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minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior MemberPosts: 765 Senior Member
I know we have a few folks from eastern Tennessee on the forum, we are heading there on Monday for vacation.  Staying in the Sevierville area.  Need some suggestions on a few things to do in the area.  What are the must see/must do things?  

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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,068 Senior Member
    Smoky Mtn Knife Works
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,637 Senior Member
    Great Smokey Mountains Nat'l park is a must see. The town of Cherokee on the other side is worth a visit. Avoid Gatlinburg, its a crowded tourist trap - although you'll have to go through it to get to the park. Dollywood is a tourist trap too - but might be worth a visit if you're into her music.
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,068 Senior Member
    If you get the chance to go to Cherokee, the long running drama, "Unto These Hills" tells the story of the Cherokees, still in NC. I've seen it twice, once as a kid, and once a few years ago as an adult. I enjoyed it both times. During the day, they also have a Cherokee village set up and running where you can see how they used to live.
    Also, once you get through Gatlinburg, and into the mountains, the view are FANTASTIC
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,705 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Smoky Mtn Knife Works
    Been there----can get some good deals 
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,620 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    Smoky Mtn Knife Works
    Yes! You "need" a Spyderco automatic. 
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,395 Senior Member
    Clingman's Dome is a pretty steep, but not long, hike and on a concrete walk. Highest point and a great observation deck. Great views of the mountains from there. Take water with ya, as you'll get thirsty on the climb. Cade's Cove is a must see for the wildlife. Deer, black bears, and elk, and lots of assorted smaller critters. And they maintain the old homesteads and the two churches there. And the cantilever barn is a must see.
    Smoky Mountain Knife Works is a good place to spend some coin; lots of stuff you didn't know you needed. :smiley:
    There's a casino in Cherokee. 
    If you stop to eat at the roadside tables, watch out for black bears. Not supposed to feed them but some touristers do, and they can be pretty insistent about the food handouts. And don't leave food in the vehicle; some of the bears are repeat offenders busting out side windows to get at it, and that would include any food wrappers from eating in the vehicle. Dispose of it quick.
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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,291 Senior Member
    edited July 22 #8
    I love Cades Cove.

    Haven't been in 6-7 yrs but there use to be 1 or 2 factory oulet shopping centers in Pigeon Forge if you want to shop.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,068 Senior Member
    Just checked and this year's production of "Unto These Hills" has been cancelled due to covid  :'(
    https://visitcherokeenc.com/play/attractions/unto-these-hills-outdoor-drama/
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Great Smokey Mountains Nat'l park is a must see. The town of Cherokee on the other side is worth a visit. Avoid Gatlinburg, its a crowded tourist trap - although you'll have to go through it to get to the park. Dollywood is a tourist trap too - but might be worth a visit if you're into her music.

    If you want to go to the national park without going through Gatlinburg there is a bypass that will get you around the worst of the traffic.  Summer traffic in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge can be downright horrendous.  Might not be as bad this year due to COVID.  Dollywood is a Smoky Mountains/Appalachians themed theme park that has grown quite a bit since my wife worked there 30 years ago.  We will often visit it when in the area (my wife's family lives in Sevierville).  I agree with RugerFan, Cade's Cove is a good place to visit.  If you like European Alps style cable cars you can ride one from Gatlinburg to the top of one of the mountains above to a place called Ober Gatlinburg.  Clingman's Dome is a good place to visit if you don't mind a steep hike from the parking lot.  Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is also a good visit.
  • BamaakIIBamaakII Posts: 273 Member
    Last time we were there, we rented a UTV and a Polaris UTVs are legal on the streets and no MC license needed for the slingshot.  We drove up the road that leads to the highest spot in the park and it was great.  It dropped like 30 degrees in temp.  Beautiful drive and the slingshot is a blast on those twisty roads.  Lots of new stuff since the fires a few years ago.  Buds is there, you can rent full autos there if you please.  The knife store already mentioned is huge..If you like coasters, try an alpine slide, they are everywhere now.  We liked the one at Goats on the roof, yes it's a place.  Take a picnic lunch in the park, especially on a hot day.
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