laurel Valley Golf Course (Public)
702 Country Club Dr
Townsend, TN 37882
(865) 448-6690
www.laurelvalleytngolf.com

Dandridge Golf and Country Club (Public)
1247 Stonewall Jackson Dr
Dandridge, TN 37725-4315
(800) 997-2655
www.dandridgegolf.com

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

 

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Water, Water Everywhere!

What do you think of when you hear Smoky Mountain National Park, well for one thing you probably think of mountain scenery, hiking, and wildlife viewing and those are all great things to not only think about but do.  Another great resource in and around the area is water and all it offers.

Many of the most popular hikes in the park include a waterfall along the way.  Many of the roads in the park follow the river and there are some beautiful picnic spots along the rivers edge. Another great spot to view the strong rushing water is The Sinks a spot on the Little Pigeon River approximately 12 miles from  Sugarlands Visitor Center.  The views here are of cascades and the currents are very strong. There is a pull off here with a few parking spaces but if the area is full you can still get a good view by driving slowly as you cross over the bridge.

For those looking for swimming holes there are several of those in the park too. Here’s a list:

  • Little River – Townsend, TN. …
  • Deep Creek – Bryson City, NC. …
  • Green Brier – Gatlinburg, TN. …
  • Cherokee Rapids – Cherokee, NC. …
  • Little Pigeon River Banks – Sevierville, TN. …
  • Midnight Hole – NC/TN. …
  • Abrams Falls – Cades Cove, TN. …
  • Metcalf Bottoms – Gatlinburg, TN.

Another great form of recreation on the river is fishing and can be done year round in the park.  Licenses are required and some streams may be off limits so be sure to check with the park system for all rules/regulations regarding fishing in the park.

Not an angler, no worries how about floating away the day on a tube.  Several companies in the area for tube rentals.  Another way to float/ride the river white water rafting of course, check out the different package deals and different trips some include the fast rapids others a more leisurely float down the river.

lake

If you want to spend the day on a lovely lake it is only a short drive from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge to Dandridge TN and beautiful Douglas Lake.  There you can rent boats of all types, jet skis, sea doos, and waverunners too.  Take a look at our other article Boat Loads of Fun for more area rental companies.

Looking for a great water park, try Dollywood’s Splash Country with 35 acres of waterslides, attractions, pools and play areas.

Another way to cool off, take a wet roll down the hill at The Outdoor Gravity Park in Pigeon Forge.

So rather you desire to get in the water, on the water or just have a great view of the water you will find it all right here in the Smoky Mountains!

Water anyone?

 

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The Lost Cove of Cataloochee

Tucked in the remote southeastern corner of the Smokies is is a place of rare and special beauty, what some call the lost cove of Cataloochee.cataloochee

I think of it as the almost forgotten side of the Smokies.  Forgotten may not be entirely true but for sure it is less traveled and less well known than many other areas of the Great Smoky Mt National Park (which means less crowded too!)  It is a bit harder to get to but well worth the effort.  Located approximately 65 miles from Gatlinburg and 39 miles from Pigeon Forge, the easiest and most scenic route is I-40 to Exit 20 (US 276). then look for Cove Creek Rd about .2 of a mile on the right.  The road is paved for 4 miles, gravel for 3 then back to pavement.  The gravel section is narrow with some sharp curves and  can be rough at times.

While Cataloochee seems to be a lost or forgotten area now, not long ago that wasn’t so. It was once the largest settlement in the Smokies with more than 1200 people.  It was an early thoroughfare for travelers through the mountains, used by animals, Indians and European settlers long before automobiles and interstate highways.

People like Mark Hannah, one of the first rangers in the park were instrumental in the preservation of the history and heritage of the people of the Great Smokies. Mr Hannah himself was a descendant of early settlers who came to the valley to farm.  He collected first hand accounts of the mountain people, which are preserved in the park’s archives.  Visit the Palmer House (which housed one of the post offices in the area), the areas visitor center and hear some of the recorded stories of those early settlers.

Besides Palmer House there are other historic buildings you will want to visit like Palmer Chapel,              Beech Grove School, the Woody House, and the Caldwell House.  To see a video of the area see an interview with Hattie Caldwell whose great grandfather was first into the area in 1834 click on this youtube link.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lbGd8JYl84

Another unique feature of this area are the elk, spectacular creatures that roam free here after being reintroduced to the park in 2001/2002.  Other wildlife commonly seen in the area are black bears, wild turkey, deer and red wolves.  Best viewing times are early morning and early evening.  Be sure to view all wildlife from a distance with binoculars or zoom lenses.

Out of 200 buildings near the turn of the 20th century only a handful remain to give us a glimpse of life as the settlers knew it.  Forest has reclaimed much of the farmland and orchards, the deer and elk graze next to the ruins of a stone chimney in the lost cove of Cataloochee and all is well.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in Great Smoky Mt National Park

 

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horses

A great way to get out and experience the great outdoors!  Climb a top one of these beautiful creatures and enjoy the scenery!  Here is a list of some of the riding stables in the area.

The 1-4 are located in the national park.  Cades Cove Stables offers hay rides and carriage rides as well as single rider.  Smokemont offers wagon rides.

Be sure to call or check websites for operating times, rates and restrictions.

1.   Smoky Mountain Riding Stables, 1720 East Parkway, Gatlinburg TN   865-436-5634

http://www.smokymountainridingstables.com/

2.   Smokemont Riding Stables, 135 Smokemont Riding Stable Road, Cherokee, NC  828-497-2373

http://www.smokemontridingstable.com/

3.   Sugarlands Riding Stable, 1409 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN, 865-436-3535

http://www.sugarlandsridingstables.com/

4.   Cade’s Cove Riding Stables, Cades Cove Townsend, TN,  865-448-9009

http://cadescovestables.com/index.shtml

5.   Five Oaks Riding Stables, 1630 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 877-538-0569

http://www.fiveoaksridingstables.com/

6.   Davy Crockett Riding Stables, 550 Old Cades Cove Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-6411

http://davycrockettridingstables.com/

7.   Deer Farm Riding Stables, 470 Happy Hollow Lane, Sevierville, TN 865-429-2276

http://www.deerfarmzoo.com/horserides.html

8.  Big Rock Dude Ranch, 909 Little Cove Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN  865-428-9398

http://www.horseridingbigrock.com/

9.  Next to Heaven Riding Stables, 1239 Wears Valley Rd, Townsend TN 865-448-9150

https://www.facebook.com/next2heavensmokies/

10.  McCarter’s Riding Stable, 923 Robinson Gap Road, Sevierville, TN 865-436-5354

11.  Cedar Ridge Stables, 3 mi out of Sevierville, 865-428-5802

12.  Douglas Lake View Stables, 1650 Providence Road, Sevierville, TN 423-428-3587

 

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What’s in a name….

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg was settled in the early 1800s, however at that time it was called White Oak Flats (a cemetary still bearing the name White Oak Flats is located in downtown Gatlinburg, more on that in another post) for the abundant native white oak trees covering the landscape. It is believed that a middle-aged widow, Martha Jane Huskey Ogle, was the first official settler here. She came with her family to start a new life in what her late husband described as a “Land of Paradise” in East Tennessee. Soon after, the familiar family names McCarter, Reagan, Whaley, and Trentham took up residence along local streams and hollows.

There are many stories as to how Gatlinburg got its name, all involving a controversial figure who settled here in 1854. Radford C. Gatlin opened the town’s second general store, in direct competion with the first store opened 4 years earlier and owned by Noah Ogle.  Gatlin took the initiative to secure a post office and when the town’s new post office was established in 1856, Gatlin named the destination Gatlinburg. By all accounts, Mr. Gatlin was a flamboyant preacher, establishing his own “Gatlinite” Baptist Church. He was a democrat in a republican community, and for reasons which remain unclear, he was eventually banished from the area. But he had the last laugh:  the city still bears his name.

Pigeon Forge

The other major Sevier County tourist town got its name from the first business established in the area, an iron forge built around 1820 by Isaac Love on the bank of the Little Pigeon River near what is now The Old Mill. Of course, that still begs the question: ‘How did the Little Pigeon River get its name?’Just as you might guess, the river’s name comes from the fact that great flocks of pigeons once filled the skies and trees in the area — Passenger Pigeons, to be specific. The town fared better than the particular breed of pigeon for which it was named. Passenger Pigeons, once among the most numerous birds in the world, were hunted into extinction by the early 20th century.

Sevierville

Sevierville (Severe ville) is named for John Sevier, one of the leading figures in the history of Tennessee. Sevier was a frontiersman, soldier, war hero and politician who served under George Washington in the American Revolution and distinguished himself at the battle of King’s Mountain.

In 1784, he became the first governor of the State of Franklin (set to become the 14th state) a new state that had been carved out of the land around Watauga. Later, Franklin became part of North Carolina and John Sevier was accused of treason for resisting the annexation.

When the State of Tennessee was formed in 1796, Sevier became its first governor, serving from 1796 until 1801 and again from 1803 until 1809. Sevier later served as a state senator from 1809 until 1811 and was a member of the US House of Representatives in 1811.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Area History, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge

 

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