Attractions

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains

Little log wedding chapel

The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a top destination in the country for weddings due to the gorgeous scenery of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Peaks and valleys provide breathtaking views that mirror the promise of lifelong wedded bliss.

Every year, over 10,000 brides plan Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg weddings in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smokies are considered “The wedding capital of the South,” and Sevier County offers everything you’ll want and need for your special Smoky Mountain wedding, including beautiful wedding chapels, local florists, bakers, salons, spas, catering services, photography, entertainment and much more. Local ministers will be happy to come to your cabin, condo or chalet to perform intimate Smoky Mountain weddings.

Whether you prefer a cabin, chapel or scenic outdoor wedding, Smoky Mountain wedding venues and packages are sure to please brides, grooms and wedding guests alike.

Getting married in the National Park: Persons planning to be married in the park need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). A $50 nonrefundable application fee will be charged for wedding permits and all other special event-type permits.

For more information and to obtain an application package, contact the permit office at 865-436-1266.

More information  https://smokeymountainwedding.org/

Chapels near the cabin http://www.logchapel.com/?page/80511/home  http://www.discoverachurchinthesmokies.com/OFB/seviervi/mcum.htm http://www.thebarnatchestnutsprings.com/index2.php?v=v1#!/Home

http://smokymountainweddingconnection.com

http://www.flowermountainwedding.com/aboutus/

This Inn is only 3 minutes from our cabin “Smoky Mountain Splendor”.  http://www.bluffmountaininn.com/index.html

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Attractions, History

Ogle log cabin

IM000925.JPGGatlinburg, Tennessee is a place which boasts a very rich history. Of course, all the attractions and shops lining the Gatlinburg Parkway are fun, but behind all the touristy stuff lies quite a few historic sites you can visit to experience the essence of what makes our quaint Smoky Mountain town so special.

In about 1802, William Ogle laid claim on what was to be the site of the first home in Gatlinburg, then called White Oak Flats. He cut and hewed the logs for the cabin and returned home to South Carolina to get his family, telling them they were moving to the “Land of Paradise.”    William Ogle came down with malaria and died in 1803, before he could bring his family to his newly-discovered paradise.  His wife, though, followed through on his plans — four years after his death, she gathered the family and they traveled to White Oak Flats, found William’s hewed logs, and finished the cabin.  She raised 7 or 8 children in that little home.  It’s humbling to go through and think about the lives of people during this time. http://www.gatlinburg.com/things-to-do/culture-history/

The Ogles modern day descendants own most of the land around Gatlinburg. The business you see are mostly long term ground leases, not Fee Simple ownership of the land.

The nature trail behind the house is very beautiful and peaceful (the trail head says easy, but is rocky).   The streams and creeks are very relaxing to hear.

Address – Corner of Parkway & Cherokee Orchard Road, Gatlinburg, TN  Directions-to-Ogle-Cabin

We had a hard time finding this cabin.  It is right at traffic light number 6.  This is a big intersection where the Aquarium and the bar Draft’s is.  If you take the trolley and get off at the Ripley’s Aquarium, you will see a gift shop across the intersection.  To the right of the gift shop there is the cabin hidden by some trees.  We did not see a trail.

Attractions

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Whitewater Rafting

smoky-mountain-outdoors-whitewater-raftingThe Pigeon River, located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offers breathtaking scenery and exciting whitewater rafting thrills! This magnificent river begins in North Carolina and continues through Tennessee. Experience white water rafting in Tennessee and raft through class 3 to 4 rapids.

I have heard good reviews about white water rafting in the Smokies form our guest book and from TripAdvisor.  I also have received an e mail from a past guest who said white water rafting was their favorite thing to do.  They said they would definitely recommend Smoky Mountain Outdoors.  I have not done white water rafting in the Smokies but I have in other areas.  Maybe I will take my kids next time.  I have heard that the views and the guides in this outfit are great.  This is about an hour from our cabin.

Reservations – 3435 Teaster Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37863  1-800-771-7238

Website – http://www.smokymountainrafting.com/upper-river-rafting.php

Address – 3299 Hartford Road, Hartford, TN 37753

Attractions

Dollywood

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Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain family adventure, is Tennessee’s number one attraction with more than 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family.

Enjoy the variety of rides, from thrilling roller coasters and daring water excursions to family rides and things for the little ones. Experience the Smoky Mountain way of life through heritage crafts made on site. You’ll love the award-winning entertainment and toe-tapping music.

There’s a new festival each season, so come back to enjoy them all. Dollywood’s Festival of Nations offers five weeks of international cultural events. Come hungry for Barbecue & Bluegrass in May and June, featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music and the country’s tastiest barbecue. The whole family will enjoy fun-filled days at Dollywood’s Great American Summer. Southern gospel music and master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Bring the entire family to make new memories at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I have heard that there is so much more to Dollywood than an amusement park. I have not made it there yet, but we plan on going to Dollywood to see the shows and entertainment. There is even a kennel for your dogs. I read somewhere that Dolly Parton wanted to give back to her home town by building this amusement park. I believe the park is closed January – March.

While the Robert F. Thomas Chapel inside the Dollywood theme park isn’t really that old, it does pre-date Dollywood.  It was dedicated in May of 1973 as part of Goldrush Junction. But, and this is really interesting, it isn’t exactly new either.  The windows were donated from Sevier County’s first second school, Nancy Academy, which was open from 1806 to 1890.  The doors are from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and were made by a church trustee in 1891.  The pews are from the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the old Sevier County Courthouse. They date back to the late 1800s.  And those aren’t the only antiquities in the church.  The bell is from Williamsburg School.  The stained glass behind the carved image of Jesus as the Great Shepherd (created by Dollywood craftsmen), is from the early 1900s.  The official Dollywood Parks Blog reports “the piano is a restored 118-year-old instrument … it was donated by former Dollywood host Michael Stinnett, who now owns Antique Piano Shop.”  And so, while the church itself isn’t a relic of the past, the spirit of an old mountain church is very much alive within the more modern walls.  The chapel is named after Robert F. Thomas, the mountain doctor who made a house call to deliver one Dolly Rebecca Parton on Jan. 19, 1946.

Address – 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Website – http://www.dollywood.com/

Attractions

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel

great smoky mountain wheel
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
Website – http://www.visitmysmokies.com/blog/pigeon-forge/attractions-pigeon-forge/great-smoky-mountain-wheel-at-the-island-in-pigeon-forge/