Gatlinburg has a lot to offer, and most people who have visited are probably very familiar with the local attractions. There is laser tag, the Ripley’s family of attractions, Dollywood, whitewater rafting, the Tanger Outlets and much more. But there are also a few attractions that have managed to stay a little off the beaten path. Check out a few of the hidden gems of Gatlinburg.
The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum – With over 20,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers, this is truly a one-of-a-kind museum. This is the world’s only salt and pepper shaker museum (aside from their sister museum in Spain). Started by a couple’s quest for the perfect pepper mill, this collection has been growing for over 25 years. Stop by Winery Square for a really unique experience.
Christ in the Smokies – Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg is an exhibit that was reopened by popular demand. With an expanded gift shop and beautiful new displays of coins and gems of the Bible, the Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens is a truly inspirational place.
Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community – Just 3 miles from downtown Gatlinburg is the largest community of independent artisans in North America. Located on an 8 mile loop that has been designated as a Tennessee Heritage Arts and Crafts Trail are dozens of amazing shops run by local artists. Since 1937, they have been painting, whittling, weaving and carving some of the most wonderfully crafted pieces in the country. Here, you will find original and unique candles, baskets, quilts, photography, paintings, stained glass, jewelry, dolls, ceramics and more.
Comedy Hypnosis Show with Guy Michaels – Tucked away in the Gatlinburg Space Needle, this show claims to be the, “best kept secret in the Smokies.” Whether you choose to sit back and watch or jump in the show yourself, Guy Michaelswill keep you and the family laughing all night. This is a great, clean show for all ages.
Baskins Creek Falls – Although it is located on the popular Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, this 3 mile hiking trail is less traveled than many. At times the trail is a bit challenging, but the view at the end is absolutely worth it. Those who have made the short trek often say that the 25 foot waterfall is the most underrated in the park.