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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pigeon Forge TN Attractions

Thousands of people rent Pigeon Forge cabins and visit Pigeon Forge TN every year. Let me tell you, it's not just the beauty that brings everybody out, it’s also all the fun attractions Pigeon Forge TN has to offer its visitors. The fun attractions make visiting Pigeon Forge an unforgettable experience.
Pigeon Forge is located about seven miles from the entrance of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the eastern US. Pigeon Forge has so much to offer every age group that it is the perfect place to spend your family vacation, youth trip or honeymoon.
Some of the more popular Pigeon Forge TN attractions include:
Bluff Mountain Adventure. Bluff Mountain Adventure is a Pigeon Forge TN amusement park that sits on 7,000 acres. Bluff Mountain Adventures Have ATV trail rides, paddle boats, fishing, and hiking.

Dinosaur Walk Museum in Pigeon Forge TN has the world’s largest collections of well over sixty life-sized dinosaurs. The Dinosaur Walk Museum also offers twenty reptile exhibits that is home to some of the world’s most dangerous and poisonous snakes. The exhibits also includes informative and very educational text that tells the stories of all of these creatures.

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is one of the most visited Pigeon Forge TN attractions. The 118-acre theme park offers music, shows, crafts, family rides, and various special Smoky Mountain and Pigeon Forge events.

Dollywood’s Splash Country is in Pigeon Forge TN and has twenty-five acres of water fun, this includes sixteen water slides, two interactive children’s areas and a 25,000 square foot wave pool.

The Elvis Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Elvis Museum contains the world’s largest private collection of Elvis’ cars, jewelry, clothing, and guns.

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is the most popular attraction in the area. Well over one million visitors enjoy this Smoky Mountain landmark every year. The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee still functions like it did in 1830, which is the year it was built. The mill still grinds thousands of pounds of grains with every turn of its wheel.

The Veterans Memorial Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is another popular attraction in the area. The Veterans Memorial Museum has over 5,000 exhibits from the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the American Revolutionary Way, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and the war on terrorism.

Families, church groups, business parties, and honeymooners will absolutely love Pigeon Forge TN. There are activities of all kinds for every age group to enjoy in the area. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will keep your group busy for several days. One trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will make you want to come back for more vacations. Remember to call Cabins For You to book one of our Pigeon Forge Cabins.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Scenic Helicoptor Flights

There are 11 different helicopter tours that you may choose from. They are open from 10:00 am until sunset on Mondays through Saturdays. On Sundays there open at 12:00 p.m. and close at sunset, weather permitting. The Bell Rangers carries 4 passengers, and the Robison R44 carries 3 passengers. The Introduction Flight is about 4 miles long. Tickets are $10.00 per person. The flight gives you a slight taste of what its like to soar 800 - 1000 feet in the sky, above the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg TN.

The River Island Flight is a 8 - 9 mile flight. Tickets for this particular flight are $17.00 per person. On this flight you will fly over the French Broad River in Sevier County. Don’t look down, because you’ll be soaring 1,000 feet it the sky. Douglas Lake Flight is a 10 - 12 mile flight. Tickets are $27.00 per person. The flight will take you up in the air around 1200 feet. On your way to the Douglas Lake you will be amazed with the spectacular lake view.

The Bluff Mountain Flight is about 14 - 16 miles. Tickets range around $37.00 per person. You’ll be soaring about 1500 feet in the air. While heading towards Bluff Mountain, take a second and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Smoky Mountains. The Foothills Flight is about 22 - 24 miles. Tickets for this flight are $52.00 per person. The Foothills flight is said to be the most enjoyed flight of them all. Not only do you get the views of the Smoky Mountains, but you also fly over little cities.

The Mountain / Valley flight, also known as the “Honeymoon Flight” is 28 - 30 miles. Tickets for this flight as $71.00 per person. This is the perfect flight for all you nature lovers. The flight will take you over the foothills of the Smokeys, Walden’s Creek and the spectacular mountain ranges. The view from this tour in simply breathtaking. The Gatlinburg / Valley flight is about 33 - 36 miles. Tickets are $87.00 per person. This flight will take you over the little town of Gatlinburg and some of the best Gatlinburg cabin rentals in North America.

The Wears Valley Flight is about 45 - 50 miles. Tickets run around $120.00 per person. The Wears Valley flight is also another favorite flight for a special occasion or just the nature lovers. The View of the mountains is divine. At the end of the flight you’ll pass through Gatlinburg TN. The Scenic Special Flight is about 60 - 70 miles long. Tickets are $165.00 per person. On this flight the pilot chooses were to take you. In this flight you can see it all including, Wears Valley and the lake tour.

The Grand Tour is about 80 - 90 miles long. Tickets for this tour are $210.00 per person. On this tour you have the option of flying over Cades Cove. You can capture the breath taking views of the Smoky Mountains.

Scenic Helicopter Tours also provides a flight called Aerial Wedding. The regular flight is about 23 - 25 miles long. Tickets for this flight are $250.00 per couple, plus $25.00 for the minister. The service is not very long. They also offer a deluxe package for $475.00 per couple, plus the $25.00 for the minister. They is video available. The service is long than the regular tour. This flight is about 60 - 63 miles long. What better way to say “I Love You”, then soaring 1200 feet in the air above the breathtaking views of the Smoky Mountains and Gatlinburg?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Alabama Grill - Pigeon Forge Tennessee

If you are in Pigeon Forge TN vacationing or renting one of our Pigeon Forge cabins, make sure you stop by the Alabama Grill. This is a must see attraction in Pigeon Forge. Among all the restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, this is the restaurant that combines food, fun, and a museum.

The Alabama Grill is located in Pigeon Forge TN and is a must see place to stop by if you are a fan of country music and good food. Not only does the Alabama Grill serve as a restaurant but it is also a museum. There are all types if memorabilia from the category of country music. There is memorabilia such as hats, signed pictures, and guitars from all types of country singers. The Alabama Grill is owned by the band Alabama. There are hundreds of Alabama Grills spreading across the United States. Although there menu is small, it will definitely hit the spot. They have a variety of steaks anyway you like them. While eating at the Grill you can also enjoy live music. The waiters and waitresses are very professional at their job. The Alabama Grill also has a gift shop that you are more than welcome to stop by. If you are a die hard country music fan, then the Alabama Grill is the prefect place to visit and eat. The parking lot is huge, so there are plenty places to park. I promise you will not be able to resist the taste of the Southern food.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Camp Thunder

At Camp Thunder “fun” is a number one priority. Camp Thunder provides four mini-golf courses for you to enjoy. There are two outdoor courses, an indoor course, and they have recently added a black light course. The outdoor 18 hole Old Town Square course features many tricky shots. Old Town Square is located right in the middle of historical cabins. The 18 hole Old Mountain Trail was designed for the more skilled mini-golfers. The landscaping on Old Mountain Trail is a thrill in its self. Throughout this mountain trial you will learn about the Cherokee Indians, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the European settlers.

Camp Thunder also has an 18 hole indoor mini golf course. This course is decorated with many different things you could find in the Great Smokey National Park. Designed with sounds of nature, waterfalls, and even wildlife. Every hole is a challenge for the avid golfer. Every hole is a completely different adventure. Camp thunder has just recently this year added a black light golf course. It is the largest miniature golf course around. With the black lights turned on, a whole different world comes to life. A “under sea” adventure that allows you to see mermaids, fish, sharks, all types of marine life.

Also available at this family fun center is go karts. Camp Thunder holds Gatlinburg TN only indoor slick tract. You can race up to 40 laps reaching speeds up to 25 mph in gas powered go karts. Camp Thunder also provides 2-seater go karts for the parents and children. There is also a pretend steering wheel for the little ones. There is an age limit of 10 years and 54” height requirement to drive the single go karts.

You can ride “The Rock” at Camp Thunder. The Rock is an virtual-reality motion simulator,. You can experience the thrills and chills as you become a part of a movie. There are two different movies that you can take pat in “Slot Car Boogie” and “Volcano Mine Ride”. Be sure to visit Camp Thunder while in the Smokeys!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Dixie Stampede - Pigeon Forge TN

At the Dixie Stampede you should come early to enjoy all the fun provided. An hour before show time you can visit the open stables to visit the most important performers in the show - the horses. At the door you will be graciously greeted by one of the beautiful Southern Belles. An hour before the show starts you can take part in the Carriage Room Opening Act. Guest will gather in the Carriage room to enjoy the fun entertainment. A Bluegrass and Country band will perform called the The Wild Oats. The band includes a two - time Florida State Champion vocalist, a three-time National Banjo Champion and the guitarist/Mandolin player. The Carriage Room Open Act is included in your Dixie Stampede ticket. Non - alcoholic fruit drinks are sold in a collectors Souvenir Boot Mug. You may also purchase peanuts and soft drinks. After the Carriage Room Opening Act you will be directed into the 35,000 square foot arena for the Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show .

The dinner show at the Dixie Stampede is an adventure in itself. They offer two different dinners. One includes a tender whole rotisserie chicken, bbq pork loin, veggie soup, buttered corn on the cob, homemade biscuits, and a tasty herb potatoes, served with unlimited Pepsi, tea, or coffee. The is also a separate dinner for the vegetarian guest. The dinner includes a fresh fruit bowl, homemade biscuits, buttered corn on the cob, herb based potatoes, and unlimited Pepsi, tea, or coffee. So while your in town, be sure to stop by the Dixie Stampede.. It’s an adventure in itself.
One can get very tired from all the excitement from the Dixie Stampede. Remember to rent one of our Pigeon Forge cabins.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge TN

Since as early as 1986, vacationers from around the world have become acquainted with Dollywood in Pigeon Forge TN. The park actually can trace its roots back to 1961 when Rebel Railroad first opened. Rebel Railroad was once standing in the same place Dollywood is standing in today. The Robbins Brother, originally from North Carolina, operated a small-scale attraction that featured a coal-fired steam train, Klondike Katie, a small general store, a blacksmith shop and a saloon. Many visitors were amazed by the Smoky Mountains and its way of living and waiting to see what Rebel Railroad had to offer them. What the Robbins Brothers did not know was that they were laying the groundwork for what is now Tennessee’s most popular attraction.

In 1970, Rebel Railroad had a change in ownership and its name changed. The purchaser of Rebel Railroad was the then owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. Rebel Railroad was renamed Goldrush Junction and was named Tennessee’s Million Dollar Fun attraction. Even though the name changed Goldrush Junction began to grow. Visitors were still enjoying the five-mile train ride into the foothills of the Smokies, the train ride included fake Indian attacks and train robberies.

New attractions to Goldrush Junction were a wood shop and a saw mill in the area to celebrate the history of the logging community, an outdoor theater, log cabins, a campground, and children’s rides were also added to Goldrush Junction. Visitors to Goldrush Junction could for gold, stop by the saloon to enjoy some live entertainment and ride the Log Flume. In 1973, the Robert F. Thomas Church was built. The church was named after a well known doctor in the area and it represented represented the devotion of the community to its Christian values.

In 1976, as visitors continued to flow into the attraction, Goldrush Junction before known as just Goldrush. In 1977 the park changed names and owners once again. Jack and Pete Herschend of Herschend Enterprises bought Goldrush, and changed the name to Silver Dollar City, Tennessee. The Herschend family wasn’t new to the industry, in fact Jack and Pete were born into a family that had often traveled to Marvel Cave, which is Missouri’s deepest. Marvel Cave had been opened to tourists in 1894 by the Lynch family and 1950 the Herschend family made an agreement with the Lynch family to lease Marvel Cave. In the early 1950’s they purchased 640 acres around the cave. The Herschend’s had major plans to turn Marvel Cave into a huge tourist attraction. On May 1, 1960, previously known Marvel Cave, was now known as Silver Dollar City in Branson. The theme park included five frontier style buildings, a blacksmith, a general store, an ice cream parlor, a doll shop and the Stage Coach Inn, and two reconstructed log buildings.

How the park got its name was another story. The name can trace back to the 1960’s when people paid for everything in cash. The Herschends were encouraged to use silver dollars as change in the park. So when visitors spent the coins somewhere else and we asked where they got them they replied with, “Silver Dollar City.” The Herschends decided to use the phrase and name the park, “Silver Dollar City”. When Silver Dollar City started running the Herschend Corporation expanded into other theme parks, which included White Water water parks, the Showboat Branson Belle, and the Grand Village in Branson.

So, with the Silver Dollar City in Branson well underway the Herschend Brother looked eastward for their next location. After buying Goldrush in 1977, the Herschend Brother contributed over a million dollars in improvements for Silver Dollar City, Tennessee to open. The Herschend Brothers showcased the craftsmanship of the Great Smoky Mountains as guests entered close to the park’s train trestle, they passed under the tracks and entered Craftsman’s Valley. Craftsman’s Valley was filled with talented people, including blacksmith’s wood carvers, leather smiths and lye soap makers.

The park experienced a large amount of growth over the next few years. This growth included the addition of rides, shops, some more craftsmen, shows and attractions. One of the main attractions was the Silver Dollar Grist Mill, which was completed in 1983, it became the first working grist mill built in Tennessee in over 100 years. In 1980, the park expanded well beyond Craftsman’s Valley by adding additional rides. Silver Dollar City had a steady growth through the early 1980’s. However, the Herschend brothers still felt like there was something missing. They soon welcomed singer and songwriter Dolly Parton into the theme park business in 1986. Dolly not only shared her entertainment expertise and her love of the Great Smokey Mountains but she also shared her name. In 1986, what was known as Silver Dollar City opened up as Dollywood. Since Dollywood’s opening in 1986 Dolly and the Herschend family have remained partners.

In Dollywood’s first year it had a huge increase in attendance by drawing in 1.3 million people. Dollywood is now ranked in the top 50 most attended theme parks in the world. Dollywood has also more than doubled in size since its beginning. Dollywood entertains more than two million people a year.

Since the Dollywood name has been given to the theme park more than $110 million in expansions are now noticeable as Dolly’s commitment to offering something new every season. Several old favorites to still continue to entertain guests each year and the Robert F. Thomas Chapel still remains in the park because it was actually Dr. Robert F. Thomas, who was a doctor, that delivered Ms. Dolly Parton.

Visitors from all across the country come to Pigeon Forge TN to visit Dollywood. Dollywood will always pride itself in making memories worth repeating. Dollywood offers a nice blend of thrilling rides, wonderful shows and master craftsmen in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood also has a staff that has a genuine interest in the guest’s experiences. Dollywood will surely become and family tradition for your family.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Forbidden Caverns

While visiting one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals or Gatlinburg condos, make your way over to the Forbidden caverns. If you are looking for adventure then these caverns are what you are looking for. Dont stay in the relaxing comfort of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals, get in the outdoors and enjoy life.

Tennessee is known for the large amount of caverns that are located in many places in the state. There are 8,350 caverns that are registered in Tennessee. The Forbidden Caverns are located in Sevierville Tennessee. The Forbidden Caverns are America’s most popular caverns. While inside of the Forbidden Caverns you might see sparkling formations, natural chimneys, and a clear stream. There are special light effects inside of the cavern to make them come to life. There are lighted pathways and guard rails inside for safety purposes. The tour itself last for an hour. The Forbidden Caverns are open daily April though November from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. And they are closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, December, January, February, and March.

The Eastern Woodland Indians roamed the East Tennessee’s forest and mountains hunting for hunting grounds. The Indians used the Caverns for many different purposes. In the Winter the Indians used the caves as shelter. And the river that ran throughout the cave was used as a water source. The natural resource “flint” can be found inside the cavern. The Indians used flint to make arrowheads, knives, and scrapers for hunting tools. The forbidden Cavern also holds the largest wall of cave onyx or dripstones known to exist. During the early twenties and until 1943, the cave was used to make moonshine. After 3 years of excavation and development, Forbidden Caverns was opened in June 1967 to the public.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gatlinburg TN and Wildlife

While visiting Gatlinburg TN, you need to be aware of the many different kinds of wildlife inhabiting the Smoky Mountains. Everyone has talked about, dreamed about, and possibly even seen some black bears. When searching for information regarding black bears, information runs plenty. However, there are other animals that you need to be aware when visiting the mountains and Gatlinburg TN.

Bobcats

Bobcats are very nocturnal and are rarely seen in Cades Cove or other parts of the Smoky Mountains. You need to be aware of their presence. They tend to prey on fawns and other small animals.

Foxes

Red and gray foxes can be found in Gatlinburg TN, however, just like the black bears they prefer to be in Cades Cove. The main reason for this is because of having the forest and open fields right at hand. The trees in the cove also provide foxes with protection from coyotes or other predators. Red foxes are more beautiful and also more aggressive than the gray-fox. Gray-fox are more common than red fox are in Cades Cove, but gray-fox are not as easy to spot because their fur blends in with the background.

Coyotes

Coyotes came across the Mississippi in the 1980's and moved to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Cades Cove around 1985. They pounce on their prey and hold it with their front paws before make they kill it with their teeth.
Coyotes are dog-like in appearance but with noticeably smaller feet, thinner legs and a bushier tail. Their facial features are distinctive, having pointy ears, round inquisitive eyes and an overall appearance that looks kind of like a German Shepherd.


Red Wolves

Cades Cove’s red wolves are beautiful to look at but you better look quickly. They always run away when humans are around. Never chase after them or entice them to defend!

When renting Gatlinburg cabins, hiking in the mountains, participating in anything adventurous or away from the main strip in Gatlinburg TN always be aware of your surroundings. Your surroundings can change in a second. If you ever see any of these animals, never approach the animals or try and feed the animals. If you must take pictures, do so with extreme caution.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Pigeon Forge TN

Family vacations during the summer are very popular in Pigeon Forge TN. What better to do than spend your summer vacationing in the Smoky Mountains and Pigeon Forge TN. Imagin it, how much fun could you have if you rented one of our luxurious Pigeon Forge cabins. You can relax on cool nights, enjoy the sunny days and enjoy the natural beauty of nature. There are over a dozen ways to enjoy being outdoors Pigeon Forge TN. Ideas are listed below.

Rock and Roll by rafting the Big Pigeon River. The Big Pigeon River is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Pisgah National Forest. Class III and IV rapids set the pace with names like “Vegamatic” and “Razor Blade.” Going rafting during the day provide cool water, and tons of thrills and laughs with beautiful natural surroundings The best part of rafting is that there is no previous experience necessary and any one can do it.

Tubing in the Great Smoky Mountains is another popular activity. The West Prong Little Pigeon River runs through beautiful Pigeon Forge TN and would provide anyone who likes to float tons of fun at a slow pace. The river runs through a gorge formed by the Cherokee National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. Tubing on the river is the perfect idea for families with younger children.

Bait your hook and go fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains. Summertime is the best time for fishing in the Smoky Mountains. You have tons of “fishing holes” to choose from in East Tennessee. From stream fishing in Pigeon Forge to one of the area’s 11 lakes, there’s somewhere for everyone. Anglers can fish for largemouth or small mouth bass as well as crappie and bluegill. Just find a peaceful mountain stream and practice your new skills. Rocky Top Outfitters offers a wide variety of ways for anglers of all ages to enjoy fishing.

Go see some ancient mountains in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The residents of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will openly agree that the Smoky Mountains are some of the oldest mountains in the world. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is not far from Pigeon Forge and is one of America’s natural treasures. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park was established to protect a portion of the ancient mountain range. Almost 95% of the Park is forested, and 25% of that is old growth. It is a beautiful natural paradise.

Hike or walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park is nothing short of a dream for hikers. The park is home to more than 800 miles of trails that are just waiting for you. The trails in the Park run along side river bed and logging trails and have gorgeous views of cascading waterfalls with mountain pools. Laurel Falls is a favorite to many of the park visitors and it only takes 45 minutes to get there with paved trails all the way. The whole family can go together and enjoy the beauty of Laurel Falls.

Visit a secret valley. Cades Cove, is a 4000 acre open space located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove is mainly known for its beauty and peacefulness. The valley provides the perfect mix of forests and meadows with pioneer cabins and barns. The Cades Cove Visitor Center gives visitors a menu of vacation activities suited for every age group.
Live the history of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In addition to the natural
beauty the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, it has over 70 historic buildings scattered all throughout the Park. Cades Cove is the heart of the National Park. Cades Cove is home to many species of animals, log cabins, barns, churches, and mills still stand in the Cove today in honor of the early pioneers. Cades Cove is truly an eleven-mile one-way road outdoor museum for everyone to enjoy.

Take the kids for a bike ride. The area offers an extensive variety of biking trails for everyone to enjoy. The trails provide tons of fun for beginners and for experienced bikers. The biking trails are on scenic secondary roads which any cyclists will love. The paved trails weave through the beautiful forests along meadows, over swinging bridges and past country stores. Kids of all ages will enjoy riding their bikes on these trails. There are also many pit stops along the way so you can cool down with some delicious ice cream.

Ride some trails. Not just by bike riding but also by horseback. Horseback riding the perfect choice for families. You can ride through Cades Cove on horseback and by going to the Cades Cove Riding Stables. At the Cades Cove Riding Stables guides are available on a first-come first-served basis. For six generations the McCampbell’s family has been providing horseback excursions with storytelling for a bonus treat. The guides will take you along streams, over meadows and down mountain paths. Bring your kids along for this one because children under the age of six can ride with an adult.

Do not feed the wildlife. Cades Cove has a picnic area near the riding stables for you to enjoy and picnic with your entire family. Grills and tables are also provided for you and lunches are available from Apple Valley Farms Country Store. Signs are posted all throughout the entire park state that no one should ever feed the wildlife and you must not leave any trash out. Bears like to stay in the area a lot and it is illegal to feed them.

Hike and then spend the night. The hike to Mt. LeConte is a dream hike that many people have discovered. The summit is 6,593 feet above sea level, which makes it the third highest peak in the Appalachians. There is a wilderness lodge at the top and you can also get refreshments. If you would like to sleepover at the top of Mt. LeConte it would be best to make reservations a year in advance.

Enjoy a bonfire. Walden’s Creek Riding Stables provides the Smokies with the spirit of the old west. During the day riders can enjoy trails, for all skill levels, to the natural beauty of the 500-acre ranch. Each week, during the summer, they offer a free cookout, with frontier style entertainment. The festivities begin with a wagon train hayride and they can enjoy non-stop cowboy antics and a pretend Western shoot-out with storytelling. For your information: the supper is free for those that have ridden at the stables during the week. At the end of the night you get to roast marshmallows over a 14-foot long open bonfire.

Bike in the mountains. Mountain bikers will discover both trail variety and natural challenges surrounding Pigeon Forge. Mountain biking is limited in the Smoky Mountains National Park, so the best bet for good trails is Big South Fork National Recreation Area. Trails for mountains bikers include marked off-road bike trails, equestrian trails and 4-wheel drive roads. Terrain varies offering wilderness challenges. The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River provides a wide range of natural and historic features.

Pigeon Forge has vacation packages, discounts for various activities and dining available online. More than a dozen family packages have been created for you to enjoy also. Visit http://www.mypigeonforge.com/ for more information about the

Need More Ideas?

  • USA Raft: They offer rafting adventures on Upper and Lower Pigeon Rivers, as well as on the Nolichucki River, which is also located in Tennessee. Call them at 1-800-USA-RAFT (1-800-872-7238) or you can visit them online at www.usaraft.com.
  • Rafting in the Smokies. The River Run headquarters in Pigeon Forge TN. They also run the Ococee River and Nantahala River. Call them at 1-800-PRO-RAFT (1-800-776-7238) or visit them online at www.raftinginthesmokies.com.
  • Rocky Top Outfitter. For more information please call them at 1-865-429-3474 or check out their website at www.rockytopoutfitter.com.
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Visitor information is on a recorded message. Call them at 1-865-436-1200 or online at www.nps.gov/grsm.
    Cades Cover Riding Stables. They offer hayrides with a park ranger as well. Hayrides are $8.00 per person for a two-hour ride. The hayrides are offered June through October. Call 1-865-448-6268 for more details.
  • Walden’s Creek Riding Stables. Visit their website at http://www.waldencreekstables.com/ or call them at 1-888-577-4901 for more information.
  • Day Hiker. You can organize a guided Mt. LeConte adventure by contacting Joe Guenther at 1-865-908-9942 or by checking out the website at http://www.dayhiker.com/.
    Big South Fork National Recreation Area. The Bandy Creek Visitor Center can be contacted at 1-423-286-7275 or 1-606-376-5073 or by going online to www.nps.gov/biso/.
  • Mt. LeConte Lodge. Reservations start being made each year starting October.
  • Mountain View Canoe Rentals. You can rent your very own canoes and tubes. If you need more information you can call them at 1-865-428-6112.
  • River Romp. For renting tubes in the mountains. 1-888-390-1190.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Gatlinburg TN City Parks

The community center is Gatlinburg TN is near many of our Gatlinburg Cabins and is a great place to visit to have some family fun. There are tons of things to at the Gatlinburg TN Community Center. Inside of the Community center there is a skate park. While skating in the skate park all skaters must wear a helmet and a wristband at all times. The helmets must be approved and a chin strap is also required. Parents must fill out a application and release form. You can pick the forms up at the Gatlinburg TN Community Center Information Office. Although equipment such as hand, knee, and elbow pads are not required they are recommended. Children under the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by and supervised by a responsible adult. Reckless behavior is not acceptable. The skate park is a drug and alcohol free environment. Violation of any of the laws will result in immediately suspension from all recreation facilities and or activities.

The indoor swimming pool is open September 1 -May 31, Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Hours of Operation - June 1-August 31- Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The pool closes 1/2 hour before the Community Center.

Pool Prices

  • Adults (13 years & older) $2.00
  • Retired Citizens/Child (over 65 & 4-12 years) $1.50
  • Adult Card - 25 visits $30.00
  • Retired Citizens/Child Card - 25 visits $22.50
  • Adult 6 month pass - unlimited visits $72.00
  • Retired Citizen/Child pass - unlimited visits $54.00
  • Swim Diapers $1.00 each

Pool Rules

  • All swimmers must wear appropriate attire.
  • All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
  • Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children under 3 years of age must wear rubber pants or "swim" diapers. No disposable diapers.
  • No food, drinks, gum or glass allowed in pool area.
  • No running or horseplay in pool area.
  • No misuse of equipment. Restitution will be required.
  • One person at a time on diving board. ONE BOUNCE ONLY.
  • Make sure area is clear before you dive. Swim to ladder to exit.
  • Floats, balls or foreign objects allowed at lifeguard's discretion only.
  • No diving or jumping from starting blocks without permission of lifeguard.
  • No diving in shallow water. No flips or back dives off side of the pool.
  • Only lap swimmers allowed in lap lanes.
  • Once you leave the locker room, you must pay to re-enter the pool.
  • No one allowed outside pool area in swim suit.
  • Although lifeguards are on duty, parents are responsible for the safe behavior of their children.
  • In case of fecal accident, the pool will close for a minimum of six (6) hours.
  • Anyone not following the rules or lifeguards requests, may be suspended from all City Recreational facilities/activities.

Bowling

The Bowling League are Monday through Wednesday evenings. The leagues begin in November. Cosmic Bowling is on Fridays from 8:00 - 10:00 pm. Specialty tournaments are held twice monthly on Saturday evenings.

Bowling Prices

  • Before 6:00 p.m. $1.75/game
  • After 6:00 p.m. $2.00/game
  • Bumper Bowling additional $.50/game
  • Cosmic Bowling $9.00 (includes shoes)
  • League Bowling - before 6:00 p.m. $1.75/game
  • League Bowling - after 6:00 p.m. $1.85/game
  • Junior/Retired Citizen/Disabled $1.75
  • Shoe Rental $1.14/pair + tax = $1.25
  • Lockers - annual $18.26 + tax = $19.99
  • Open Bowling
  • Adult Card - 25 games $30.00
  • Retired Citizens/Child Card - 25 games $26.25

Racquetball is also available at the Gatlinburg Community Center. Leagues are held on mornings and evenings. The Mountain Madness and USRA Sanctioned tournament are held on the second weekend in December.

Racquetball Hourly Prices

  • Non-prime (before 5:00 p.m./M-F) $2.75 per person
  • Prime Time (after 5:00 p.m. & weekends) $3.75 per person
  • Juniors/retired citizens/disabled $2.75
  • Wallyball (ball/net included) $8.00 per hour
  • Racquetball Card - Prime Time - Open Play - 15 hours $34.00
  • Racquetballs $3.20 per can plus tax = $3.50
  • Racquet Rental $1.14 per hour plus tax = $1.25
  • Ping Pong $0.25/ball
  • Billiards $1.00/30 minutes

GYMNASIUM

Official leagues are offered at the Community Center for the following activities: Dodge ball, 5 on 5 Basketball, 4 on 4 Coed Volleyball, Women's Volleyball.

Gymnasium Rules

  • Any expression of physical or verbal abuse to any staff member or user of facility will result in automatic suspension and/or legal action.
  • Everyone must wear non-marking tennis shoes. No street shoes.
  • No misuse of equipment - restitution will be required.
  • No touching or grabbing rims allowed - automatic two week suspension.
  • No food, drink, smoking or tobacco products allowed in gym.
  • No full court play without prior permission.
  • No profanity.
  • No spitting - automatic two week suspension.
  • Junior goals are only for children 11 years old and younger.
  • No one may leave the gym without a shirt.
  • Any violation of the rules or directives by staff members may result in suspension from Recreation facilities and/or activities. Once you are suspended, you lose the privilege of using the Recreation facilities at the Community Center, City Parks, etc., (including league play at all locations) for the duration of the suspension.

The Gatlinburg Community Center also provides a fitness area.

Tone Zone Prices

  • Daily - $4.00
  • 6-Months - $50.00
  • Monthly - $10.00
  • Yearly - $100.00

Retired Citizen/Disabled Citizens Rates

  • Daily - $3.00
  • 6-Months - 37.50
  • Monthly - $7.00
  • Yearly - $75.00

Aerobex

Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

  • Daily Cost $3.00
  • Yearly Cost $270.00
  • Booklet $25.00 per 12

Retired Citizen and Disabled Citizen Rates:

  • Daily Cost $2.25
  • Yearly Cost $202.50
  • Booklet $18.70

There are many classes offered at the Gatlinburg Community Center. Classes that are offered include; Adult CPR, Child and Infant CPR, Standard First Aid, Scuba, Clogging, Tumbling, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Gymnastics Dance.

Tennis Programs

The three USTA sanctioned tournaments are sponsored by the City of Gatlinburg and held on six hard courts at Mynatt Park.

Junior Tournaments

  • Tennessee Junior Spring Tournament for Boys and Girls
  • Singles for ages 12-14-16 Held the first weekend in May
  • Gatlinburg Junior Championship for Boys and Girls
  • Singles for ages 12-18
  • Held July 4th weekend

Adult Tournaments

  • Gatlinburg Hard Courts Tennis Championship
  • Men and Women Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles
  • Divisions: Open, 30 & 35, 40 & 45, 50 &55
  • Held the last weekend in August

So remember to give us a call when you decide to vacation in Gatlinburg TN. We have many Gatlinburg cabins that you would enjoy. And don't forget...they are near the Gatlinburg TN Community Center.

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