Activities in Gatlinburg, TN

From shopping and dining to outdoor trails, go-carting, and so much more, there’s an endless amount of attractions, places to explore, and fun activities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and in the surrounding areas. You’ll never have a dull moment when you visit this beautiful area! Start with a trip to the famous Great Smoky Mountains, discover unique dining options, and finally take a relaxing stroll throughout the beautiful downtown area. 

One of the most popular tourist destinations and activities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountains are located in Pigeon Forge, just a short distance away from Gatlinburg. Other outdoor activities around this area include amazing places to hike that feature waterfalls, zip swing parks, and even an outdoor observation building. Gatlinburg is also well-known for having unique dining options that you can’t find anywhere else. 

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, a romantic trip for two, or a fun family vacation, this area offers endless adventures and fun for all ages and personalities. Let us help you explore the great outdoors with our top ten restaurants and hiking destination recommendations in this area. We make it simple for you to visit this area through our vacation cabin and condo rentals. View our properties to see in what communities our rental vacation cabins are located.  

Discover the many fun and relaxing activities in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 

Top 10 Restaurants 

We’ve created a comprehensive list of the top ten restaurants near the Gatlinburg, Tennessee, area. Whether you’re looking for the best breakfast diner, a romantic wine-and-dine spot, or homemade Southern-style cuisine, you’ll have many restaurant options to choose from. 

Places to HIKE 

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful and scenic hiking trails near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. From parks to breathtaking waterfalls and river views, the natural offerings in the area are unlike anything else you’ll find across in the country. 

Top 10 Restaurants

Old Mill Square

$$ • Southern Cuisine

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner…Old Mill earns its reputation as one of the top restaurants in Pigeon Forge.


$$ • Authentic Cuban restaurant

Smokies Cuban Cafe offers a plate to compliment everyone palate. There is dine in, take out and catering available.


$$ • Wine & Dine

Local Goat is Pigeon Forge’s best restaurant for craft food and drinks. Our kitchen is a scratch kitchen specializing in locally sourced.

Alamo Steak House

$$ • Wine & Dine

In 1991, we opened Bennett’s Pit BBQ in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Since then, our family has grown to 7 unique concepts in 11 locations throughout Pige

JT Hannah's Kitchen

$$ • blaine's grill & bar

Order from our All-American menu and try the best tastes in Tennessee! You’ll drool over one of our delicious burgers or deluxe sandwiches.

Sawyer's Farmhouse Breakfast

$$ • Breakfast Special

We have freshly whipped butter that melts easily over the waffles and pancakes covered in our warm homemade syrups. For lunch we offer a selection of

Calhoun's in Pigeon Forge

$$ • “Best Ribs in America.”

Calhoun's continues to win numerous local and regional awards for ribs and BBQ

Mel's Classic Diner

$$ • classic 50’s diner

Mel’s Classic Diner, a Pigeon Forge Restaurant, has been offering its guests a classic 50’s diner experience with great american classic food for many

Pigeon Forge Deli



Lil Black Bear Cafe

$$ • American breakfast & lunch

Small, homey daytime eatery known for its comforting American breakfast & lunch fare, plus coffee.

Places to HIKE

Baskins Creek Falls

$$ • Waterfall

A steep trail leads down to this scenic, remote waterfall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gatlinburg Trail Trailhead

$$ • River views & a footbridge

Dog-friendly park featuring a wooded 3.8-mi. round trip path with river views & a footbridge.

Ramsey Cascades Trail

$$ • Water View

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ramsey Cascades Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gatlinburg

Grotto Falls

$$ • Waterfall

A 3-mile trail runs through forest & behind this 25-foot waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg Space Needle

$$ • Tower in Gatlinburg

The tower has an outdoor observation level that provides a 360 degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the city of Gatlinburg.

Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

$$ • Tourist Attraction

The "roar" of the water is amplified by its echo on surrounding mountain ridges.

Mills Park

$$ • Park

Mill Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 19 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district.

Mynatt Park

$$ • Park

Park with a children's fishing stream, playground, pavilion & multiple sport courts.

Adventure works Climb Zip Swing

$$ • Tourist attraction

Adventure Park is the perfect challenge for families, teams and adventurers of all ages! After completing our thorough safety training, you can choose