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A Park Just Outside The Park

My husband and I have been going to the Smoky Mountains for over 20 years and in that time we have most certainly driven Roaring Forks Motor Trail in Gatlinburg TN at least a handful of times.  This month (July 2015) we took the time to do so again and I must say it is amazing what you observe (or don’t) on such outings.

Just before you enter the “trail” there is a city park, Mynatt Park, I had never noticed the park on our previous trips, but I took notice this time.  In my own defense previous trips on the trail were for purposes of reaching trailheads that lead to two very popular waterfalls in the Smokies, Grotto and Rainbow, or during times of weather too cold, or too wet to be hiking.  Also now that we manage our own rentals and have social media to posts places of interest, photos and the like on maybe I am paying more attention and even searching for those spots that I think our cabin guests or visitors to the area might enjoy.  Whatever the reason I am glad I spotted Mynatt Park.

To get to the park turn at traffic light #8 in Gatlinburg and follow Historic Nature Trail Drive, just before you enter the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park, Mynatt Park will be on your right on Ashbury Lane.  Beautiful setting, great picnic areas, grills, and restrooms.  They also have a covered pavillion for a nominal fee if you need to host a family gathering.  Tennis and basketball courts, a baseball field, horsehoe pit, playground area and a fishing stream for children are also part of the amenities offered at Mynatt Park.  Plenty of great scenery to take in as well!  Here is a photo of one of the picnic areas there more along the stream.


For those that want a great place to picnic or play this is it.  Right in the heart of Gatlinburg, right outside the national park, easy to get to, and a hidden little gem that most other visitors don’t know about.  After enjoying your time at Mynatt be sure to drive the Roarking Fork Motor Nature Trail, visit the 3 historic homesites and take in all the surrounding beauty of the rushing mighty stream, the place of a thousand drips and the glorious shade of the forest canopy.  You’ll be glad you did.

To view more information on the city parks offered in and around Gatlinburg click here.

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Posted by on July 15, 2015 in Gatlinburg


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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.


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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