Attractions, Pigeon Forge, Wheelchair accessible

Wheel Chair Access Attractions in Pigeon Forge

Most of Pigeon Forge is wheelchair accessible.  Most dinner shows and shopping places have elevators or are on one level.  Highlighted below are also some attractions that are accessible by wheelchair.

Titanic Museum

The exhibits and self-guided tour are wheelchair accessible, with wheelchairs available for use.

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WonderWorks Museum

Interactive exhibits of the unusual and unexplained.

Elevators give access to the upper level. Service animals are welcome, as well. For hearing-impaired guests, there is signage with instructions and explanations of exhibits.SeaJack #6 014

Those with visual impairments are able to participate at exhibits that rely on the sense of touch.


Theme park offering entertainment, attractions, rides and dining. Wheelchair and Electric Convenience Vehicles are available for rental while visiting. Most of the park is on level ground, with some gentle, rolling pathways for ease of accessibility. Featured Image -- 802Rides and attractions are marked with special entrances for wheelchairs. Rides that require transfer from a wheelchair are indicated by signs. Service animals are welcome, and assisted listening devices are available.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The park offers scenic drives through the mountains, programs and information at the visitors’ centers, and some accessible mountain trials. Cades Cove Loop offers an 11-mile scenic loop road. The Cades Cove Visitor Center has handicapped parking, accessible restrooms and drinking fountains, and a ramp into the one-story building. Cable Mill Historic Area at Cades Cove has two historic buildings that are accessible, but the rest are not. 010515_Gatlinburg'15(edits)_033The area is reached by walking over a gravel trail which might not be possible for some individuals. Sugarlands Visitor Center is completely accessible, with wheelchairs available for use. The center has ranger-led programs and a movie about the plants and animals of the Smokies that is close-captioned. The Sugarlands Valley Trail is a half-mile paved walking trail that is accessible. The All-Access Nature Trail at New Found Gap Road is designed for the disabled, as well as young children and senior citizens. Several picnic sites in the park, located at Cades Cove, Chimneys, Cosby and Metcalf Bottoms, have handicapped-accessible facilities.  The view from Clingman’s Dome parking area is just as impressive as the view from the tower.  Mingus mill is just a little further beyond Clingman’s Dome.  Oconaluftee Visitor enter is just a little further and has a little town set up out back.

Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail

The Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail is a pretty popular kid friendly Smoky Mountain hiking trail. This looped trail is 0.5 mile long, making it short and sweet. Your kids will enjoy being out in nature, and they’ll burn some energy walking along the trail. This trail is close to Gatlinburg and runs alongside a creek, where your family can explore and possibly see some wildlife. This trail is paved, making it wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Fun Time Trolley

These wheelchair-accessible trolleys travel throughout Pigeon Forge.PigeonForgeArea-14Trolley

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Diverse selection of activities – The Island is showcased by a 200-foot Observation Wheel and the Island Show Fountains, which are programmed to perform to light and music year-round. Our oasis in the Smokies is open 365 days a year with free parking and free admission. PigeonForgeArea-82TheIslandPaulaDeens The Island features flat, rolling sidewalks and easy access to every store, restaurant, and attraction. The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel is wheelchair accessible and rotates 200 feet over Pigeon Forge, giving you some tremendous views.

Gatlinburg, Shopping

The Best Places to Go Shopping in Gatlinburg


From Smoky Mountain apparel to beautiful, handmade pieces, the Gatlinburg shopping scene has so many things for you to discover. Whether you’re looking for the perfect souvenir or a gift for a loved one, you’re sure to find just what you set out for here. To help you plan for your trip, here are 5 of the best places to go shopping in Gatlinburg.

The Village Shoppes in Gatlinburg are a must-visit when in the Smokies, the architectural components and historic elements that make up the buildings are equally as intriguing. “We tried to build an attractive mall that was different from anything else in the world,” says Village co-founder and former co-owner Jim Gerding, “and I feel like we accomplished that.”

Jim Gerding (left) and Dave Dych had a vision for The Village Shopping Center, and they traveled the world to gather ideas and relics to bring that vision to life. Image courtesy of the Gerding family.

Gerding and his business partner Dave Dych, who passed away in 2003, traveled far and wide in pursuit of discarded or for-sale treasures that could enjoy new life in their one-of-a-kind complex, all part of their vision to create a shopping experience like none other in the region. It’s these fascinating elements that, still today, make the outdoor mall not only a retail destination, but also an architectural treasure worthy of exploring.

“We spent considerable amount of time gathering up old glass windows and doors and transoms and slate and hand-carved mantles and hand-carved stairways,” shares Gerding. “Not any one of them is a standout, but The Village is a blending of these different items.”

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The brick used to create this building, which currently houses Master’s Editions, came from both the Witt McMahan home and an old L&N Hotel in Knoxville and date back as far as the late 1700s. The stained glass window, which is hand-made and believed to come from Italy circa late-1800s, was reclaimed from Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.

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The Hayloft‘s slate roof came from the Ross mansion, owned by early Knoxville industrialist W.C. Ross. In fact, many of The Village features came from the Ross mansion, including a stairway and various light fixtures.

The Spice & Tea Exchange

The Spice & Tea Exchange is located in The Village Shoppes in Gatlinburg. You’ll absolutely love the Old World spice trading atmosphere when you walk through the door. This specialty store offers more than 140 spices, over 80 exclusive hand-mixed blends, 16 naturally flavored sugars, an array of salts from around the world, and more than 30 exotic teas. Their main focus is to provide high-quality products and accessories to chefs, home cooks, and tea lovers. You’ll be so excited to take these products home and try them out when you’re cooking!

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The doorway, transom and side panels that make up the entry to The Spice & Tea Exchange were originally used in a Johnson City home that was built in 1911. Gerding and Dych purchased them in 1971 and gave them new purpose at The Village. They are stunning!

The doorway, side panels, transom and arched window of The Spice & Tea Exchange were originally part of the home belonging to Robert Hunter of Johnson City, which was built in 1911. Gerding and Dych purchased these pieces in 1971 to incorporate them into The Village.

Pepper Palace

Another great stop in The Village Shops in Gatlinburg is the Pepper Palace! This store encourages a fun and fiery environment that you’ll immediately notice when you step through the front door. Inside, you can browse through all of their famous hot sauces, salsas, seasonings, and rubs. Their small batch, handcrafted, natural, and award-winning products are just what you need to add a little charisma to your everyday meals that might be starting to taste a little bland.

The windows in The Honey Pot at the Village Shops are believed to have come from Italy; Gerding acquired them from Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. The antique mirror in the Life is Good shop is also believed to have originated in Italy, though it was acquired for The Village Shopping Center at auction in 1977. And the newel post in The Sock Shop came from a four-story mansion in Montreal, a structure that was built in 1880. This component has enjoyed new life at The Village since Gerding purchased it in 1975.  Stop in to Cartoons & Toys, grab a souvenir and check out the staircase, which was originally found in a senator’s Knoxville home.

Novus Candela Bath & Crafts

Who doesn’t love a beautiful candle to add a warm glow to their home? The scented soy candles at Novus Candela Bath & Crafts are absolutely wonderful and are sure to make any room you put them in seem cozier. In addition to their lovely, handmade candles, you can also find goat’s milk soaps and essential oils there. They also carry a large selection of gorgeous handmade quilts, jewelry, paintings, and scenic pictures.

The Celtic Shop

If you’re planning on spending the afternoon on the Gatlinburg Parkway, you should definitely make a stop at The Celtic Shop! It features a wide selection of genuine Celtic pieces that were hand selected by the staff during their previous visits to Ireland and Scotland. From apparel and jewelry to posters and other fun knick-knacks, there are so many items for you to look at that will remind you of your trip to the Smokies and your heritage!

Brandywine Pottery

The pieces from Brandywine Pottery make both thoughtful gifts and great additions to any room in your house! The influential artist that this shop is named after, Brandy Ward, creates functional pottery inspired by the forests of the Smoky Mountains. Each of his pieces is hand thrown and glazed with an airbrush. His technique truly makes the pottery sold in this store one-of-a-kind.
There’s always something new and unique to discover when you shop here! Come see all of these fantastic shops for yourself, and you’ll most likely walk away with some amazing new treasures! Be sure to also check out all the other places to go shopping in Gatlinburg for a truly unforgettable trip.


Seasons are Changing

Mountain-Sunset  I love the area in which I live.  I love the changing seasons.  I enjoy swimming in the summer. watching the leaves change in the fall, Sledding with my children in the winter and watching the new life immerge in the spring.  With each change in season, I am reminded of the little things that make that season so wonderful.

I got in the shower on one particularly cold October morning and turned the heat on full blast.  I had forgotten the feeling of a nice warm shower.  I felt invigorated and excited about the seasons beginnings.  I look forward to pumpkin carving, Halloween trick or treating, Thanksgiving with family, changing leaves and the beautiful colors of autumn.  autumn mountains

The fall is particularly beautiful in the Smokies.  You really feel that God has painted this beautiful picture for you.  He changes it every day.  He is a wonderful artist.  It looks like a multi colored blanket spread over the mountains.

One of the best things about the changing seasons is that you don’t have to miss the last one.  It will be back soon enough.  You can enjoy every season every year.  By the end of one season, I am ready for the next.  I never get tired of the changing seasons.   I look forward to them.


Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community

An early craft shop in the Arts & Crafts Community,  not so different from what you'll see here today.
An early craft shop in the Arts & Crafts Community,
not so different from what you’ll see here today.

Whether you are looking for a unique gift to take back home or just want to stand back and watch the unique work of the many artisans, then the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is a great place to spend some of your free time. Just the drive of this 8 mile loop is a delight all in itself. Get the opportunity to meet these artisans and crafters who, inspired by the beauty of the Smokies, made their homes here. Watch them whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave and carve to create original collectibles.
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Directions – 3 miles from traffic light #3 on 321 (East Parkway)