We love exploring all there is to see & do in the Gatlinburg area.
Actually, I’m referring to those areas surrounding Gatlinburg more than the actual town of Gatlinburg itself.
Because the town itself is so touristy — with all the souvenir shops and fun things to do downtown — that it gets pretty hectic and congested.
That’s why we typically hang out somewhere between Townsend (to the west), Cosby (to the east) and Bryson City (to the south).
In fact, the only times we even venture into Gatlinburg is when we’ve got out-of-town visitors with us, and they’ve never been to Gatlinburg, or when we happen to be there over the 4th of July, and we want to venture in town to see the fireworks.
You simply can’t beat the Gatlinburg/East Tennessee area for camping & exploring nature!
Articles About Our Fun Times In Gatlinburg
Here are the highlights from some of our trips to Gatlinburg, TN:
- Black bears run wild In Gatlinburg!
- Whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River
- Some fun places to go offroading around Gatlinburg
- Rent a Jeep in Gatlinburg!
- Our favorite place to stay: Cosby Creek Cabins
- Watch some Freestyle playboating & whitewater kayaking on the Ocoee River
- Gatlinburg hosts the Nation’s first 4th of July fireworks display each year
- Auto touring around Gatlinburg
- Tips for checking out the Fall colors in Tennessee
TIP: Plan your trip wisely… Gatlinburg can get pretty congested during peak season. Each Fall, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg gets 1 million visitors each and every October alone!
Dog-Friendly Cabin Rentals
Visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee with your dog?
Here are some pet-friendly cabin rentals and campgrounds in and around Gatlinburg, TN:
- Pet-Friendly Cabins & Chalets In Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- Gatlinburg Campgrounds That Allow Pets
- Dog-Friendly Campgrounds In Gatlinburg, TN
- Fun Places To Take Your Dog In Gatlinburg
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