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Old 06-04-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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HI, I am getting ready to take a trip for a week to the area. Just looking for imput on things to do and places to go. Went last year and had a really good time. Looking for suggestions on nice places to visit near any of this area and in the mountains. Also and nice places to eat (local places) in or out of town. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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Twin Creeks in Gatlinburg is a mile from downtown with trolley service just outside the park. There are many good places to eat in the area. Clint's outside of Sieverville has excellent bbq. I also highly recommend the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille in Pigeon Forge....especially lunch. If you stay at Twin Creeks, ask the people there where to eat and where NOT to eat. happy trails!
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I forgot to mention driving through Cades Cove at dusk may allow you to see deer, turkey, and may be bear or two. Roaring fork nature trail is also excellent at dusk. There are many back roads to drive and enough to keep you as busy as you want. Enjoy!
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Hi, We like to go to Pigeon Forge and there is a lot to do including the shows that are in Pigeon forge including the dixie stampede, country tonight and the bear jamboree.
There is also Dollywood which is super including the splash country. There are also shows within the park.
You can naturally drive through the Great Smoky Mtn Nat'l park and do some hiking. You can drive to Townsend and explore that town which has a few nice shops and bike trails.
As for eating out which we seldom do we like the Partridge and Pear restaurant by the Christmas Shop.
I don't know if you picked a campground yet but we like CreeksideRV Park ( Passport America park) and Kings Holly Haven but there are quite a few on Rt 321.
We think PF is a great place to enjoy some relaxing time and to do whatever you have a mind to.

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Hi Flagstaff206,
Two good places to eat are:
Bullfish - about 1/2 mile from the Titanic when going south on the parkway (the Titanic will be on your right if you are going south). Bullfish will be on your left about 1/2 mile from the Titanic, when going south on the Parkway.

Clint's - Take the Parkway into Sevierville. When you come to Main Street (RT 411) turn right (North). Go 6 to 6 1/2 miles. Clint's will be on your left. If you'd like to hear local bands play while you eat, call 865-453-5150 to see when there will be music.

Don't know where you are staying so the right and left turns could be different.

About 1/4 mile from the Titanic is the Smoky Mountain Opry. This is the highest quality show in the area. Dare I say Broadway quality. When you purchase tickets for the Opry, you can "bundle" several shows at a discounted price.

As previously posted the Great Smoky Mountain NP is available. My recommendations are:
1. Clingman's Dome - It is quite a hike to get there. All paved trail, short distance but steep. There is quite a view as your reward.
2. Cades Cove - Day trip. Get the map so you'll know where to stop and what to see.

The GSMNP visitors center can provide all the information you need.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the imput. Especially the restraunt reccomendations. We do most of our cooking too, but usually like to go out one night. We will be staying at Foothills Rv Park in PF. Stayed there last year and really enjoyed it and would HIGHLY reccomend it. Any bother areas of the mountains to visit other than the usual clingsmans dome, cades cove etc. any hiking especially to waterfalls you can reccomend. Any body know if the visitors center has trail maps like the ones you can buy online. been in there 100000000 times and can't remember. Thanaks Alot for the help
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Hi Flagstaff206,
The GSMNP visitors center does have trail maps.
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Were staying 9 nights in the park and 3 nights at Camping in the Smoky's campground just east of Gatlinburg on the trolley route. Are there Amy places to by topo maps I have the park trail map , but a topo is more helpful. I plan to hike from Clingman Dome to the Elkmnot campground.
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We go every year to the area. Favorite campground River Plantation. Favorite place to eat The Peddler east end of Gatlinburg on the river. I agree with others, there are many very nice campgrounds and places to eat in the area.
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Eagles Nest is a Passport America park 50% off. Trolley right outside C/G. Also if going to Dollywood can go in one day after 3pm and next day is free. Park at Patriots park in town and take trolley to Dollywood saves on the parking fee. If you like 50`s diner eat at Mel`s wear valley road.
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Pick up a bucket of chicken or BBQ and head to Cades Cove late afternoon and wait for sunset!
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Rgvtexan, great idea. Thanks everybody for the suggestions.
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Where is the best spot to view the sunset at Cades Cove?

One other ? On my Gatlinburg Vacation guide it says to enter Gatlinburg from the north (Knoxville) to take I-40 east out of Knoxsville to route 321 exit 435 and take that into Gatlinburg. Why are they saying to go all the way over to 321. It appears route 66 exit 407 would be more of a straight shot. We will be arriving on Monday afternoon.
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Old 06-11-2012, 06:30 AM   #14
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I would check a map for directions and go the way I feel comfortable with. Directions from internet or gps are not always the best for you. Last time I came into pf via 411 I believe and went home via the parkway through gatlinburg. This time I am going via the parkway. I will be arriving the 22nd and leaving the 29th.
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