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  • Writer's pictureNewell Collins

Gatlinburg just a Mountain or 2 Away

Gatlinburg (including Pigeon Forge and Sevierville) Day tripping was a popular song in 1965 but today day tripping takes on a whole new connotation! A trip to the Gatlinburg area (from Murphy) means a gorgeous drive thru Great Smokey Mountains National Park! It is one of the most beautiful drives in the area. While crossing Rt 441 plan to stop at the highest point at 6643ft at Clingmans Dome!link This view will change your life with its stunning beauty! And be sure to stop at the park headquarters for lots of info about the area. Now on to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville!

Cades Cove link

This is an 11 mile loop thru an absolutely beautiful and peaceful area. You can usually see deer and maybe a bear! This site has just a ton of information! History, waterfalls and wildlife! And you don’t have to get out of your car to enjoy this trip! But you could spend the entire day exploring the area too!

Gatlinburg! link

This sight has tons of things to do in Gatlinburg and the surrounding area. There are several moonshine distilleries and places to taste the flavor of the area!

Dollywood Stampede link

Cliché as it might be, this is fun for the whole family! Dinner and a patriotic show with horses and fireworks! It’s the real Southern deal!

All Things Dollywood link

Click here for just that: all things happening at Dollywood! And it’s a bunch! From the theme park to the water park to the dinner shows! They are all on this site.

Ripleys! Believe it Or NOT link

This place kind of speaks for itself! Click on the link and check it out!

Ober Gatlinburg Snow skiing, snowboarding, an aerial tram, ice skating, and a SKI MOUNTAIN COASTER! Fun in the winter and in the summer days. The tram looks like an event in itself. Just for the record: I'm not doing it!

Sugarlands link

Stop in and have a tasting! So many flavors you won’t know what to take home with you! This is not just clear moonshine like you see being made on the TV show, this is many flavors and recipes to choose from! Peach, blueberry muffin, and butter pecan to just name a few! There’s something for everyone, over 21 mine you...

Visit Sevierville! link

Pigeon Forge/ Dollywood/Sevierville, all offer an almost unlimited number of things to do and see. I could do reams of paper on Dollywood and the surrounding area. This site lists quite a few choices! We will highlight a few for you.

Arenaline Park link

This is family fun! Zip lines, boats, and a sky bridge! All ages will enjoy this place but I would recommend it for teenagers! Looks like a blast!

Forbidden cavern link

A hot summer day would be ideal for a visit to these caverns! Its 58 degrees year round! Again, great for the family including the grandparents!

I’m going here next time we travel to that area! This could be the experience of a lifetime! Check out all the different tracks! Something for all levels of skill!

Rain forest Zoo link

A reptile of a different color! With lots to see here and at a reasonable fare, kids and adults could learn about and see some exotic wildlife!

Anakeesta link

I checked this out and it looks pretty cool! You can choose high adventure or a leisurely stroll on the elevated sky bridges. They also have gem mining and will have a single rail mountain coaster!

The Gatlinburg area truly offers something for everyone. I firmly believe that the journey is part of the adventure! So enjoy driving to, and coming home from, the Gatlinburg area. The views are, as always, stunningly beautiful. Take time to pull off the road in designated places, and enjoy that view. Mountain Time is different. Folks here take things at a slower pace. Take the time to breathe in that fresh mountain air. Let your soul be renewed by the mountains in and around the Murphy area, because we are: 2 hours from everywhere.

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