Here at 'Cabins in the Clouds', we have tried to compile a list of attractions and things to do in the area. It would truly be impossible to list all of the attractions and activities in the area. Here are a few attractions.
Soar over us’ most iconic locations
SkyFly: Soar America is a Dynamic Attraction flying theater where guests will experience a feeling of flight as they soar over some of the most iconic locations in the United States in this fully immersive experience! From the moment guests enter the building, surprises await to set the scene for what comes next!
We have done something similar to this at Disney and it was awesome, so I am looking forward to going to this attraction. They just opened this Friday, so if anyone has done this we would love your feedback.
131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast – a locally owned and operated restaurant.
We opened in July of 2014 and have acquired a large local following as well as rave reviews on Trip Advisor and Yelp. We serve a variety of Breakfast foods including Crepes, Belgium Waffles, Made from Scratch Pancakes, syrups and compotes. We have freshly whipped butter that melts easily over the waffles and pancakes covered in our warm homemade syrups. For lunch we offer a selection of Burgers, sandwiches, salads, and as always you can have Breakfast all Day long.
The restaurant is only open from 8AM – 2PM, but we are usually the type who like breakfast at 11AM. I loved the variety of homemade options. You can't go wrong here. Highly recommended!
2831 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
In 1908, A.J. Bush started his modest little cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this was the humble beginning of Bush's Beans.
In 1969, we stumbled across a new way to prepare our beans that would change our world forever. Simmering navy beans in a Secret Family Recipe, our Baked Beans would get world-famous when A.J. Bush's great-grandson Jay Bush – and his ol' pal Duke – uttered those five inimitable words: "Roll that beautiful bean footage."
And we've been rolling it ever since. Celebrating the beauty of the bean at every turn. Finding new ways to transform it. New flavors, new products, new bean dreams.
There is so much to see and do at Bush’s Visitor Center!
• See the Bush’s Theater, featuring Jay Bush and his dog Duke.
• Take a walk through a giant can of Bush’s Baked Beans, showing the bean’s journey from beginning to end.
• Have your picture taken with Duke.
• Learn about the original canning process in 1908.
• View how Bush Brothers & Co have changed with the times for their customers and their community.
• Sit down and relax and enjoy a variety of homemade dishes. Southern specialties and even bean desserts!
• In the Old-Fashioned General Store you can buy goodies, gifts, souvenirs and Bush’s products. Plenty of assorted candy and Jay & Duke memorabilia.
3901 US Highway 411, Dandridge, TN 37725
Regular Hours (First Monday in April until the last Saturday in December)
Monday through Saturday
• Café: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
• Store: 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
• Museum: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
• Theatre Shows, 10:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. (every 30 minutes)
Seasonal Hours (First Monday in January until the First Monday in April)
Monday through Saturday
• Café: 11 a.m. — 3 p.m.
• Store: 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
• Museum: 10 a.m. — 3 p.m.
• Theatre Shows, 10:30 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. (every 30 minutes)
The summer months are a wonderful time to explore all of the scenic trails throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! You will find longer days of sunshine, plenty of available trail options, and fantastic weather! It is warm and sunny during the day, and old-growth forests provide shade on especially hot days! If you do happen to experience a heatwave while you are in the Smokies, there are plenty of ways to keep cool! Here are the top 4 ways to beat the heat for summer hiking in the Smoky Mountains:
1. Get an Early Start on the Trails
One of the best ways to beat the heat for summer hiking in the Smoky Mountains is to get an early start on the trails! The sun rises in the Smokies anywhere from 6:15 AM to 7:00 AM, so rise and shine for a morning hiking adventure! When you get an early start, you can take advantage of lower temperatures and be back to your accommodations in time for an afternoon nap! As a bonus, the hiking trails are generally much less crowded in the early morning so you can enjoy walking at your own pace!
2. Bring Plenty of Water
When setting off on a summer hike in the Smoky Mountains, it is especially important to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated! Even if you are hiking on shaded trails, the humidity can cause you to quickly become dehydrated as your body works to cool itself off. While you might not feel thirsty during your entire trek, you should continuously take small sips of water since there is a limitation on how much water the body can absorb at once. You could still be slightly dehydrated after finishing your hike, so it is essential to keep drinking for a couple of hours after you finish.
3. Wear the Right Clothing and Footwear
Another top way to beat the heat for summer hiking in the Smoky Mountains is to wear the right clothing and footwear! You will want to select a base layer and hiking pants that are thin and dry quickly as you will be constantly sweating throughout your journey. While it may be tempting to wear hiking shorts, keep in mind that long pants offer better protection against potential insect bites and abrasive vegetation. As far as footwear goes, wear a pair of lightweight and breathable hiking shoes or boots. Finally, don't forget to wear a good sun hat to protect yourself from the sun!
4. Seek Out Trails with Waterfalls and Swimming Holes
The great thing about hiking in the Smoky Mountains is that there are plenty of trails with waterfalls and swimming holes to cool you off! Some of the best Smoky Mountain trails with waterfalls include Ramsey Cascades, Laurel Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Baskins Creek Falls. The mist from the falls can help cool you down. When it comes to swimming holes, don't miss the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area where you will find easy access to the Little River and several shallow places to swim. The Greenbrier area of the national park is another great summer hiking destination as you will find various swimming holes along the Little Pigeon River to help cool you off!
Fresh seafood & handcrafted microbrews
Chesapeake's offers fresh seafood that's sourced daily, local, handcrafted microbrews, and USDA choice and prime-graded beef. Conveniently located, this location has fantastic views of the river and features a raw bar and a heated patio for outdoor dining.
If you are looking for an upscale restaurant for a special occasion and you love seafood, this is the place for you. Great atmosphere and service; the seafood is shipped in every day so it is very fresh. Chesapeake's is only open for lunch on the weekends. Reservations accepted. These guys know what they are doing!
437 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Monday – Thursday 4-10:30 PM
Friday 4-11:00 PM
Saturday 12-11:00 PM
Sunday 11AM – 10:30 PM
Fun and laid back Irish pub
The Roaming Gnome Pub & Eatery is a unique Sevierville restaurant. This laidback pub offers a full menu until 2 a.m. every day! It's a great place to watch your favorite sports team play while you enjoy one of their famous burgers, a sandwich, tacos, pizza, and so much more.
If you're feeling really hungry, try the Shepard's Pie, blended beef and vegetables infused with Guinness gravy and topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. This restaurant also has live music and karaoke throughout the week, so you're in for both great food and great entertainment!
202 Collier Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862
mill square complex
The Old Mill is situated in a little complex called "Mill Square". The complex has two country cooking eateries plus pottery, candy & toy shops. This mill still is in operation and grinds its own cornmeal and flour.
hungry? this is the place for you!
For dinner, the food is served family style and they serve plenty of it. Most meals were just under $20.00 and that included salad, soup, corn fritters, your main course and desert (you might have to take some home for lunch the next day). Too much food to get dessert? You can get it to go!
Our waiter said everything is good, but he reccommended anything off the grill, so I ordered pork chops, while my wife ordered turkey and stuffing. On our last visit, we tried the pork chops, the turkey and stuffing and meatloaf – everything was excellent! We can’t wait to go back!
Take out is available too! Highly recommended!
Oh, and don't forget the moonshine tasting next door – you can sample it as an appetizer!
164 Old Mill Ave,
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
fun for the whole family
There is fun for the whole family at The Track Family Fun Park & Arcade! You’ll find multiple go-kart tracks, blaster boats, Kids Country rides, an arcade, and more. The Track's signature attraction is the elevated, multi-level Wild Woody go-kart track, where drivers race up three and a half stories and then circle back down with an exciting drop at the bottom.
The whole family can enjoy racing on the Family Track, Kiddie Karts and Rookie Track as well. Be sure to take a spin on the Blaster Boats for serious fun on the water or try to escape bump-free on the Bumper Cars. Challenge each other to a round of Miniature Golf to see who can get the first hole in one. Children love riding rides in Kids Country – a special place designed just for them. Enjoy rides such as the Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Planes, Spin Tops, Train, Swings and more.
Visit The Track's signature arcade – Fat Daddy's Arcade – to enjoy countless games and incredible prizes. Enjoy interactive games like The Walking Dead, Jurassic Park and Fruit Ninja, or test your skills at Monster Drop Chaos, The Wizard of Oz, Skee Ball, Hoops and more.
There are two convenient locations for The Track in Pigeon Forge – one near The Island and one near Dolly Parton's Stampede. Rides vary depending on the park. For more information on each location, visit http://www.funatthetrack.com.
2575 Parkway (Traffic Light #3)
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
southern cooking and hospitality
Keeping in the tradition of Dr. John and Blanche Ogle, Five Oaks Farm Kitchen welcomes friends and neighbors looking for Southern cooking and hospitality. Here we treat you like family and invite you back when you take a notion.
Dr. John and Blanche Ogle legacy and lore date back to String Town in the 1920s. When Sevier County was known as an agriculture community, before the dedication of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hospitality was in the Ogle's DNA.
While Dr. John spent his days traveling on horseback attending to his patients, Blanche filled her days caring for their children on the farm. Together they raised four children in their farmhouse which frequently opened its doors to visiting friends and family.
Their hospitality was known throughout the county and their home was filled with laughter, love and the pleasant aromas of down-home cooking.
For some reason we have only done breakfast here, but, boy, was it good!
The French toast, omelets and farmhouse tenant favorite for all you meal lovers they are all great.
1638 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862
Where Is Sevierville TN?
People that come visit the area have never heard of Sevierville, let alone pronounce it. No worries, the truth is many who visit don't even realize they are in Sevierville! This small town is next to Pigeon Forge, often getting overshadowed by all the popular attractions in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. However, Sevierville has just as many exciting things to do and explore. Sevierville is only about an 8-minute drive from Pigeon Forge, and 14 miles from Gatlinburg. It's not hard to find! If you hear your cabin or property is in Sevierville and think "I wanted Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg" don't worry, you are in the right place.
1. Sevierville Was Named After Governor John Sevier
Sevierville and Sevier County both take their name from John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee. A native of Virginia, Sevier first came to prominence during the Revolutionary War, when he led the Overmountain Men to victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain. After serving as brigadier general of the Southwest Territory, John Sevier was elected governor of the newly formed state of Tennessee, a position he held for six terms. Sevier is also famous for his bitter rivalry with Andrew Jackson, a feud that nearly culminated in a duel in 1803!
2. Dolly Parton Is Sevierville's Favorite Daughter
Dolly Parton is undeniably Sevierville's most famous resident. Born in 1946, the fourth of twelve children, Dolly was raised in a two-room cabin in Locust Ridge. As a child, Parton performed on local radio and TV shows in nearby Knoxville. After graduating from high school, Dolly moved to Nashville where she launched an incredible career in country music that has spanned five decades. Despite her success, Parton never forgot where she came from and has helped make her hometown the popular vacation destination it is today. As a way of saying thank you, the city of Sevierville erected a statue in Dolly's honor in front of the Sevier County Courthouse in 1987.
3. Sevierville Was Once Part Of "The Lost State Of Franklin"
Before Tennessee existed, Sevier County briefly formed part of "The Lost State of Franklin." Named after Benjamin Franklin, this territory in modern-day Northeast Tennessee petitioned Congress to become America's 14th state in 1785. When their bid for statehood was rejected, Franklin thumbed its nose at the federal government and essentially became an autonomous nation with its own constitution and court system.
John Sevier served as Franklin's governor, where he earned an annual salary of 1,000 deer skins, as the state had no paper or coin currency. The experiment in self-rule ended in 1788 after North Carolina re-assumed control of the region. The new state of Tennessee was admitted to the Union in 1796.
4. The Lodge At Five Oaks Has Deep Roots In Sevierville
The Lodge at Five Oaks has its origins in 1925 when Dr. John W. Ogle and his wife Blanche purchased around 128 acres in Sevierville. They named their farm "Five Oaks" after the five small oak trees that John planted in the front yard. Dr. Ogle traveled to most of his patients on horseback, so he wanted a home that was near the center of Sevier County. The Ogles' estate was famous for its beautiful farm house, Tennessee Walking Horses, and welcoming atmosphere.
5. Sevierville Supported The Union During The Civil War
The Civil War was the most trying time in the history of Sevierville TN. Although Tennessee had joined the Confederacy in 1861, the Smoky Mountain area was a bastion of abolitionist and pro-Union sentiment. In fact, Sevierville was home to a relatively large community of free African Americans. During the war, the residents of Sevierville suffered from frequent looting, harassment, and confiscation of property at the hands of both Union and Confederate troops.