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Most Gatlinburg Attractions are in walking distance of the Parkway, which is the main street thru town. Trolley stops are located along the Parkway & cost .50 cents per person to ride (inquire at your lodgings front desk about an all day pass).
Order a FREE Gatlinburg Vacation Guide in advance for a map of the Trolley routes at www.gatlinburg.com . Gatlinburg Vacation Guides can be found at covered Trolley stops, attractions, hotels & restaurants.
The Village - 634 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN. 37738
(865) 436 - 3995
A unique enclave featuring 27 exceptional shoppes, eateries, boutiques, & galleries. Designed to resemble charming old European Village. www.thevillageshops.com
Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) - 1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg. TN 37738 (865) 277 - 8209 www.nocgatlinburg.com Free parking at Traffic light #10 & Trolley stop! Gatlinburg's largest selection of outdoor gear, apparel, footwear,local gifts & guidance for your Smokies adventure! Rock climbing wallfor kids & adults, bike rentals, plus guided hikes, river kayaking, waterfall excursion, white water rafting, guided fly fishing, zip lines & fun activities for the whole family. Book adventures 24/7 online www.noc.com!
Travel only a few miles on Rte. 321 (at Traffic light #3 & the Parkway) until you see their big sign.
Turn LEFT at Traffic light #3A onto the Glades Rd.
The Appalachian culture thrives in this 8-mile motor loop established in 1937, with over 100 nostalgic shops & quaint restaurants. Watch artisans whittle, paint, sew, cast, weave & carve to create original works such as candles, baskets, quilts, brooms, chairs, pottery, jewelry, dolls, ceramics, scrimshaw, silversmithing, leather products, stained glass, wearable fashions, fine photography, framed art, oils, & watercolors.
TIP: catch the YELLOW Trolley at the Ripley's Aquarium, which will take you around the Arts & Crafts loop for 1
low price. Get on & off the Trolley as many times as you wish. This Trolley stops running MUCH earlier than
the others, so be careful not to miss your ride back into town!www.gatlinburgcrafts.com(865) 565 - 7330
Here's just a sample of the many shops along the way:
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail - turn at Traffic light #8 (Historic Nature Trail). Go straight at 3-way stop sign & follow signs. Narrow road is NOT for large vehicles or trainers! Enjoy picnicking, hiking, waterfalls,
explore settlers cabins, streams, scenic overlooks & watch for wildlife.
TIP: stop at Ely's Mill at the end of your journey for authentic & unusual souvenirs, plus
very rustic overnight cabin rentals! www.elysmill.com
Cade's Cove - after Traffic light #10, you will enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Turn RIGHT at the Sugarlands
Visitors Center & follow the road till you reach Cades Cove (45 min. to 1 hour due to winding roads, traffic & max
speed of 35mph). The Cade's Cove 11 mile, one way loop features panoramic views, wildlife including black
bears, an 1800's grist mill, picnicking, bicycle rentals at campground store, plus explore settlers cabins, churches
TIP: The loop is closed to vehicles from 7am - 10am on Wed. & Sat. mornings. For an incredible experience, rent
a bicycle at the camp store to bike the entire loop without traffic interference! Bikes rent fast, so get there
early & wear closed toe shoes (no sandals allowed for rentals). www.cadescovetrading.com
The 'Wye' - about 7 miles from Cade's Cove, you'll see a sign for Townsend. Deep streams converge at that intersection & locals
call it the Wye. There's a small free parking area, but you can also park on the shoulder of the road. Picnicking,
sunbathing, tubing (tube rentals in Townsend), swimming, kayaking, plus jump off the big boulders into the
TIP: Smoky Mountain River Rat has tube rentals & a shuttle that will drop you off at the Wye. Tube down the river
until you reach River Rats OR the shuttle will pick you up on the road anywhere along the river....just in case
you get too tuckered out to make the journey back! www.smokymtnriverrat.com
Townsend - located about 7 miles from Cades Cove & is known as "The Quiet Side of the Smokies" for a reason. If you don't
want all the traffic, trinkets & t-shirt shops..... then THIS is the place for you! Geared more towards nature lovers,
Townsend features tubing (rentals in town), fishing, hiking, bicycle trails, camping, a few shops & restaurants,
horseback riding, plus explore Tuckaleechee caverns & the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. www.smokymountains.org
TIP: The Visitors Center offers various artists showings, plus has clean restrooms & a nicely stocked gift shop!
For overnight lodgings, try the authentic 1800's "Maggie's Cabin" made famous by Dolly Parton!