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Gatlinburg TN

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Louisville Glocker, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. phil evans

    phil evans

    May 26, 2006
    austin tx
    everybody must try the pan cake place.
    do not know the name but look around mid town for the line way out the door till 10:30am. line moves ok.
  2. Just got back from Gatlinburg with the wife (we stopped there for a few nights on the way back from FL). We have been there numerous times. Saturday is a pretty busy day--avoid that day if possible. Like others have said, parking and driving within Gatlinburg is not fun. There are a few lots where you can pay to park. We stay on the Gatlinburg "strip", leave our car parked at the motel and just walk--the place is kind of designed for that.

    Smoky Mtn Knife Works is a MUST see (it is quite a distance north of Gatlinburg, go to it on your way home). I would allow 2-3 hrs to walk thru it on your first visit. There is also a HUGE kitchen knife and gadget area on the bottom floor of SMKW.

    Cops are writing tons of speeding tickets just outside of SMKW because they are working on the road and it's a construction zone w/ a lowered speed limit.

    Enjoy your trip!


  3. deerslayer01


    Jan 29, 2013
    SW Virginia
    Applewood, Nascar Park and Cade's Cove. There are also a bunch of hiking trails to see. Take the motor loop above Gatlinburg. I almost always see a bear during that trip.
  4. Txnowtn


    Apr 5, 2004
    Sevierville TN
    You mentioned shooting ranges - is the place to go.

    As previously said - Smoky Mtn Knife Works is a must see. It's about 3 miles from I-40 exit 407.

    Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg is where they line up out the door. Plenty of other good breakfast joints there, too.

    Mexican - No Way Joses is about the best. It's in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

    Seafood - not a lot of choices. Bubba Gump in Gatinburg is fun.

    Chinese - forget it. Same crappy buffets you find in any town in America.

    BBQ - not as much good stuff as you would expect. Calhouns may be best (Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge)

    Steak - if you care to drive about 25 miles from Gat, there is a terrific road house style place called Ye Olde Steakhouse. It's between Knoxville and Sevierville on Chapman Highway. Excellent food, moderate prices, come-as-you-are dress.

    Scenic - motor loop trail near Gat is closed in winter.
  5. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

    Jul 20, 1999

    Best pancakes I've ever had.
  6. whoflungdo


    Jul 15, 2008
    All Great Ideas.

    You need to take your son. Outside of the SMKW store is a little shack where you can make your own knife under the tutelage of a Smith. Kinda pricey, but both my son and daughter had a blast making knives..
  7. whoflungdo


    Jul 15, 2008
  8. Wife and I just got back last week.

    We went and stayed in Sieverville mainly just to get away. Neither of us were interested in the touristy crap Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge had to offer.

    Gatlinburg is a nightmare, and we were there during the slow season. No parking, don't even think about going to the Old Smokey Moonshine place for a sampling, the line was out the door. We got lucky and parked behind the Brewery and stumbled down the road after a few beers.

    We ate and tried beer at the Smokey Mtn Brewery in both cities. Beer is pretty good, and the food is about the same. the pretzels with beer mustard are great.

    About the only other store was the Apple Barn, got some good apple butter BBQ sauce, and some other crap.

    The drive to and through Cades Cove is great, until you are behind some idiot from Jersey that doesn't understand what the signs that say "Pull over and let others pass" if you want to point at and look at the deer in the field.

    We mainly chilled and went for a hike each day. Laurel falls is a nice little trek.

    Beautiful country up there. I wish Florida had that kind of scenery.

    Mafia Pizza on Upper Middle Creek road has really good NY style pies.
  9. Nobody ever goes there anymore it's too crowded.

    Dress warm it can get quite cold there this time of year. The towns around the park are a little too touristy for me. The great outdoors within the park are wonderful. Be sure and take in Cades Cove. The Smokies are a paradise for hikers.
  10. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    I believe there is some factory outlet store shopping nearby.
  11. Txnowtn


    Apr 5, 2004
    Sevierville TN
    Some? We get about 13 million tourists here each year. Vast majority only come for shopping, never set foot in the National Park.
  12. I would prefer the east side of the park, over in North Carolina. What's the point of going to to a National Park that is this beautiful, without getting outdoors?
  13. OGW


    Aug 23, 2004
    N.W. Lower Michigan
    It's beautiful where I live, all manner of great outdoors stuff to do. More than once I've heard the comment from downstate visitors that "there's no good shopping around here." Well, no schitt, it's woods and rivers and lakes, not malls.
  14. I hate shopping, and I thought the outlet mall was nice. Got several things I needed for 70-80% off.
  15. dpadams6


    Jan 5, 2010
    I go down there every year. Love the mountains. If they're open now, you must try the zip lining. Did it last year and was a total blast. White water rafting in the summer. Stop along the back roads and get yourself some barbeque too.
  16. Louisville Glocker

    Louisville Glocker Urban Redneck

    Dec 17, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    Hey ya'll,
    Thanks for all the tips. Woke up to an amazing view of the smokies, got some good breakfast, hit Cooters, drove up to the Appalachian trail, the gap where TN and NC come togethere, making a few stops at a few hiking places along the way. Great pix. Came back to the cabin to rest up a bit. Then had dinner at the Smoky Mtn. Brewery, along with some walking with the crowds down on the main drag. Oh yeah, stopped for some samples at the distillery. The girl got a bottle of the tastiest one. And with plenty of relaxing play time in the cabin with the gf, it has been an awesome trip so far. Took pix of me in front of the General Lee for my Dukes buddy up in Wisconsin (he's jealous). We've got another full day tomorrow....supposed to be sunny and pretty warm. Definitely, will get some more hiking in, and will make it to the knife store (my gf has been there before, she said it is cool).

    Again, thanks for all the input and feedback. It helped!
  17. Go through the park, across Newfound Gap to Cherokee NC if you are interested in casino gambling and/or Indian history and culture. Check carry rules.

    Go into the park from Gatlinburg, turn right at the visitor center and go to Cade's Cove which is somewhat representative of pre-park mountain life. You can come back through Townsend and across Happy Valley Road - a drive best enjoyed in daylight.

    There is a driving trail "Roaring Fork Road" I believe out of Gatlinburg. Nice little way road...past little mill and farmsteads. Ask where it is. I can find it but can't describe how to get there. I've seen bears along this.

    Mid-winter should be relatively quiet with few tourists.

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  18. Louisville Glocker

    Louisville Glocker Urban Redneck

    Dec 17, 2010
    Louisville, KY
    I figure I'll post a couple of pix, even though I don't usually do that here.




    View from porch in morning....


    And yes, I was armed throughout (G26, Speer Gold Dots). The only place that had a no guns sign during the trip was the National Park Visitors Center.

    Great trip overall. Touristy stuff was ok for a few hours. Outdoors was great. And Cabin time with the girl was even better. As Arnie says, I'll be back.

    And yeah, that is my girl's bad ride, Mustang convertible. It was warm on Sunday, so we put the top down and Cade's Cove for the drive back to the cabin. Very fun.

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2013
  19. 686Owner

    686Owner NRA Life Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    We always hit Cade's Cove too. It sickens me to see the cabins vandalized like they have been "Joe was here" etc.

    My family name is on some of the Cabins and headstones in Cade's Cove. Distant cousins it seems although I'm not sure if I traced my ancestry correctly.
  20. Pancake Pantry I believe...

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