Attractions, Gatlinburg, Shopping

Anakeesta

Anakeesta-Chondola-in-Gatlinburg-TN-5From the Parkway a gondola carries you up to the top of Anakeesta Mountain, where Firefly Village, zip lining a mountain coaster, shops and a playground awaits youChondola-with-Rainbow-on-Opening-Day-300x225.  The gondola does stop to let people on and off.  There could be a wait to take a gondola back down the mountain.  You can also take ski lift chairs which are quicker than the gondola.  Can be an extremely long wait during busy times.  I believe it opens at 10 AM.  There is a great view of the city and the mountains. Bring a coat for the chFirefly-Village-with-Rainbow-300x225air lift.

https://www.anakeesta.com/

 

Attractions, Entertainment

The Escape Game – Pigeon Forge

 

If you like to do puzzles and are up for a challenge I would highly recomThe Escape Game - Pigeon Forge, TN, United Statesmend this game.  Groups all work together to figure out the clues.  The staff is very friendly and helpful.  Don’t be afraid to ask them questions during the game too.  You may be paired with other groups if you have a small group.  Make your reservations in advanced and early.  If you don’t want to be with a lot of other people, perhaps doing an early escape room would work.

There are times you have to think out of the box.  Don’t be shy, every recommendation should be considered.  Leave no rock unturned.

The Island in Pigeon Forge

http://theescapegamepigeonforge.com/

112 Reagan Drive, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

http://thecaptured.com/

 

Hiking

Hiking Tour Guides

Great Smoky Mountain National Park Entrance in Gatlinburg
Great Smoky Mountain National Park Entrance in Gatlinburg

A Walk in the Woods tour guides

The staff are very knowledgeable and will gear their walk to your interests.  You will enjoy botany and biology lessons the whole way along. Hopefully you will learn a great deal from your time on the hikes. You won’t be disappointed in the experience and amazing nuances! This is so educational and the guides are willing to share amazing historical and native stories about our Great Smoky Mountains.

There are group tours and individual tours.  The “personalized” tours are amazing. There are all different hikes and levels.  For example, there are Half Day hikes with a moderate level. The guide will explain a few things about the hike. They may also provide you with a walking stick. You will get to stop for a snack half way into the tour.

Some of the paths ,can be a little bit tough but it will absolutely be worth it and beautiful.  It will be challenging and rewarding at the same time.

The company is knowledgeable and so passionate about what they do. The guides have so much information to share that you will feel that you don’t even exhaust their things to talk about.

http://awalkinthewoods.com/

Entertainment, Parks

Bluff Mountain Adventures ATV Rides

ATV rideATV Mountain Biking is probably something that you don’t normally do. Why not do it in the Smoky Mountains.  You may also choose to ride the Rhino if you don’t want to ride alone. There is also something called a side by side.

There are 6,000 acres of privately owned land with endless, challenging trails spread throughout. You will ride very nice ATVs over an array of challenging and fun terrain. You will go up hills so steep an ATV can’t make it up unless it’s in 4-wheel drive. You get to ride over very rough rocky patches, through creeks, through deep puddles. The lookouts give you an unbelievable view.

There are several rides to choose from.  Make sure you take the mountain View ride (1 1/2 hour – 2 overlooks) if you want to see some great views.  Ask at the check in about your options.  You will need to call for times.  Go on a clear day.  You will be stopping and taking pictures as well as riding through the wooded terrain.

You must be 16 to ride the ATVs unless you take the one hour tour (which doesn’t go to the overlooks).  The ride never goes over 15-20 MPH.  Most of the ride is about 10MPH.  So, may not be for the more experienced driver.  The guides are great and will help you with your equipment, safety, training, etc..

Don’t forget to wear closed toed shoes.  A scull rag or handkerchief might be nice to put under the helmets they give you. Also wear some old clothes.  Your clothes may get muddy.  You may want to put your camera and cell phone in a plastic bag.  There is a height requirement.  Go early in the morning or you may have to wait.  You may want to bring a bottle of water.

Website:  http://bluffmountainadventures.com/

Address to ticket office:  2186 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Phone:  865-428-7711

Staying Active

Mountain Biking in Gatlinburg TN

climb-worksAny age, any level of rider could ride Climbworks Gatlinburg Mountain Biking Course. It’s built for everyone to enjoy.

The bikes are well maintained, and great models for general riders.

The trail is well laid out, can be fun for experienced riders, but very doable for beginners.

The uphill is a gradual climb (about a half a mile uphill), and before you realize it, you are at the top ready for the intense ride down. It’s well designed with many banked corners for maximum speed. The best part is the wooden loop that you think is at the bottom; however, there are still some intense curves that await you after that.

The loop is well designed for newcomers and experienced riders alike. Your speed determines how technical your ride will be and the track is nice and wide, with very few snags or rocks to trip you up. It was obvious how much thought went into creating the loop and the wooden spiral burm is a blast.

Staff are all very friendly.  They have plans to buy surrounding land and expand their biking. Well worth checking out if you’re in the area and need to bike, or just want to try it. The current loop is just shy of 2 miles long.

There website says you do not need to be in shape.  But, this is 3.5 -4 hours of mountain biking.  You definitely need coordination.

 

http://www.climbworks.com/smoky_mountains/mountain_biking#tab/pricing

865-325-8116