Smoky Mountain Area Info
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Wind your way through the forest, alongside the flowing river on the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Located just a mile from Gatlinburg, this 5.5 mile loop is quite popular among the many folks that travel to the mountains. The loop travels along the mountain streams and you can see many preserved log cabins, a grist mill and other buildings. There are also pull – offs for the folks that want to park and hike a trail. Two of the most popular hikes are Grotto Falls and Rainbow Falls. Grotto Falls is a 2.6 mile that takes you to a 25 foot high waterfall that you can walk behind. It is a nice, leisurely hike. Rainbow Falls is roughly 5.4 roundtrip and is one of the national parks most popular hikes. It is considered moderately strenuous. If you tough it out, the reward is well worth it!
Take a day trip to North Carolina while you are in Pigeon Forge! Bryson City is a small town with lots to offer. Just an hour and a half from Pigeon Forge, you can explore unique shops, restaurants and galleries. If shopping isn’t your style, you can enjoy a hike or horseback riding through the mountains. You can even mine for gems! Don’t forget to cool down while white water rafting through the Smokies!
Located in Walland, Tennessee, Tuckaleechee Caverns is just a short ride from Pigeon Forge. Known as the “Greatest Site Under the Smokies” it is estimated to be between 20 and 30 million years old. Explore the depths of the caverns, but be sure to stop to enjoy the high falling waterfalls.
Are you ready for the ride of your life!? Buckle up and enjoy a scenic ride through the woods at up to 30 miles per hour! But don’t worry, you control the speed yourself! Feel free to be a daredevil or take it easy and enjoy the ride. Either way you don’t want to miss out on the FOUR new alpine coasters in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!
Cades Cove is one of, if not the most, popular destinations in the Great Smoky Mountains. People often see deer, black bears, coyotes, ground hogs, turkey and more. It is, by far, one of the best places for travelers to see the National Park wildlife.
It normally takes 2 – 4 hours to travel the 11 mile loop at Cades Cove. It is a one – way loop, but does have pull – offs for motorists to use when stopping to view wildlife, scenery, etc. There is a lot of history surrounding the Cades Cove area. Cherokee Indians hunted the area before the first Europeans settled in the area between 1818 and 1821. In 1830, the population of the cove was 271.
Along the loop, you will find three churches, log houses, a working grist mill, barns and many other 18th and 19th century buildings. You can pick up an inexpensive guide at the entrance to Cades Cove. You will love learning the history that lurks around every bend and curve in the loop. There are many hiking trails that lead you to other structures and waterfalls. The most popular trail is Abrams Falls. It leads to a large volume waterfall. The hike itself is 5 miles roundtrip.
If you love to bike, be sure to visit Cades Cove on a Saturday or Wednesday morning. The park keeps the loop closed to motorists until 10 A.M. from May to September. Also located in Cades Cove is a campground, horse camp, visitor center and gift shop.
Home of the Tennessee Vols! Just a quick drive up Interstate 40, Knoxville has so much to offer! Dine in the Sunsphere or visit World’s Fair Park to run in the fountains. Pay a visit to our furry friends at the Knoxville Zoo or visit us on a weekend to go cheer on our very own Tennessee Vols!
Who doesn’t want to go horseback riding in the Great Smoky Mountains?! It is such a fun way to see and experience the Smokies. A few of the many stables for vacationers to enjoy are Sugarlands Riding Stables, Smoky Mountain Riding Stables and the Cades Cove Riding Stables. Saddle up on your next trip to Pigeon Forge and put Smoky Mountain horseback riding down as a new experience for you and yours!