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Boat Loads of Fun!

When you think of the Smoky Mountains what do you think of?  Why mountains and streams and hiking trails, shopping and attractions of all sorts.  You may not even be aware that there is a beautiful lake very near all those other wonderful things.  Just a short drive from Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mt National Park is beautiful Douglas Lake, located in Dandridge TN.

Douglas Lake (Douglas Reservoir) was formed in 1943 as a means of flood control and hydroelectric power.  The lake has more than 550 miles of shoreline most of which are privately owned.  The reservoir is 43.1 miles long with a maximum depth of 140 feet.  Douglas Lake is known for it’s large mouth bass, and crappie, but there are plenty of other sport fish in the lake as well.  Best times to fish the lake are spring and fall.

boating

As with all bodies of water, water sports are very popular here, not just fishing but swimming, boating, jet skis and all the associated activities that go along with them.  For those of you who are water lovers I know it doesn’t get much better than getting out on the water and enjoying the sights and sounds offered there.  For a romantic/relaxing time it doesn’t get much better than seeing a beautiful sunset coupled with a beautiful backdrop of water.

 Considered one of the prettiest lakes in Tennessee we hope you will take the short drive and take a day to have some fun on the water. And the purpose of this article is to not only make you aware of the beautiful lake in the area but to arm you with info on ways to get out there and enjoy it. So below I have a listed several marinas in the area that offer boat rentals including paddle boats, pontoons, bass, and speed boats. Some offer rentals on jet ski’s, wave runners and sea doos.  For additional info click on the name of the marina.

Gator Point Marina 

H20 Sports 

Mountain Cove Marina 

Mountain Harbor Inn (Douglas Lake Marina)

Swanns Marina

The Point Resort and Marina 

There is so much beauty and so many ways to enjoy it in the Smoky’s we hope you will take advantage of every single one of them.  Take a day to come enjoy the lake while you are visiting.  Here’s a sneak peak of what’s waiting for you.  Enjoy!

sunset

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Boating

 

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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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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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