Food, Great Smoky Mountains

The Appalachian Restaurant

The Appalachian Restaurant is bringing a contemporary Southern Appalachian dining experience to Sevierville and Smoky Mountain area all while honoring the past. This is a farm to table restaurant which provides Southern hospitality at its finest, while presenting the greatest reflection and flavors of this amazing region.

The Appalachian restaurant features chef-inspired Appalachian cuisine opened in downtown Sevierville, Tenn on Bruce Street. According to The Appalachian’s website, The restaurant is a collaboration between developers and entrepreneurs Austin and Katie Williams and co-owners David and Cara Rule.

David Rule has previously served as a veteran chef at other popular fine-dining establishments in East Tennessee including Blackberry Farm and The Dancing Bear Lodge. He also served as both partner and executive chef at the Walnut Kitchen in Maryville, Tenn.

The restaurant features a modern and elevated approach to traditional Appalachian ingredients. “We are bringing a contemporary Southern Appalachian culinary experience to Sevierville while honoring the past,” says Rule on the Appalachian’s website. “Our hope is that the restaurant provides Southern hospitality at its finest, while presenting the greatest reflection and flavors of this amazing region.”

Smoky flavors are a signature of the restaurant’s menu, thanks to a large wood burning hearth located in the heart of the kitchen.

Ingredients are all fresh and locally sourced for the restaurant’s many partners including Mossy Creek Mushrooms, Cruze Farm Dairy, Sugar Tree, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham, Mountain Roots Farm, White Oak Pastures, Blackberry Farm, Iberian Pastures, Springer Mountain Farms, J.Q. Dickenson Saltworks, Georgia Olive Farms, Joe Jurgelwitz & Son, Zavel’s Farm, Heritage Farms Cheshire Pork and Anson Mills.

Main menu features include chicken, duck breast, pork, burgers, fish and a variety of steaks.

Restaurant features a romantic, high-end yet country aesthetic with dark tones, brass, stone and wood. The Appalachian is also unique in that it is one of only a handful of local restaurants that actually take reservations. Reservations can be made online using the Resy app.

The Appalachian is located in the heart of historic downtown Sevierville at 133 Bruce Street and is open from 4 pm-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday at 4-10 pm Friday and Saturday. Dining reservations start at 5 pm. The Appalachian restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Hiking, Parks, photos

Little Pigeon River


The Little Pigeon River, which got its name because the birds seemed to favor the area, has long been at the center of Pigeon Forge’s beauty and history.  Little Pigeon River is located entirely within Sevier County, Tennessee and is made up of a series of streams which flow together on the dividing line between Tennessee and North Carolina inside the boundary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   parksign

The river is subdivided with three separate tributaries: East, Middle, and West.  The East Prong is paralleled for most of its length by State Route 416, and the Middle Prong emerges from the Greenbrier  area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.   Six miles of mostly gravel road follow the river and its tributaries into the upper Greenbrier area.  The Greenbrier area of the park is renowned for its wildflowers.  Greenbrier-Mountain-Stream

The West Prong is far better known because it drains the major tourist towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.   The West Prong of the river has helped to provide the area with fresh ground corn and wheat from the Old Mill located along its banks. This is a central meeting place for the communOld-Mill-Pigeon-Forge-TNity and place to enjoy the scenic view that makes Pigeon Forge so special.

In the old days, the Mill was the heart of the community and served as a gathering spot for villagers. During the Civil War, looms were set up on the second floor to make woven articles for soldiers. The area around the Old Mill was first settled by pioneers in the early 1800s.  William Love dammed up the Little Pigeon River and began construction of the first building of the Old Mill.   The mill has been in continuous daily operation since its completion in 1830.  William Love utilized 40-foot-long, 14″-by-14″ Yellow Poplar logs, which are clearly visible even today. Huge river rocks serve as pillars to support the structure. This is one of the most photographed structures in Tennessee.smoky-mountain-outdoors-whitewater-raftingRiver_Romp_Tubes_and_Kayaks_Rentals_(002)

Besides the beauty and history of the Little Pigeon River, there are many activities on and in the river.  People can enjoy White Water Rafting, Gatlinburg’s Annual River Raft Regatta, Fly Fishing, Tubing and countless other activities.






The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

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The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel sits at the center of The Island in Pigeon Forge, a new shopping, dining and entertainment destination at the heart of the city. Rise 200 feet above the city for the best view of the mountains in one of the climate-controlled, enclosed gondolas on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! Don’t forget to stick around after dark and catch the wheel as it lights up for a spectacular LED light show!

About 4 rotations per ride.

Address – 130 Island Drive Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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Forbidden Caverns near Sevierville TN

Forbidden CavernsForbidden Caverns, near Sevieerville, is one of America’s most spectacular caves. It provides the visitor with an entertaining and educational 1 hour walking tour past sparkling formations, towering natural chimneys, numerous grottos, and a crystal clear stream. The history of the Indians and moonshiners is interesting. The fast flowing underwater river is really neat. The trails are well lighted with handrails at all necessary points. Visitors will see fabulous formations created by nature thousands of years ago. April – Nov. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Sun. Closed Dec., Jan., Feb., and March. Last tour leaves at 5 pm.

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Address – 455 Blowing Cave Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876

I found this site that lists the Forbidden Caverns as one of the top 50 things to do in Tennessee.


English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill

English Mountain Trout Farm The motto at English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill says it all – “You Hook ‘Em – We Cook ‘Em.” Fish for rainbow trout at the stocked trout farm and the English Mountain Trout will cook your catch. Tackle and bait are provided and no license is required. The menu at the English Mountain Grill includes sandwiches, burgers, shrimp and chicken. A children’s menu is also available. The English Mountain Trout Farm & Grill is open Tuesday through Sunday (April through November).
It looks like a real laid back family restaurant.
291 Blowing Cave Road, Sevierville, Tennessee
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