Finally Coming Back to the Smokies? Here’s What You Missed…

Missing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, the pine smell throughout the log cabin, the sound of bluegrass beats lining the mountain air, the excitement of unique attractions in town, and the Southern flavors that make your mouth water? Yeah…Smoky Mountain withdrawals are real, and you’ve got ‘em bad. But there’s good news — you can always return! And if you haven’t been to the Smokies in a while, check out what’s NEW in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area.

NEW Attractions

Gatlinburg SkyBridge | As the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, take a walk on the wild side across the Gatlinburg SkyBridge with panoramic mountain views and a glass bottom at the height of your journey at 140 feet in the air.

Anakeesta | An aerial adventure park that just keeps growing bigger and better, Anakeesta showcases the magic in the mountains with shops and eateries at Firefly Village, nature walks through the tree canopy, duel ziplining, a botanical garden, and much more!

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show | Ahoy, landlubbers! Watch and cheer as the Sapphire and Crimson pirate crews duke it out in the air, on ships, and in the sea for Davey Jones’ sunken treasure — all with a 4-course feast to boot — at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show.

Soaky Mountain Waterpark | Coming soon! Soaky Mountain Waterpark (love the pun) broke ground on 50 acres and will feature a 35,000-square-foot wave pool, thrilling water slides, a massive wave river, kids’ play area, a water obstacle course, and oh-so-much more!

National Enquirer Live! | Sharing the behind the scenes of headline hits, the National Enquirer Live! attraction in Pigeon Forge features a red carpet room with paparazzi, a human kaleidoscope that shows all the angles, gallery and cover rooms, Bigfoot’s lair, and even a Kim Kardashian selfie station.

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster | Boasting 4 uplifts, 4 tunnels, and 4 drops, the Rocky Top Mountain Coaster claims 4 times the fun when you hop aboard and soar up to 30 miles per hour around 20+ acres. And we highly recommend riding at night when the course lights up the forest!

NEW Additions

Wildwood Grove at Dollywood | Adding to the mountain theme park fun, Wildwood Grove is a gorgeous expansion at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Centered around the Wildwood Tree, this enchanting area features exciting rides, live music, whimsical characters, a play place, and a restaurant.

Triple the Fun at Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park | Not 1, not 2, but 3 additions made their way to Sevier Air! Hop into a video game with ValoJump, jump clear of the cushioned bar as it swings around in the Wipeout zone, and team up to hit your opponents’ targets in Dodge Attack.

Escape Rooms at Crave Golf Club | In addition to putt-putting on the roof and downing sugary treats, Crave Golf Club now offers the ever-popular escape rooms. Save your submarine…and your lives. Or cure the Zombyte virus…before it’s too late.

Life Jackets Exhibit at Titanic Museum Attraction | On display through December 2019, the new life jackets exhibit showcases the largest collection of remaining life jackets from the RMS Titanic. And with only 12 verified life jackets from the ship in the world, the 6 displayed here is worth seeing.

NEW Restaurants

Landshark Bar & Grill | New in Gatlinburg, Landshark Bar & Grill offers a taste of the sea in the mountains, with hot options like fish tacos, Cajun salmon, and shrimp dishes. Plus, there are grill favs, like burgers, Hawaiian sirloin, and Jamaican jerk chicken.

Split Rail Eats | Breakfast, lunch, and brunch can be found at Split Rail Eats in Gatlinburg. Tasty options include avocado toast, a Greek breakfast or taco tater bowl, chicken fritters, fried chicken sandwich, fried pickles, a veggie wrap, and portabella burger.

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen | Serving up a little South in your mouth, Mama’s Chicken Kitchen boasts 8-20 piece fried chicken buckets, mac and cheese, creamed corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, coleslaw, and wings!

J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe | Fresh ingredients make up the mouthwatering sandwiches at J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe in Gatlinburg. Choose a specialty from the menu, like the Philly cheesesteak sub or Reuben sandwich, or create your own however you please!

Ole Red | More than a place to eat, Ole Red is a dining and drinking experience, harboring a live performance stage, dance floor, 2-story bar, an outside terrace, and souvenir shop. Groove to country beats with a beer in hand plus chicken and waffles, burgers, queso dip, and more!

What are you waiting for?! Book your cabin, pack your bags, and head to the Great Smoky Mountains — they’ve missed YOU, too!


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