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Gatlinburg Essential Info


Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in America. There are three entrances to the Smokies from downtown Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg attracts more than 11 million visitors a year and can grow to a population of 40,000-plus on any given night. This little town of 3,944 residents is dedicated to welcoming all of its guests with a taste of Appalachian hospitality at its best. Folks come from all over the world for vacations, outdoor adventures, family fun and memory-making. Gatlinburg is one of America’s great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local and national restaurants and attractions galore–all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition.


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  1. Only Ski Resort in Tennessee
    In town resides Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, the only resort in Tennessee where you can go skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. With varying slopes created from a high-powered snow machine, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort is a perfect spot to enjoy winter sports for the whole family.
  2. Robert C. Gatlin – Town Namesake and Most Hated Man in Town
    As the owner of the towns general store and post office, Robert C. Gatlin was a leading figure in the early years of the Gatlinburg community. The settlement eventually came to bear his name, but not before his controversial political views during the Civil War brought about his banishment.
  3. Hiking Trails just steps away from Gatlinburg
    There are 850 miles of trails and unpaved roads in the park for hiking, including 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail.
  4. Fireflies 
    One of the best shows in the Smoky Mountains is put on by its smallest residents every year around the third week of May to the third week in June, the Synchronous fireflies’ prime mating season. Their coordinated display of flashing lights is one of the rarest and most romantic phenomena in North America.
  5. Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries
    Around town in our local breweries, distilleries, and wineries, you can find special-recipe brews, 100-percent-legal moonshine and a variety of handcrafted beers and premium wines made right here in Gatlinburg.

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