Cabin Of The Week – Paw Prints

This week, we’re featuring one of the newer properties on our rental program – Paw Prints. And if you look carefully enough, you might even spy some telltale bear paw prints in the woods surrounding this charming one-bedroom cabin. The property benefits from its location in a rustic resort community near the bottom of Round Top Mountain. It’s also adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which means the scenery is gorgeous, and you’re a very short drive from park adventures like hiking, cycling and picnicking.

However, you won’t find any paw prints inside this non-smoking cabin, which is ideally suited for a honeymoon, anniversary trip, romantic getaway or even a weekend away with the spouse and kids. From the outside, this two-level rental looks ultra-cozy, but once you step inside, you realize there’s plenty of room for whatever your stay in the Smokies might bring.

On the main level, you’ll find the living room, kitchen, a full bathroom and a Murphy bed that folds down from the wall and would make a great place for a couple of younger children to bunk down for the night. (Just make sure not to fold the kids up into the wall the next morning.) The living room’s seating group features an overstuffed leather couch as well as chairs with handmade cane bottoms, all of which lend themselves well to settling in for a ballgame on the TV, a movie on the DVD player or maybe just a quiet, romantic evening in front of the wood-burning fireplace.

The downstairs essentially functions as the master bedroom, thanks to a king-size bed, adjacent whirlpool tub, pool table, cable TV and full bathroom. And if you plan to stay long enough to do some laundry, you’ll find a washer and dryer conveniently located on this level so you won’t have to take time out to drive to a laundromat.

Paw Prints has two porches (front and back) that allow for a transitional experience between indoors and outdoors. On the front porch is a hand railing made from locally harvested mountain laurel branches, and there’s a charcoal grill that gives you another cooking option, in addition to the fully equipped indoor kitchen. Meanwhile, the covered back porch offers a relaxing hot tub that faces out toward Cove Mountain, and with chillier nights coming up this fall, a hot tub is a great amenity for a cabin in the Smokies to have.

Other features include high-speed Internet, iron and ironing board, wooded views and a wooded level yard off the lower deck, which would make a great area for younger kids to play in the great outdoors.

If for some reason Paw Prints doesn’t seem like it will meet your accommodations requirements for your next trip to the Smokies, give us a call anyway. Timbercreek Cabins Gatlinburg has a full selection of cabins and cottages ranging from 1 to 5 bedrooms, and they all deliver great locations and lots of luxury amenities.

Crafts And Autumn In The Smokies Go Hand In Hand

Now that we’re officially into the fall season, there are a few things you can always count on seeing in the Great Smoky Mountains – changing leaves, autumn decorations and lots of authentic mountain crafts. Starting now and running through October, craft festivals and events will be a mainstay on the calendars in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. So this week, we’re giving you a quick overview of all that’s in store for all you lovers of arts and crafts.

If you’re staying in one of our scenic-view cabins, Gatlinburg is where you’ll want to go to see the annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. Taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center October 8 through 25, this event has some 200 booths showcasing the arts and craft works of some of the nation’s finest artisans. Many of them will be on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique works of art for sale. Craft forms include everything from pottery, candle making and basket making to photography, metal work and woodwork. This event also features live country and bluegrass performances daily.

Gatlinburg is also home to the Great Smokies Arts & Crafts Community, which holds annual craft events of its own each spring and Christmas. But all through the year, visitors can tour the 100-plus shops, studios and galleries that are located along the community’s 8-mile loop, which is formed by Glades Rd., Buckhorn Rd., and U.S. Hwy. 321.

The community is a great place to stop in and browse original handmade pieces that run the entire gamut of arts and crafts. Often, you’ll find the artisans working in their studios, and they’re usually quite happy to answer questions about their work. And naturally, they have plenty of pieces on display for purchase as well. The loop also features a number of eateries where you can take a break from craft hunting and relax with a good meal and a beverage.

Heading north into Pigeon Forge, you’ll find several craft-oriented events taking place as well. At Dollywood, the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration runs October 2 through 31, welcoming artisans from all over the country for a special month of arts and crafts. In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, the festival’s guest artists set up shop throughout the park to demonstrate a wide range of traditional mountain crafts. This year’s booths offer paintings, dulcimers, textile art, natural stone jewelry, dolls, pottery, chainsaw carvings, stained glass and much more.

Also in Pigeon Forge, you’ll find the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Fair set up under the big tent at Patriot Park September 26 through October 24. There, you can see and purchase handmade items from some of the area’s most talented artists and crafters. Admission is free, however, visitors are encouraged to make a donation that will be distributed to local and regional charities.

7 Things To Do In Townsend, Tennessee

Most folks who travel to the Smokies know about the communities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. After all, that’s where you’ll find the vast majority of attractions, shops and restaurants in the area. But there’s another nearby community that a lot of travelers prefer to visit because it hasn’t completely surrendered its Smoky Mountain character to tourism.

That place is Townsend, TN, and its comfortable blend of mountain charm and minimal tourist-oriented businesses has earned it the nickname “the peaceful side of the Smokies.” It’s somewhere you might want to think about exploring if you’re staying in one of our Timbercreek cabins. Townsend is less than 10 miles away from most of our properties, and we think you’ll find it a refreshing change of pace. So this week, we’re passing along, in no particular order, a few recommendations for places to go in Townsend.

Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

This cultural center offers a self-guided tour through the history of the area, beginning with its ancient native inhabitants and going all the way through its European settlers and pre-national-park residents. The exhibits are informative and interactive, and the tour even takes you outside through a small village of authentic historic buildings and structures. The center hosts special exhibits and events throughout the year, including a summer concert series.

Little River Railroad Museum

This attraction is devoted to preserving and passing on the history and legacy of Townsend’s railroad industry, which was huge in the early days of the 20th century. The railroads were vital to the area’s core business, which was timber. The trains were used to ship felled trees out of town and to bring workers in. The museum’s self-guided tour is free and includes both indoor exhibits as well as outside features like restored locomotives and other implements used in shipping timber.

Tuckaleechee Caverns

No matter what time of year you visit, this massive underground cavern maintains a steady temperature in the upper 50s. You can follow the lighted trails deep into the mountain as you explore the seemingly endless network of caverns and their many fascinating geological features, including stalactites and stalagmites.

The Townsend Y

In warmer weather, lots of folks (including locals) like to stop at this natural swimming hole in the Little River. The water is brisk but makes a great way to cool of on those hot summer days.


This one’s also for warm days only, but there are a few companies in town that rent inner tubes you can then use to float gently down the Little River while taking a break from the heat and humidity.


There’s a great bike trail system that runs from one end of Townsend to the other, on both sides of the highway. The complete loop is about 10 miles long. You can use your own bicycle or rent one from a local vendor.

Attend A Festival

The Townsend Visitor Center hosts several special events each year, including the annual fall festival, which runs September 25 and 26 this year. You can bring your lawn chair and enjoy bluegrass music, arts and crafts, fall foods and a wide variety of things for the whole family.

Cabin Of The Week – Seminole Wind

There’s something naturally peaceful and calming about spending time in the middle of nature. So when you place a charming one-bedroom log cabin in that same setting, you’ve really got the perfect recipe for a weekend or even a full week of unplugging, de-stressing and unwinding.

That’s the magic formula behind Seminole Wind, one of the more recent properties to join our inventory of Wears Valley cabins. With just one bedroom, awesomely thematic mountain-style décor and amenities aplenty, this is a property where you can get away and do some serious relaxing.

For example, the back deck is a great spot for just watching and listening to nature, whether it’s the soothing rustle of wind through the abundant hardwood trees around you or even the grunts and shuffles of a native black bear, white-tailed deer or a flock of turkey, you’ll always be reminded that you’re far from the madding crowds of everyday life.

The back deck also boasts a private hot tub for relaxation of a different sort, or you can settle back in the rocking chair on the covered front porch and enjoy kicking back from a whole new perspective.

Inside, Seminole Wind is designed and equipped to spoil you with modern-day amenities in a tastefully rustic setting marked by an all-wood interior and mountain-lodge décor. The main living area features a stone wood-burning fireplace framed by hardwood floors and cathedral ceilings to complete the interior picture of majestic mountain living. There’s also an overstuffed leather seating group in front of the fireplace – ideal for cozying up on a chilly fall or winter night or settling in during any season to watch your favorite movie or sporting event.

The kitchen is tricked out with lots of appliances, cookware, cutlery and more, making it a cost-effective way to provide your own meals while on vacation or, at the very least, a hub of snacking activity on the days you dine out in town.

As for sleeping accommodations, the queen-size bed in the main-level bedroom has a whirlpool tub in the adjacent bathroom, and the upstairs loft area has a twin log bed in case you bring one of the kids along for the trip. The upstairs also has a pool table for some recreational down time as well as a step-out observation deck overlooking the rear of the property.

Other amenities include a washer and dryer, three TVs with cable reception, VCR and DVD players, high-speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board, porch swing and charcoal grill for firing up some tasty steaks, burgers or dogs.

The location of Seminole Wind is prime – adjacent to the national park, which allows for very easy access to all of the area’s hiking, picnicking and sightseeing opportunities, but also within just a few minutes’ drive of key tourism spots like Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. That means you’re never far away from dozens of world-class attractions as well as outlet malls, arts and crafts, special events and restaurants that span the spectrum of regional and world cuisine.

The Sevier County Fair Returns To Sevierville

As Bob Dylan once warbled, “The times they are a-changin’.” But as much as the pace of our modern world continues to increase, there are still some things that have remained immune to the pressures and ravages of time. Take the traditional county fair, for example. This quaint slice of Americana still lives on today in many locations, and this year’s Sevier County Fair proves that the more things change, the more some things stay the same.

This year’s Sevier County Fair takes place September 7 through 12 at the Sevier County Fairgrounds on Old Knoxville Hwy. in Sevierville.

Each day at the fair brings a wide variety of competitions, exhibitions, performances and fun, including classic carnival-style rides that make you go around and around, up and down, frontwards and backwards and everything in between. Top that off with a traditional carnival midway packed with games of skill and fun carny foods, and you’ve got the recipe for a fun night for the whole family.

There are several other components that you’ll find each day at the fair, including the poultry barn, live shows, free laser tag and the Barnyard Review, where live costumed characters wander the fairgrounds interacting with the crowds.

Monday highlights include a dairy and cattle show, the Fairest of the Fair beauty competition and an ice-cream-eating contest. On Tuesday, look for more dairy and cattle show entries and more Fairest of the Fair competition. At 6 p.m. that night, the Boy Scouts will have a Dutch Oven Cook-off behind the Exhibit Hall. At 7 p.m., the turtle races are sure to bring the evening to a fever pitch.

On Wednesday the 9th, preregistered contestants will go head to head in the Volunteer Chevrolet Lego Build competition, and at 6 p.m., both the open beef cattle show and the tractor Olympics will be taking place in two different venues. On Thursday, look for a live performance by the Elizabeth Williams Dancers as well as the junior open sheep show and a show featuring performers from the Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge.

The weekend is packed with events, including a goat show, youth talent show, lawnmower pull and watermelon seed-spitting contest, all on Friday night. Saturday is Senior Day, and the action kicks off at 1 p.m. with the Humane Society Dog Show, followed by SmartBank Bingo in the Little Red Barn Theater, koi drag racing and Firehouse Subs Kids’ Funky Fun Night, also in the Little Red Barn Theater.

The fair is open from 5 to 10 p.m. most days, except for 3 to 10 p.m. on Monday the 7th and Saturday the 12th. Tickets are only $5 for adults and free for kids ages 10 and younger. You can get unlimited ride wristbands for $15 until September 4, at which point the price will go up to $18. Tickets may be purchased online at

Also look for special savings on select nights, including Wednesday the 9th, when TN Farm Bureau members get two free admissions with a membership card, and Thursday, which is Food City’s night for buy-one-get-one unlimited ride wristbands. And as mentioned before, Saturday is Senior Day, which means seniors ages 60 and older get in for $3 each.

If you plan to be in the area this weekend, give us a call early this week to book one of our Tennessee cabins. We have properties throughout the area, including rentals that are conveniently located for those visiting the Sevier County Fair.

6 Great Photo Opps In The Smokies

These days, everyone’s a photographer, right? It’s pretty standard for folks of all ages to carry cell phones, and the vast majority of those phones have cameras. As a result, we’re probably taking more pictures and documenting our lives more right now than at any point in history since the camera was invented.

When you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains, picture taking is a must. After all, there are so many gorgeous and photogenic locations that you’d be doing your friends, family and Facebook a disservice by not snapping away at all that beauty and sharing your pics for the world to see.

So the next time you plan to visit the Smokies (and hopefully stay in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals), we have some suggestions for some places you might want to capture for your own personal archives. Whether you make those photos selfies or not is your business…

  1. The Dolly Parton Statue

Outside the mountains, this may be one of the most photographed sites in the Great Smoky region. The bronze statue is on the front grounds of the Sevier County courthouse in downtown Sevierville, and it depicts hometown girl Dolly Parton sitting with a guitar in her lap. No telling how many thousands of visitors have cozied up next to Ms. Dolly just to say, “cheese!”

  1. National Park Waterfalls

It’s hard to single out any one waterfall destination in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so we’ll just say that any waterfall or cascade you hike to is worthy of a camera click or 10. Some sites to consider include Abrams Falls, Ramsey Cascade, Henwallow Falls, Grotto Falls and Rainbow Falls. Just make sure you don’t drop your phone in the water…

  1. Music Theater Shows

Here’s one case where they’ll take the pictures for you. Almost every music theater show in the Smokies gives you the option of having you and your party’s pic taken by the house photographer on your way into the theater. You don’t have to participate or purchase the final product, but these can make memorable keepsakes of your fun times in the Smokies. Similarly…

  1. Dollywood Rides

On many of the coasters and thrill rides at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, cameras take your photo during particularly hair-raising moments. These pics aren’t always terribly flattering – especially if you’re in mid scream – but again, they can be amusing keepsakes of your visit to the Smokies.

  1. National Park Observation Towers

You don’t always have to climb a mountain to get great views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Some of the area’s notable observation towers are accessible by car and then require only a short hike. Examples include the Clingman’s Dome observation tower in the national park and the Look Rock observation tower on scenic Foothills Parkway.

  1. Black Bears

Make sure you zoom in as close as possible, however. If you’re so close to a bear that you can count his teeth in your camera’s viewfinder, you might be a little too close. Always remember to keep a safe distance from bears you encounter and give them plenty of space to do what they’re doing. No photo is worth ultimate harm to the bear or yourself.

This Week In The National Park

Do you hear that silence in your house? Yeah? It may be the sound of kids not being at home. Because they’re at school. Which means you might have a little more free time on your hands now. If so, consider an outing to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week. Or if you can’t make it during the week, take the whole family this weekend.

In either case, there’s always something going on thanks to the wide selection of ranger-led programs and activities on the schedule. They’re easily accessible, most of them are free, and they’re a terrific way to enhance your outdoor experience and your appreciation for this wonderful natural resource in our own backyard.

Below is just a sampling of some of the things going on here on the Tennessee side of the national park:

Thursday, August 20

On Top of Old Smoky

A ranger will lead you on a hike to the highest peak in the park, where you’ll take in 360-degree views of the region and learn about its unique Canadian Zone environment. You may also hear some history about some of the park’s most influential people or hear stories about the names behind many of the park’s locations. This is a moderate one-mile hike, and it starts at the Clingman’s Dome Visitor Center. It’s a free hike that runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday, August 21

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

During this free program, you’ll learn about one of a wide variety of rotating topics, including re-introduced species, non-native insects, salamanders and the secret lives of bears. It takes place at Sugarlands Visitor Center from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Saturday, August 22

Junior Ranger: Explore Cades Cove

This fun and interactive program is actually great for the whole family and covers everything from the wildlife to the history of one of the park’s most popular destinations. Note, however, that depending on visitation and traffic, it can take as long as an hour or more to travel the six miles from the start of the one-way loop to the Cades Cove Visitor Center, where the program takes place. So adjust your travel time accordingly. The program is free and runs from 1 to 1:45 p.m.

Sunday, August 23

Old-Time Mountain Religion

Head to Smokemont Baptist Church (near the Smokemont Campground entrance) for this free program, during which a ranger tells how old-time mountain religion met the spiritual, social and community needs of the Smokies. Running time is 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Monday, August 24

Cataract Falls Walk

This free stroll starts at Sugarlands Visitor Center and takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A ranger will discuss how the Great Smoky Mountains are a special place to visit in summer, and the topics can range from waterfalls and wildflowers to history and trees.

Want easy access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Next time you plan to visit the area, book a few nights at one of our cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge, TN. Our cabins are convenient to the national park, and they have some pretty grand views of their own.

Rental Cabins Offer An Experience Unlike Other Accommodations

There’s no doubt that anyone planning an overnight stay or longer in the Great Smoky Mountains has seemingly endless options when it comes to choosing accommodations. There are hotels, motels, condos, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds and more – all competing for your lodging dollars.

So this week, we at Timbercreek Cabins are sharing some of the many advantages of choosing to stay in a rental cabin or chalet. This applies to rentals in general, but naturally, we believe our selection of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley and Sevierville cabins is the best you’ll find in the area.

Our inventory of luxury properties ranges from one to five bedrooms, and all our homes go through a thorough approval process before being allowed onto our rental program. And we make sure that all Timbercreek rentals are attractive, high-quality homes with plenty of amenities and conveniences.

But back to the advantages of staying in a rental…

First, cabins just give you more space. When compared to the size of the typical motel room, even our smallest one-bedroom cabins have plenty of space for folks to spread out and breathe. And really, for larger parties, a rental is the only real option. It’s always more fun to have folks under one roof as opposed to lining up in multiple hotel rooms, especially if it’s a reunion or corporate gathering.

Rentals also deliver way more amenities. In a hotel or motel, you might get an ironing board, iron, coffee maker and the like. But few single-room establishments offer guests their own private outdoor hot tub. Or whirlpool tub in the bathroom. Or pool table. Or full kitchen with dining area. Or libraries of board games and DVDs.

And when you stay in an overnight cabin, you get a real sense of being at home. There’s something about being able to pull your car up to your property and park in your own dedicated parking area and have a couch you can plop down onto while watching a little television that can make you feel comfortably settled. But because our cabins are in the Great Smoky Mountains, you can leave that home away from home and in just a few minutes be enjoying all the area’s attractions, shops and restaurants, not to mention the national park.

Cabins can also be more cost-effective. The more people you have sharing a rental, the more you can split the rental cost, and even in cases where it’s just two people, you get so much more for the money you spend, compared to a hotel or motel. And with a full kitchen in all our rentals, you can save money on your trip by stocking up on groceries and doing some cooking instead of dining out every single meal.

Finally, don’t forget about the views. There are some hotels and motels with nice views around here, but so many of our cabins have great mountain and valley views. Even the ones that don’t are usually in private wooded settings where you can truly relax and unwind and enjoy the peacefulness of being in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Cabin Of The Week – Creekside

If you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip, romantic getaway or even just a few peaceful days of relaxation in the Smokies in the next few months, have we got a cabin for you. Say hello to Creekside, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat located just four miles from Pigeon Forge.

This gem of a rental was actually built in the 1930s and as such, conveys authentic log-cabin character. However, when it comes to amenities, Creekside is thoroughly modern. The kitchen has all the conveniences that make life on the road a breeze, including dishwasher and microwave, and for entertainment, you’ll stay connected thanks to high-speed wireless Internet and two cable TVs with VCR and DVD players.

Creekside’s most notable feature, as its name suggests, is its location, adjacent to the babbling waters of Cove Creek. The cabin is right at creek’s edge, and the front deck actually extends out over the water. This makes a great spot for curling up with a good book while the steady mantra of the waters soothes your soul or perhaps for casting a fishing line in search of a mountain trout. Creekside actually boasts multiple decks and footbridges that would make advantageous fishing spots. The surrounding growth of hemlocks and evergreens only add to this cabin’s charms.

Some of the other decks also feature the likes of an outdoor patio seating group and a hot tub, which would make a great place for a relaxing soak after a long day of hiking or visiting attractions and shops. There’s also a charcoal grill, where you could sizzle up your favorite charcoal-cooked goodies, like steak, chicken, ribs or burgers.

For a blend of indoor-outdoor lifestyle, don’t miss out on the huge screened-in porch, which boasts multiple chairs and a picnic table. This makes a great spot for an al fresco meal (of sorts) or enjoying the breezes and sounds of nature without being exposed to the insect world.

Creekside’s interior features include a modern bathroom, stone wood-burning fireplace with brick hearth, central heat and air, an overstuffed couch that also serves as a sleeper sofa, a love seat and a king bedroom with TV/DVD player and log-and-chinking wall construction.

Overall the atmosphere is a pleasing one, thanks in large part to an Adirondack fishing motif, honey-colored knotty pine floors and cozy layout. Of course, you can’t beat the sound of the creek cascading over the rocks just outside your windows.

Creekside’s proximity to Pigeon Forge makes it one of our more unique cabins in Gatlinburg, TN and Pigeon Forge, TN. It has a remote, secluded feel but is still close to all the things you can do that help make a vacation a memorable one. Gatlinburg and Sevierville are just a few miles south and north (respectively) of Pigeon Forge, so the entire Smokies area is practically at your fingertips. If you want to access Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you’ll find a convenient entrance in Wears Valley, which is very close to the cabin.

7 Places To Find The Best Views In The Smokies

People enjoy coming to the Smokies for things like attractions, shows and outlet mall shopping. But if it weren’t for the Great Smoky Mountains themselves, none of those other things would exist. After all, it’s the mountains that have been attracting visitors to this area for decades.

The challenge sometimes is finding the places that will give you the best views of the mountains. So if you’re staying in one of our Pigeon Forge cabins in the near future, consider one or more of the following suggestions for places to enjoy the beauty of the Smokies at their grandest.

  1. From A Mountaintop

Sometimes, the best views of the mountains are afforded from the top of a mountain. For example, a hike to the peak of the Chimney Tops, (the trail begins just off Newfound Gap Road in the national park) gives you majestically high but up-close views of several nearby mountains. Similarly, if you make the trek all the way to the top of Mt. LeConte, there are offshoot trails near the summit that lead you to vantage points offering stunning easterly and westerly views. It’s a unique way to watch a sunrise or sunset if you’re staying at LeConte Lodge. And don’t forget about the Clingman’s Dome observation tower on Newfound Gap Road. It’s a short hike with a big payoff.

  1. Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

Even if you don’t plan to visit the Ober Gatlinburg attraction, the ride to the top of Mt. Harrison on their Aerial Tramway is quite an experience. You’ll get great views of the mountains surrounding Gatlinburg, and traveling in a suspended gondola car is pretty fun too. If you do stay for the attractions up top, you can also enjoy long-range views from Ober Gatlinburg’s chairlift attraction.

  1. Foothills Parkway

There are several partial segments of this scenic drive that stretch for miles through Sevier and Blount counties. No matter which route you choose, you’ll pass a number of automobile pull-offs where you can park your car, stare out across the vast miles and get some great photographs in the process. One particularly scenic but also handy viewing area is the Look Rock observation tower, located along the stretch of Foothills Parkway that begins on U.S. Hwy. 321 between Maryville and Townsend, TN.

  1. Cherohala Skyway

Much like Foothills Parkway, this scenic autoroute has multiple pull-offs for roadside gawking. The Skyway begins in Tellico Plains, TN, which is accessible via Madisonville, TN. The route ends in North Carolina.

  1. Gatlinburg Space Needle

Just take the elevator to the top of this 407-foot-tall observation tower in downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy 360-degree views of the town and the nearby Great Smoky Mountains.

  1. Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

This giant Ferris Wheel can be found at The Island development in Pigeon Forge. This anchor attraction at The Island takes passengers up to 200 feet above the city in climate-controlled gondola cars for year-round enjoyment. From the top, you can see the expanse of the Smokies to the south and all the way up to Sevierville and beyond to the north.

  1. Helicopter Tours

Sevierville is home to a couple of helicopter tour operators that offer a wide range of packages at multiple price points. Rides can last from just a few minutes all the way to hours-long tours that cover up to 100 miles. Along the way, you can see sites that include the mountains, the national park, Gatlinburg, Wears Valley and Douglas Lake.