GATLINBURG (press release)—More than 11 million people come every year from all over the world to vacation in this town surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the nation. Just pick one of the three park entrances downtown to embark on an epic outdoor adventure. Hike to clean, crystal waterfalls, climb rugged rock faces and fish in clear mountain streams. You also can cruise along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail to hear the rushing water, see breathtaking views and visit historic sites. The park includes some of the highest elevations along the Appalachian Trail at more than 6,000 feet.
For tamer adventures, take advantage of the trolley system, or enjoy the walkable downtown as well as its Parkway and River Road. Stop in the many downtown shops. Among the shopping options is The Village with old-world appeal and 27 unique stores, eateries and galleries. Gatlinburg is known for its fine crafts, handmade by accomplished artisans. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans, delights visitors on Gatlinburg’s eight-mile Arts and Crafts Loop. The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is the legendary heart of the crafts community.
Enjoy winter season downhill skiing and snowboarding along with year-round ice skating, an aerial tram, animal habitats and arcades at Ober Gatlinburg. Explore Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and other attractions and museums, shop at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery or a local winery. Take advantage of the nightlife and live music and theater productions. Stay in a riverside motel, a secluded cabin or chalet for a memory to take home.