"Things to do" when you visit the Smokies!
Great Smoky Mountains National Park– The most visited national park in the United States! Many of our properties are less than a five-minute drive to the Cosby entrance of the National Park. You will find that the Cosby Entrance is one of the more private parts of the Park. Cosby Creek runs alongside the road. This is a great place for bear watching in the early mornings and near sunset.
Fly fishing – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has over 800 miles of rivers and streams, with an average of two to three thousand fish per mile. The higher elevation waters hold the native Brook trout, while the mid-elevation waters hold Rainbow trout, and the lower-elevation waters hold Brown trout. For novice fishermen, we recommend booking a guide trip from Little River Outfitters in Townsend, TN. LRO also has the most complete fly shop in the Smokies, and caters to beginners and experts alike.
Or book a trip with the nationally-acclaimed fly fishing guide and author Ian Rutter, or the Smoky Mountain Angler in Gatlinburg.
Hiking – Spanning over 600,000 acres, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park boasts an almost endless supply of hiking trails for every skill level. In the Cosby Entrance, we recommend the Hen Wallow Falls hike directly across the road from the picnic area. This is a beautiful, moderate 4.4 mile hike.
Family fun – The Smoky Mountains and surrounding area are made for family fun! Many families enjoy a day or two at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. This massive theme park has something for the entire family – plenty of kids’ activities – rides, shows, crafts, and lots of good food! Take in a show at one of the many offerings in the area – Comedy Barn, Blackbear Jamboree, Dixie Stampede, Grand Majestic Theatre, Wonders of Magic, Smoky Mountain Opry, and Lumberjack Feud just to name a few!
Take in a day in Gatlinburg, where you can enjoy many sights, sounds, all within an easy walk. Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the nation’s top-rated aquariums. Enjoy a meal at the many delicious restaurants including the Pancake Pantry, Bennett’s Barbeque, and Hard Rock Café. Ride to the top of Ski Mountain in the largest ariel tram in North America, Ober Gatlinburg. Once you reach the top, there is a small amusement park, an ice skating rink, restaurants, and a bear exhibit.
One of the newest, most exciting attractions in the Smokies is TITANIC, in Pigeon Forge. TITANIC is one of the most prolific museums of the RMS Titanic tragedy in the world. Museum goers will be treated to a life size replica of much of the ship, as well as artifacts that were recovered from the wreckage.
Shopping – Enjoy hundreds of small, local retail specialty shops in the downtown Gatlinburg and Arts & Crafts community, including The Body Works, Buckboard Too, Celtic Heritage Company, The Day Hiker, Footgear, Glass Blowers of Gatlinburg, Little Sparrow Gallery, Honey Pot, The Hayloft, Village Candles, Tickled Pink Boutique, and many others. And if outlet malls are your thing, spend some time at the Tanger Outlet Mallin Sevierville.