Where’s the Best Ice Cream in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge?

To satisfy a craving for ice cream creations, whether it’s a cone, shake, sundae, or split, when it comes to creamy goodness, cool treats abound in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville area. Here are some notable places to consider – not in any order of preference, and NOT exclusive. There are LOTS of places to get ice cream in an area with hundreds of restaurants and eateries, so let your ice cream instinct be your guide, as well as these picks below.

Image courtesy of Apple Valley Creamery

Apple Valley Creamery

Sevierville is just minutes up the road from Pigeon Forge, and worth a trip to check out the winery and restaurants of this farm, as well as the Apple Valley Creamery for a melt-in-your mouth experience of pure ice cream goodness. With more than 60 flavors of ice cream to choose from, both regular and sugar-free, there will be plenty of flavors you’ll want to sample. The homemade ice cream uses natural ingredients and offers cones, malts, sundaes, milkshakes, and banana splits. The bakery also makes delicious cakes.

Curl de la Creme

At Curl de la Creme in Pigeon Forge, express your creativity by choosing your favorite flavors and letting ice cream artisans prepare your item just the way you like it. Start with choosing a base flavor such as chocolate, vanilla, or mint ice cream then mix in goodies like bananas, cherries, brownies, and more. Add a topping from a list of favorites that include M&M’s, peanuts, sprinkles, coconut, marshmallows, and peanut butter cups, then top it off with your choice of sweet sauce. Your creation is served as a waffle taco, waffle bowl, or a Kremewich. To please all palates, the shop offers gluten-free and vegan products.

Glade’s Soda Fountain

Step back to a simpler time when old-fashioned soda fountains were the place to meet for a cool refreshment. At Glade’s Soda Fountain in Gatlinburg’s arts and crafts enclave of Morning Mist Village (on Glades Road along the Community Trail), take your pick from sundaes, ice cream sodas, floats, malts, banana splits, and milkshakes. If you’re in the mood for a sandwich, try the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies filled with ice cream for a delectable sandwich treat.

Kilwins

For a taste of original recipe ice cream, plan a visit to Kilwins in Gatlinburg, where sweet aromas fill the air. An assortment of treats is available at Kilwins to please everyone of all ages. While deciding which flavor you want to fill the hand-rolled waffle cone, watch as the staff create a variety of hand-crafted confections such as Mackinac Island fudge, caramel apples, and crunchy brittle. Enjoy ice cream favorites such as New Orleans praline pecan in a waffle cone and sea salt caramel milkshakes. Since the 1980s, Kilwins has pleased the palate of visitors wanting a sweet experience.

Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts

At Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts, customers can definitely “get the scoop” on a variety of ice cream flavors, from traditional vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry to creative flavors such as Yellow Brick Road, Rainbow Sherbet, and Smoky Mountain Fudge. Located in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Mad Dog’s serves an impressive menu of hand-dipped premium ice cream cone, sundaes, milkshakes, and more. Picnic tables and water bowls for your four-legged friend too.

Old Mill Creamery

One of the many choices in Pigeon Forge for delicious ice cream, the Old Mill Creamery offers traditional as well as unique flavors. Consider a hand-scooped serving of browned butter walnut ice cream, a thick and creamy milkshake, or for those who can’t make up their mind, order one of the ice cream flights for an assortment of rich flavors. Whether you’re on your way to or coming back from Dollywood, just 1.2 miles away, stop in for flavorful experience. Enjoy outdoor seating or order your treat to go.

Village Cafe & Creamery

While strolling through The Village and its many shops in downtown Gatlinburg, take a break for a tasty refreshment with a visit to the Village Cafe & Creamery. With a diverse menu featuring specialty coffees and sodas, smoothies and iced drinks, the cafe also serves a variety of ice cream favorites such as old-fashioned sodas, floats, malts, shakes, and more.


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About Tony Perez

I'm a people person, and I enjoy the atmosphere that working with Cabins Of The Smoky Mountains entails, interacting with different types of people and trying to relate to each one uniquely. From Michigan originally, I've been coming to the Smoky Mountains since I was a child, with family in Wears Valley. Summer fun for me is exploring the Cades Cove area, swimming in the creeks, and hiking Mount LeConte and many other trails. I love the Smoky Mountains.