The Island in Pigeon Forge
Activities and adventures
White Water Rafting
Foothills Parkway – the most scenic drive!
Originally approved by Congress in 1944, the Foothills Parkway was envisioned as a 72-mile route from Chilhowee Lake to Cosby. In the late 1960s, portions of the Foothills Parkway were completed: a 17- mile section between US 129 and Walland, and on the eastern end, a 5.5-mile section connecting Cosby with Interstate 40. Keep Reading
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - A scenic drive in the Smokies
While many visitors to the Smoky Mountains know and love driving the Cades Cove loop, there’s another motor nature trail that’s worth exploring, the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Located just minutes from Gatlinburg, this beautiful scenic drive is full of history and exciting sights to see! Keep Reading
Cades Cove - wildlife and historic places
Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bears, coyotes, groundhogs, turkeys, raccoons, skunks, and other animals are also possible. An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Stop and visit the historic structures of the early settlers. Vehicle-free access along the Cades Cove Loop Road takes place each Wednesday, from May 3 through September 27, 2023. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round.
Arts and Crafts of Gatlinburg