If you’ve never experienced the beauty of the fall colors over the rolling peaks of the Smoky Mountains, then you are in for a one-of-a-kind experience. It will soon be that time of year again when the Smoky Mountains around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge start to come alive with fall color. A hundred species of trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and surrounding area go through their seasonal changes, and with the layered mountains and foothills of the Smokies, it makes for phenomenal scenery.
Quietly running through the heart of the action in Pigeon Forge is a great paved trail known as Riverwalk Greenway, a hidden gem of a nature walk traversing the town from Patriot Park up to The Island and beyond. With benches, bathrooms and water fountains strategically placed along the way, the Greenway welcomes walkers and runners, baby strollers and bikes, and pets on a leash to use this free trail, open 24 hours each day, and lighted at night.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge get a lot of traffic, and it can be useful to know some of the alternative roads to take if the main routes are jammed. This is especially true of you’re trying to get out into the countless nature attractions – including Great Smoky Mountains National Park of course, and don’t want to drive through the congestion on Parkway in either town. Here are some of the shortcuts.
The closest airport to Gatlinburg, TN, is McGhee Tyson, located 12 miles south of Knoxville, just over a 40-mile drive from Gatlinburg, with a few different ways to get there, depending on if you want to hit Pigeon Forge first, and any scenic options you may chose to take on the way in. McGhee Tyson is a friendly little airport, and usually a nice introduction to the friendly people of Tennessee and the Appalachian warmth and culture of the Smoky Mountains.
Any vacation in the Smoky Mountains is made better by staying in a vacation cabin rental. Many cabins are located within resorts, which differ greatly in their location, setting and the amenities they offer. Knowing more about where the resorts are and what they’re like opens up the options considerably for choosing where to stay.
For Guests Checking-In
We at Gatlinburg Falls Resort / Venture Resorts care about the health and safety of our guests and our staff. To help you have a safe vacation, we want you to know that we’ve implemented the following changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Virtual Check-in: We are closing our offices and providing a virtual check-in for all guests. To check-in, visit this page
- Additional Cabin Cleaning: Our staff has implemented additional cabin cleaning using chlorine-based disinfectants and are cleaning every surface. Both our cleaners and housekeeping inspection team will wipe down surfaces.
- Updated Cancellation Policy: Guests who have stays booked in March and April can cancel their stay and receive a lodging credit that can be used any time in the next 12 months.
Your health and well-being are our highest priority and we truly appreciate the trust that you place in us.
If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected].
UPDATE – July 10, 2020
Sevier County. including Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, has declared a mandatory mask-wearing rule from July 10 through August 3, which is a 25-day period. Masks are available for sale at a low price in case you forget yours. For details see this story.
Everywhere in the Smokies is pretty much open now, with many visitors. Many attractions and businesses have already had mask protocols in place – at least with staff wearing masks for visitor safety, and appreciating the return favor. With lots of visitors, things seem to be running pretty smoothly throughout the area.
The Preserve Resort in Wears Valley features well appointed cabins and fantastic amenities. As the highest elevation resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, it’s home to views that must be seen to be believed, and it’s just a short drive from the popular attractions of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, as well as Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
What are the best things to do in Pigeon Forge? Here are some of the most frequent questions about Pigeon Forge that we get asked by guests renting our vacation cabins.
Even with a world of entertainment and relaxation right there in your vacation cabin, if you want to get outdoors and explore, there are many easy ways. You can get close to many scenic wonders and still remain in your car, as well as sample many easy walks and other ways to enjoy Great Smoky Mountains National Park without a lot of effort – and all of it is free of charge.
So here’s our Big List of outdoor adventures in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area.
The best thing about a luxury vacation cabin in the Smoky Mountains is that you can do as much as you want to do on your vacation, or as little. You can do almost nothing if you want, and just live in the cabin enjoying its amenities, and soak in the hot tub on the deck and gaze at the mountains.
If you’re going to take a vacation, you could just relax and let the comfort take you over. Stress – who needs it?