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Smoky Mountain 4th of July For 2022

It is late May and the Summer season is right around the corner in the Smokies (and the rest of the hemisphere, obviously), we wanted to get you acquainted with THE big Summer event we all look forward to – the Smoky Mountain 4th of July for 2022. The size and popularity of the 4th of July events between Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg can not be understated and those who want to come to the Smokies for the event will want to begin planning as soon as you finish reading this post. It’s pretty much never too early to begin planning for the 4th of July in the Smokies!

So let’s cut to the chase. Here is the rundown for Fourth of July this year. Mypigeonforge.com writes:

Patriot Festival

Patriot Festival returns once again in 2022. This year’s annual 4th of July celebration is headlined by country superstar Josh Turner! This event is proudly presented by 107.7 WIVK and the City of Pigeon Forge.

Josh Turner has received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations and has also joined the Grand Ole Opry. Country music legends such as Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and Hank Williams have inspired his most recent album, Country State of Mind. The new album features dozens of songs, including songs from those five legends among others, span more than half a century of classic country music.

For nearly two decades, Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices, and he has never kept his reverence for traditional country music a secret. Josh looks forward to performing some of his greatest hits in Pigeon Forge, celebrating America’s birthday in style.

Fireworks Celebration

Pigeon Forge will mark Independence Day with the city’s annual fireworks on Monday, July 4th, capping the holiday weekend. The spectacular fireworks display will be simulcast by WIVK-FM 107.7 FM radio station in Knoxville.

Patriot Festival guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers are not permitted. Food vendors will be available. Free parking is provided at the Teaster Lane Municipal parking lot, and a free shuttle operates every 20 minutes between the lot and festival site.

Event Schedule

4:00pm: Welcome / Veterans Tribute

4:15pm: Pigeon Forge Community Chorus Patriotic Salute

5:20pm: Liquid Velvet

6:45pm: Swamp River Revival

8:30pm: Josh Turner

9:50pm: Fireworks”

See this article in full at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/patriot-festival.

And Gatlinburg.com writes:

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation

Gatlinburg’s award-winning Fourth of July Midnight Parade will step off at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 4.

The parade steps off at the intersection of East Parkway and Baskins Creek Bypass turning south onto the Parkway at traffic light #3. The parade continues through town ending at Ski Mountain Road. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early on Sunday, July 3, to avoid traffic and secure a place to watch the Midnight Parade along the Parkway.

The First Independence Day Parade in the Nation has garnered national attention and award recognition for excellence in entertainment. The parade has been named by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as a “Top Ten Parade to see in the US” and recognized by Livability.com as one of the “Five Best Fourth of July Celebrations in Smaller Cities.” Additionally, the event has earned multiple Grand Pinnacle Awards by the International Festivals and Events Association.

Gatlinburg’s River Raft Regatta

Gatlinburg’s most-nail biting race of the summer returns! Set against the backdrop of Gatlinburg’s fun-filled Fourth of July celebration, comes the ever-competitive River Raft Regatta, an annual race of unmanned floatables down the Little Pigeon River.

All contestants will begin the day at the race’s starting line at the former Christ in the Smokies Museum, beginning from 11 a.m. to register their floatable. The race kicks off at 1 p.m. and ends after all floatables have crossed the finish line at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

Eventgoers can opt to enter a rented rubber duck into the competition (or bring your own at no cost) for $2 or 3 for $5 onsite. All proceeds go to the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation and is a great way to for everyone to participate in this fun, thrilling event. This year’s River Raft Regatta will issue trophies to those who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Treasure, Duck and Most Creative Float categories.

Gatlinburg’s Fireworks Finale

Join the celebration in downtown Gatlinburg to mark our nation’s “Independence Day” with a spectacular 20-minute firework show starting at 11:00 p.m. from the Gatlinburg Space Needle. Spectators can view the fireworks from any vantage point in Gatlinburg. This event is designated as a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

See these events and more at Gatlinburg.com/events/.

Smoky Mountains for the Kids!

Smoky Mountain Kids, attention Moms and Dads…… what is fun to do in the Smokies with kids?  Everything!  We always like to encourage outdoor activity and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as the #1 activity to consider when visiting the Smoky Mountain Area. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the reason these communities have grown and become a vacation destination so we hope that you might visit the park and learn and teach your children about the beauty of the park and it’s importance to our well being. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is an excellent place to take the children or the family!. You will find stop off locations for short walks or light picnics, you will find trail heads to water falls such as Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls, along with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. At the beginning of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is Mynatt Park, which we can highly recommend for free kids fishing and a picnic. At the end of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail you will find Ely’s Mill, a very unique and memorable top. There are many favorite locations in the Smokies, Metcalf Bottoms and more so take your time and do some exploring!

It is not difficult to find information about Dollywood, Anakeesta and The Island.  We know there are mountain coasters and mini-golf, we want to share with you some of the small businesses in the area that are fantastic. Small business Smoky Mountains we could call it! These choices are for kids of ages up to 12.

Gatlinburg:

Izzy BeesIzzy Bees Stuffed Friends
Build a bear or a forest animal at Izzy Bees, located in the Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg.  This store is locally owned and operated and has really cute options to build your own friend and dress the friends and choose among many options.  Prices are the best in the area and this is guaranteed fun for the kiddos and will make an excellent memory and souvenir.

 

Hillbilly Golf
Located on the parkway as you enter Gatlinburg you will find Hillbilly Golf on the left before you see stoplight #3. Hillbilly Golf recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and it is long time staple in Gatlinburg for kids and family fun.  It’s the original, give it a try the kids will love it.

Pigeon Forge

Toy Box Mini Golf
Located at 112 Dollywood Lane, Toy Box Mini Golf is one of the newest mini golf amusements in the area and seems to be a real hit with the kids.  It is full of nostalgia in its decor and loaded with all kinds of amusements and fun for the family.  Find it on Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge.

The Smoky Mountain area has many free parks and we know kids love parks.  Outside of the main park, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in which you will find hiking and fishing and all kinds of exploring as mentioned above, these parks are community parks that the kids will love and have no admission fee!

Smoky Mountain Free Area Parks.

For Kid Friendly Restaurant Choices and favorite Family Restaurants in the Smokies, visit here with just a click!

Trout Farm

Kids Love The Trout Farm!

Have you heard of The English Mountain Trout Farm?  Located in the Sevierville area just off 411 are several attractions we know the kids and the family will enjoy.  One of them is The English Mountain Trout Farm.

Enjoy a beautiful ride to a less visited area of Sevier County and the Smoky Mountains English Mountain Trout Farm is located at 291 Blowing Cave Rd., Sevierville, Tennessee 37876.  English Mountain Trout Farm has a little bit of fun for all ages.  You don’t have to have children with you to enjoy your visit, however, we highly recommend this visit for toddlers and children.  This attraction is also a very good wheelchair accessible location for those with special needs.

At the Trout Farm you can catch your fish and have them cook it for you!  You Hook ‘Em and We’ll Cook ‘Em you will hear them say!  Bait, fishing poles and fishing attendants are all part of the experience when you pay your small fee for your license for the time you are fishing. If you prefer to just enjoy their delicious Trout, then you can simply order and eat, they are known for their delicious home cooked foods.

Dine In or Take Out, Outdoor Seating, High chairs and wheelchair access makes The English Mountain Trout Farm one of our favorite picks for things to do with Toddlers and Children in the Smoky Mountains.’ Did we mention the Gem Mine?  Oh my, who knew it was so much fun to Gem Mine. The kids will love it and so will you.  This is such a great place for families!

The English Mountain Trout Farm is highly rated by Trip Advisor and others. Expect a wonderful experience when you visit.

https://www.englishmountaintroutfarm.net

Charging Stations For Electric Cars In Sevier County

In Sevier County, we do our best to evolve with the times and offer progressive technology as it becomes available and feasible for our infrastructure. One question we were asked recently is where the writer could find charging stations for their electric vehicle in Sevier County as Google Maps can sometimes be unwieldly or cumbersome to look up while on a phone or just in general.

In this short and simple article, we’ll list out where you can find electric charging stations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley (as of April 2022, these are the only cities in Sevier County that really have any electric vehicle charging stations).

This list will be updated as new charging stations and changes come forth.

Gatlinburg

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
125 Greystone Heights Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Alamo Steakhouse
705 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Radio Shack and Parkway Liquors
1357 East Pkwy, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Bennett’s BBQ
714 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Smoky Mountain Resort
404 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Pigeon Forge

Alamo Steakhouse
3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Mama’s Farmhouse
208 Pickel St, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

The Mountain Mile
2655 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Walgreens
3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Blake Jones Racing Center
2905 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Tru Hotel
2815 Teaster Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Christmas Place Village
2470 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Between Titanic Museum and Hatfield & McCoy Theater
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Christmas Inn
120 Christmas Tree Ln, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Dollywood DreamMore Resort
2525 DreamMore Wy, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862

Sevierville

Main Street Commons In Downtown Sevierville
136 Bruce St, Sevierville, TN 37862

Between Ihop and Black Rifle Coffee Company
1820 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Sevierville Golf Club
1425 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

Berry Springs Lodge
2149 Seaton Springs Rd. Sevierville, TN 37862

Five Oaks Tanger Shopping Center
1641 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

These Menus At Sunliner Diner Restaurant in Pigeon Forge

In this small article, we wanted to highlight a recent trip to the Sunliner Diner restaurant in Pigeon Forge and their clever integration of Pigeon Forge identity and the listing of food items and services commonly referred to as a “menu”. We just wanted to highlight this bit of creativity you can find from a newer and very popular restaurant in our area!

Yes, the menu for their burgers, fries, chicken tenders, waffles, chicken and waffles, appetizers, meatloaf, fish and chips, sandwiches and more are all printed on the back of this page. It’s a wonderfully nice touch for a restaurant designed to make you feel like you’ve gone back a couple eras!

See the Sunliner Diner online at https://www.sunlinerdiner.com/pigeon-forge/.

Smoky Mountain Falls | Cabins Near Gatlinburg

Creekside Cabins are popular in the Smoky Mountains and Smoky Mountain Falls offers several beautiful Creekside Cabins that are located in the Cosby area near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fishing Cabins in the Smoky Mountains is a popular request and one our cabins can fill. Once you have stayed with Smoky Mountain Falls at one of our Creekside Cabins you will want to return again and again to see if the fish are biting. Enjoy the sounds of the creek as you pour your morning coffee and as you fall asleep at night.

We offer more secluded cabins. Location is everything! Do you seek a bit of privacy? Whether you are a honeymoon couple or a family just looking to reconnect, one of the best things about our vacation rentals is the location. Our cabins are located just a short distance from just about everything people enjoy doing, yet they offer certain privacy and space that offers people a time to reconnect with one another and nature.

What sets the cabins with Smoky Mountain Falls Cabin Rentals to stand out from other cabins in the area?
Our team takes great pride in our homes. We understand that the vacation rental you choose is the core of your vacation. Vacations don’t come easy and so our team works to create the vacation home we would want to have when we are on vacation. Cleanliness and cabin maintenance are top-notch. Because we are a small company, we know our homes and their owners personally and we work to offer their very best to you.

Service is a number ONE priority.
Smoky Mountain Falls was built by providing vacation opportunities to guests one cabin at a time. We offer Southern Hospitality when we speak with you in regard to renting a home and we look forward to knowing you better when you come to stay. Once your reservation is complete, we are here to be sure your vacation home is set to provide you with a memorable experience. The guests that come to stay with Smoky Mountain Falls are the most important part of our business and we want you to know that.

Location, Location, Location!
Our homes are located along the Eastern area of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our cabins are near Gatlinburg and Cosby, Tennessee, and an easy drive to Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and other areas in the Smokies. The Cosby entrance to the National Park is beautiful and highly recommended when you visit. Our cabins offer a great experience, whichever cabin you choose. Whether you are looking for a location like Cobby Nob with pool access, or something quite private and secluded, we have the cabin for you.

Return again and again!
We have guests that return again and again. It is not unusual for a family to try several of our cabins as they visit the Smoky Mountains. If you are folks who visit several times a year, if you have a favorite cabin, we are happy to reserve it for you in advance to be sure you get to enjoy your favorite.

See more on Smoky Mountain Falls at www.cabinsneargatlinburg.com.

The Hidden Gems Of The Arts and Crafts Community

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community of the Smoky Mountains is the first major attraction other than the mountains themselves to bring people in from all around the United States and get to know more about the artisan soul of our region. Artists of all kinds reside here – painters, woodcrafters, potters, glass makers, sign makers, quilters, candle makers, upcyclers, jewelers, stone crafters… the list goes on.

Much is written about the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community and some stores are already well-known. In this article, we wanted to showcase some of the lesser-known shops from the Community that we visited lately and can recommend as part of your Gatlinburg visit. Take a look:

Shaconage Stone Art & Jewelry
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-719=3999
http://www.shaconagestoneartandjewelry.net/

“Our unique product lines from the Stone Art to the Jewelry are made by local artists. Most of the items are Native American made. We are extremely proud of our artist and products.Our products are made by local artisans. The unique stone art is made by Walking Bear. Our jewelry is designed by Vidars Custom Jewelry, and Matoka. Our hand knapped arrowheads, bows and arrows are by Stone Bear. Walking Bear, Stone Bear and Les Coffee make our unique knives. Our herbal teas, oils and soaps are by Nuwati. We also carry products by other Native Americans. Each item is unique and one of a kind.”

Hills Creek Gallery
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-430-7778
https://www.hillscreek.com/

“Est. 1991 Featuring the Award Winning Smoky Mountains Scenic, Wildlife and Nature Photography of M&D Hills. Enjoy unique handcrafted gifts, jewelry, art glass, kaleidoscopes, paperweights, metalwork, & pottery. Don’t miss our one of a kind selection of glass pendants and earrings by artist J. Hills. Plus so much more.”

Elk River Gifts and Crafts
608 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1028
https://www.facebook.com/elkrivercraftsandgifts/

Ownby’s Woodcraft
704 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-5254
https://www.etsy.com/market/ownbys_woodcraft

“Since the late 1800’s the Ownby’s carry on a long family tradition, turning native wood into beautiful wooden fruit, bowls, flowers, baskets, cutting boards, stools, birdhouses, bears, old timey games, toys & much more.”

Hand-n-Heart Creations
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-412-1156
https://www.facebook.com/handnheartcreationsgatlinburg/

“We are a shop in the Arts & Crafts Community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We feature a wide variety of unique, hand-crafted, artisan items from regional artists in a pleasant atmosphere.”

White Buffalo Native American Gifts
601 Glades Road Suite 2
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-335-9762

Jams, Jellies, Nuts & More
170 Glades Road
Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
865-436-8911

Firefly Glass Studio
830 Moyers Dr,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 206-6083
https://www.gatlinburg.com/listing/firefly-glass-studio/516/

“Nancy Huff creates contemporary fused glass art. Ths studio offers a “You Create” experience for all ages. Stop by and design your own masterpiece that will be fired and shipped.”

JJ Signs and Gifts
170 Glades Road, Suite 22,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(260) 705-1058
https://www.facebook.com/HancevilleAL/

“Artist Joyce Branch free hands signs, paints acrylic paintings and creates unique art with glass and resin. Joyce is able to paint a sign for you while you wait or create a special unique piece of art for your home or business.”

Lil’ Bit of Gatlinburg
575 Proffitt Rd.,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-4280
https://www.lilbitofgatlinburg.com/

“Come explore our unique sampling of craft and whimsy. We offer so much for the casual gift shopper, as well as the refined collector. From novelties to candles to pottery to paintings and handcrafted items from local artisans. Gift Wrapping Services offered here. Save time and hassle. Bring all of your gift wrap needs to us. If it’s more than a few, we’ll come to you. Call for more info and availability.”

Smoky Mountain Gold 2
601 Glades Rd # 8,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-6805

The Rampant Lion – A Pub & Wine Bar
734 Powdermill Rd,
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 567-5217
http://www.therampantlionpub.com/

“A Celtic Pub and Wine Bar on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, nestled in the Arts and Crafts Community Centre. Starting with a wide selection of Whisky’s, ciders, wine coolers and cheeses, plus a tapas restaurant with offerings from around the world.”

Cabins Near Gatlinburg

Cabins near Gatlinburg is what you seek? Then we have cabins for you! There is a Cabin Near Gatlinburg to fit every taste and budget! Each of our vacation homes are near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby, Sevierville, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Whether you would like a cabin next to a creek or river, or a cabin that offers a fantastic mountain view, you will find it here. Our cabins vary from one-bedroom bungalows to grand lodges, with the ability to accommodate multiple families!

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.

Cabins include:

Mountain High
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Central Heat & Air
• Outdoor Built-In Spa
• Gas Log Fireplace
• Satellite TV with DVD Player
• Washer & Dryer (Laundry Soap is NOT provided!)
• Ceiling Fans Throughout
• Charcoal Grill (Charcoal is NOT provided!)
• Stocked Kitchen and Dishwasher
• 2 TVs (1 in Master; 1 in Den)
• Porch Swing and Picnic Table
• All Paved Roads to the Cabin
• All Bed and Bath Linens Provided
• Complimentary Wifi
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-high

Mountain Creek Retreat
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8

• Over 1400 Square Feet
• 2 Bedrooms on Main Level, Plus a Loft Bedroom
• 2 Full Baths
• 3 Queen Beds
• 1 Sleeper Sofa
• Microwave
• Coffee Maker
• Toaster
• Dinner and Cookware
• Rocking Chairs
• Porch Swing
• Waterfront
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Minutes Away from Rafting
• Wifi
• Four TVs – 1 in Living Room, 1 in Each Bedroom
• Cable TV
• Phone
• Bed and Bath Linens
• Gas Grill
• Washer and Dryer
• Hot Tub
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/mountain-creek-retreat

River Falls Bungalow
1 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Blender
• Ice Maker
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/river-falls-bungalow

Wild Berry Mountain
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• 2 Bedrooms – Each with Queen Size Bed
• 2 Bathrooms – 1 with Jetted Tub
• Walk-In Shower
• Sleeper Sofa
• Mountain Views
• Wooded Setting
• Full Kitchen
• Hot Tub
• Washer and Dryer
• Wood Burning Fireplace
• Covered Porches
• Regular TV
• Charcoal Grill
• Fire Pit
• Secluded and Private
• Outdoor Rockers
• Telephone (Local Only)
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/wild-berry-mountain

Enchanted Forest
2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6

• Free Parking
• Cable Television
• Entertainment Center
• Deck / Patio
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Pool
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/enchanted-forest

Starwood Cabin
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

• Keyless Entry
• Free Parking
• Satellite Television
• Telephone
• Deck / Patio
• Game Room
• Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
• Washer & Dryer
• Gas Fireplace
• Central Heating
• Air Conditioning
• Full Kitchen
• Microwave
• Outdoor Grill
• High Speed Internet
• Wireless Internet
• Toaster
• Dishwasher
• Coffee Maker
• Oven
• Stove
• Refrigerator
• Dishes & Utensils
• DVD Player
• Living Room
• Towels Provided
• Iron & Board
• Linens Provided
• Exterior Lighting
• Deadbolt lock
• Fire Extinguisher
https://cabinsneargatlinburg.com/cabins/starwood-cabin

Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

The main tourism website for the city of Gatlinburg published this blog post recently and we thought there was enough good information on it that we would like to share it on this blog as well.

From www.gatlinburg.com:

Top 8 Things to Do This Summer in Gatlinburg

“1. Outdoor adventures
No summer vacation is complete without escaping to the mountains for an adventure. Great Smoky Mountains National Park holds the record for being America’s most visited national park – and for good reason. Hit any of the park’s 900+ miles of hiking trails and discover historical settlements, cascading waterfalls, and scenic views along its many paths. Along with its numerous trails, there is no shortage of ways to get out and experience the park’s unique wilderness, from guided nature hikes to scenic drives, to river rafting and horseback riding. Motor routes like the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and the Cade’s Cove loop road also let you sightsee at a Sunday-drive pace and offer plenty of picnic areas to stop and enjoy lunch along the way.

2. Panoramic views
For a truly magnificent photo op, try viewing the Smokies from above. You can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Space Needle, Aerial Tramway, or from the comfort of an Anakeesta Chondola. You can also hop in the car and take a scenic drive up to the Gatlinburg Bypass for an amazing view of the city surrounded by the Smoky Mountains.

3. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Loop
Gatlinburg’s famous Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – which started from a local tradition for making craftsmen goods – has since grown to be the largest group of independent artisans in North America. Find quality creations inside every storefront along with the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop that’s home to weavers, potters, painters, jewelers, candlemakers, and many other artists.

4. Family Fun
With activities and excitement lining both sides of downtown, Gatlinburg is a great place for family attractions. Kids of all ages can play in a magical treehouse village or race together on duel ziplines when families discover Gatlinburg’s newest theme park, Anakeesta. For any family looking for a variety of things to do, there’s just nothing like Ober Gatlinburg. With rides like the Alpine Slide and Ski Mountain Coaster, year-round ice skating and a special area for the littlest ones, this amusement park is a favorite family destination. Families that enjoy a challenge can work together in a 60-minute race against the clock to break out from Gatlin’s Escape Games, one of the most adrenaline-pumping attractions in Gatlinburg. There are countless other family activities in town, from the wonderful Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies to museums and mirror mazes.

5. Fourth of July
There’s no better place to celebrate July 4th than Gatlinburg, because we start earlier than anybody else. Gatlinburg’s 46th annual 4th of July Midnight Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 4 and is the first Independence Day celebration in the nation. At 1 p.m. on July 4th, the action moves to the Little Pigeon with the River Raft Regatta. You can participate or cheer on your favorite floatable in this fun and competitive Independence Day tradition. The big finale comes after dark when a spectacular firework show from The Space Needle lights up downtown at 11 p.m.

6. Romance
Are you getting married this summer? Gatlinburg is one of the most romantic places in the world, not only for couples tying the knot and newlyweds honeymooning but for lovers who want to renew their relationships.

7. Gatlinburg Farmers Market
Every year from May to October, our local farmers, artisans and food producers gather on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 next to the Post Office on East Parkway. The Gatlinburg Farmers Market features fresh, local produce, eggs, homemade baked goods and items like jams, honey and natural health products.

8. Summer music
When the summer sun goes down, Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway comes alive with the sounds of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales! Visitors can stroll Gatlinburg’s famous Parkway sidewalks and easily catch one of Tunes & Tales’ many costumed performers sharing the music and tales that have existed in the Smoky Mountains as far back as the 1800s. Musical entertainment can be found at the Ole Smoky “Holler” or at Ole Red Gatlinburg on a daily basis. We’re also celebrating Appalachian music at the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival on August 19-22 at venues throughout Gatlinburg.”

 

See this full article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/blog/post/the-top-8-things-to-do-this-summer-in-gatlinburg/.

Dolly Parton’s Tribute to the State of Tennessee

Sevier County’s favorite daughter, Miss Dolly Parton, posted a video as part of this incredible historic anniversary for the state of Tennessee!

As reported by WATE.com:

“As part of the 225th celebration of statehood, the county music icon lent her voice and her 1973 single “My Tennessee Mountain Home” to a video released Tuesday called “Home.”

“I am Tennessee proud,” Parton said. “I’m proud of our wonderful state, proud to be a born and raised Tennessee girl, and I’m proud to be a part of all that we represent.’

The video features all corners of the state from Mountain City to Memphis. Gov. Bill Lee is seen pulling a music record off a shelf as the video takes a tour of main streets, landmarks and natural scenery highlighting Tennessee’s culture and beauty.

“Dolly is a Tennessee treasure, and I’m thankful she’s joined us to commemorate 225 years of statehood,” Lee said. “I invite Tennesseans to celebrate at events throughout the year … to share the stories of the people, places and moments that have shaped Tennessee.”

View this article in full at https://www.wate.com/news/watch-dolly-parton-celebrates-225-years-of-statehood-with-my-tennessee-mountain-home-video/.