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AtlantaLSUfan
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re: Going to Gatlinburg in two weeks. What to do or skip


The hiking there kicked my ^%$#. Big climbs, long trails, but they all have something cool at the end.

As a 30 something from the flat lands of Louisiana I was too winded to enjoy it.

Start doing endurance runs/walks now. Seriously. If you're going to hike, prepare now. A 2 mile climb is no joke.






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Tampa2
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Apple Barn Awesome





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Pretty Hate Machine
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Don't listen to the haters. We go up every year during Mardi Gras and I absolutely love it up there. Beautiful country.

That area is basically the pancake house capital of the world. As far as food goes, I highly recommend Pancake Pantry in downtown Gatlinburg, which is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants, anywhere. They have a huge variety of different styles of pancakes, crepes, and unusual sandwiches. I have never been disappointed. My wife really likes the Apple Barn/Apple Barn Grill in Pigeon Forge. The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg is a cool place where they hand-cut your steaks in front of you (you buy it by the ounce) and they have a great salad bar.

Whatever you do, DO NOT go to Cades Cove. I have been twice and both times were extremely boring. The only animals I have ever seen were deer and turkeys. Definitely one of the most overrated places in the park.

If you want to see great scenery, drive the main road through the park towards Cherokee, NC. You can stop along the route to take plenty of great pics.

Ober Gatlinburg is another great place, especially if you have young kids with you. They have skiing, tubing, ice skating, and a lot of other fun activities.

I also highly recommend stopping at the Ole Smoky distillery in downtown Gatlinburg and sampling all of their different moonshines. You can literally sample as many flavors as you want.

Have fun



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BuckeyeFan87
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Dollywood is terrible, IMHO FWIW.

I haven't been there in quite a while, so I have no specifics, but my advise would be to hike.






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Phideaux
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LINK

Do not go to Cades Cove plenty of other places to see wildlife






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wheelr
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...is closed. As is the road past Newfound Gap.


Heads up on this. Last weekend I got screwed out of a good hike. We showed up at the park around 8am and the road was blocked off all the way north at the Sugarlands Visitor Center so we went to the Laurel Falls hike instead. Later that day the road was open. You may want to look into what time it opens.

On the way to the area I recommend driving the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon. Fun roads and some nice views if it isn't snowing on you.

One eatery in Gatlinburg I enjoyed was the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Sampled the beers and had some pretty good food. Wings were fantastic. Also had one of the best servers I've had at any restaraunt in a while.

Have fun.






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WashHogwallop
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Jackson Mtn. Homes are very nice. The family and I stayed in Rivers Edge for a week over spring break. Little Pidgeon River was right out the back door not 10 yards away. Cold as a mother too. Laurel Falls was great. Pancake Pantry is great, but remember to take cash and no free refills on drinks. If you have kids definitely take in the Aquarium. For around $50 kids 8 and up to adults can take a behind the scenes tour, learn some cool stuff about the fish and then put on a wet suit, get in the stingray petting tank and feed the stingrays. A very large eagle stingray, roughly 75lbs, kept jumping my 9 y.o. trying to get the shrimp and octopus out of his hand. He had a blast. Best money I spent all week. Cades Cove was wonderful. It's just beautiful countryside so if you're looking for excitement this is probably not the drive for you. Ole Smokey Moonshine was neat. Get the full sampler of moonshine then pick up some great bbq sauces and jelly's made with moonshine. The Titanic exhibit in PF was actually very cool. I was not looking forward to go to it at all but the wife and kids wore me down so I gave in. The exhibit was very well set up with tons of artifacts that were brought up from the Titanic. It also gave the current value of the artifacts. When you arrive the stewards give you a card with the name of an actual passenger that was aboard. You can trace the history of that passenger which I thought was very cool. I was Leonard Hodgkins a 3rd class passenger and engineer. I died. The exhibit also has tons of stuff from the set of the movie. Have fun, it's beautiful country.





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PvilleP
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This is the company that we always use.
SCENIC HELICOPTER TOURS

The cheapest flights start around $35 per person, but only last 10 minutes.

The cheapest flight into the GSM park will run you $150-175 per person.

They can't operate a helicopter tour business within 10? of miles of the park border. That's why they all fly out of Sieverville or Pigeon Forge. They have to get permits to fly over the park.

The typical park tour usually includes a flyover of Cade's Cove.

We lucked up one year and got a steal on the Scenic Grand Tour for $150 each instead of the usual $600 per person.

Our pilots have always flown much lower that 5000', sometimes only 50' above the trees






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lsu tigerdog
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if you have young kids, i just got back a month ago, i took my 3 and 5 yr old up to Laurel falls, abot a 2.5 mile round trip hike,not bad of a hike and it had a decent little water fall,its just a short drive once you get into the smokey mountains and Ripley's Aquarium was pretty cool.






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League Champs
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I highly recommend Pancake Pantry

This

Also, best Tony Romas I've ever eaten was in Pigeon Forge. Other favorites: hot Krispy Kreme donuts! A&W in frosted mugs in Sevierville, Mellow Mushroom

Go watch them make taffy at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. Go on your last day and buy stuff to take home

A few nice go-cart tracks in Pigeon Forge. Look around lobbies/shops for coupons

Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge

Dollywood has added some nice coasters

Aquarium






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ERIMSEW
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Went last year on spring break...
had a big hail storm pass through
but all the trails and hiking were fun!
Hail in Gatlinburg






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voodoodawg
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I prefer cabins off of Wears Valley road near Townsend as I don't like the touristy stuff as much.


A bunch of the cabins burned down a few weeks ago. Forest fire took'em out.
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ThunderCats
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Yep, we stayed off of 321. Rented thru Timbercreek Realty. It was a great cabin and location for our group. We all enjoyed the steep, winding drives up to the cabin. We drove into Gatlinburg on Friday night using Lyons Springs Rd -Little River Rd to avoid all the tourist traffic, and we happened to catch the LSU baseball game on 870am.





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Revelator
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Have fun


Thank man for all the suggestions!






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Revelator
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I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to leave suggestions and tips. Some of you obviously put lots of detail and time into your post and I appreciate it. This kind of practical user knowledge will be very valuable in helping me plan a loose itinerary. Again, thanks Tigerdroppings brethren.





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Napoleon
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Whatever you do, DO NOT go to Cades Cove. I have been twice and both times were extremely boring. The only animals I have ever seen were deer and turkeys. Definitely one of the most overrated places in the park.

If you want to see great scenery, drive the main road through the park towards Cherokee, NC. You can stop along the route to take plenty of great pics.




The kids really liked the old buildings. Plus you can only drive to the gap you can't go on to Cherokee.

CC is fun, but there is a back road to Abrams falls off of Happy Valley that saves you a longer hike.






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Napoleon
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The cheapest flight into the GSM park will run you $150-175 per person.

They can't operate a helicopter tour business within 10? of miles of the park border. That's why they all fly out of Sieverville or Pigeon Forge. They have to get permits to fly over the park.

The typical park tour usually includes a flyover of Cade's Cove.

We lucked up one year and got a steal on the Scenic Grand Tour for $150 each instead of the usual $600 per person.



That isn't bad. How many people can you have? I think that would be worth it.







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Napoleon
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The Doughnut Friar behind Pancake Pantry has some really good doughnuts too. I have never been to pancake pantry as the lines turn me away. I usually like Mellow Mushroom but we had really bad service there.

I tried Loco Burro this time as the kids wanted tacos, and we had a great meal.'

Also with kids I highly recommend Circle G safari. LINK

there is a groupon that lets you get a car full for all day access for $16. You drive your car through a 2 mile animal sanctuary. You feed all kinds of animals. The Emus terrified the girls but we had a lot of fun there.








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PvilleP
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4 passengers + pilot
They give you ear muffs with microphones
The Scenic Grand tour kicked ass. We flew over Sieverville, Gatlinburg, Cades cove, then back north to a huge reservoir north of Pigeon Forge. We were in that helicopter for close to 90 minutes! This wealthy couple had paid for the trip, and the company needed two more passengers to fill the helicopter and help pay for fuel costs. They approached me and the wife while we were waiting for another flight. They made us promise not to discuss cost with the other passengers.






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Dam Guide
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I love going to Cades Cove and pissing off the tourists. Because I go on dual sport and pass the shite out of them by jumping the embankment and passing in the grass.

Some people just can't read the signs that are all over that say move over and allow people to progress.

The most awesome one I ever pissed off was this couple from Louisiana. They tried to block me on the road section and I got by with ease and the stupid bitch in the passenger seat was almost climbing out of her window screaming at me. I gave them a friendly wave and proceeded to Parsons Branch road. Which is an "unimproved" forest road thats mostly gravel.

Well I was ripping through there as usual and decided to stop at a pulloff to take some pictures and bull shite around. The family evidently passed while I was doing that. I guess they saw my bike parked or something because they set up a little ways down the road. When I came ripping through the dumb bitch was standing in the road to try and stop me from going through. Well I just gave her a fake and ripped it around her and cracked the throttle and gave her a little spray of gravel and mud from the rear. She wasn't happy. I hung out with Killboy for awhile once I got on 129 to see if I could mess with them some on the gap, but I guess they went the other way cause I never saw their SUV again that day.



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