Gatlinburg Journals

Gatlinburg's White Water

A July 2003 trip to Gatlinburg by Reidie

Quote: To start off our family vacation this year we headed to Gatlinburg to try out whitewater rafting in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Big Pigeon River.

Gatlinburg's White Water

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Overview

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The high point of our trip was White Water Rafting. It was a great family adventure and the kids are wanting to repeat the experience as soon as possible. We picked a trip with Class III and IV rapids and, of course, no experience necessary. I managed to fall in the boat instead of out, which was a good thing as the water was sooooo cold even in July. We enjoyed the Gatlinburg SkyLift which gave you a beautiful view of the Great Smoky Mountains and the city during the day. At night, the town is lit up but the view isn't as awesome. Your picture is taken, so smile whether you like heights or not. Ober-Gatlinburg is a Ski Resort & Amusement Park. A overhead Tram takes you up where there ...Read More
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We chose a townhouse with a loft that included a king bed on the loft, TV, private bathroom, balcony, and was very spacious. The living room had a couch and a pullout double bed. A full kitchen and another bathroom was off the living room. Our room opened onto the pool, which was very nice. The room was older but it was wonderful. The location was a great downtown area in the midst of everything. Other types of rooms available were basic rooms or tower rooms with two queens and a balcony. There were different sections of the motel. A bridge connected them and you walked over a shopping area. Wood burning fireplaces were available and they supply the wood if you visit in c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Midtown Lodge
805 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-5691

Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Attraction | "Gatlinburg SkyLift"

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You ride a chairlift to the top. The scenery is gorgeous. Near the top a mountain man tells you to smile and takes your photo. Photos can be purchased at the top for $10.

There is a gift shop at the top and an area to relax and enjoy the view. When you are ready you can get in line to ride the chairlift down the mountain.

It is best to go near dusk so you can enjoy the beautiful mountains, but can also stay long enough to see the town lit up on your way down.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Gatlinburg Sky Lift
765 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-4307

Hillbilly Golf

Attraction

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Hillbilly Golf is advertised as America's Most Unusual Miniature Golf Course and it was different than anything I've ever played before. You ride the incline up the side of the mountain and at the top, you have a choice of going left or right to play one of the two courses.

The course goes down the side of the mountain and when you finish your game you wait at the tram station to be picked up and taken back down the hill.

Kids and seniors are only $6 instead of the adult ticket price of $8.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Hillbilly Golf
340 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-7470

Rafting in the Smokies

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Attraction

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We checked in and were outfitted with oars, safety jackets, helmets. Guides made sure our equipment was on correctly and gave us safety instructions. We took the trip on the Big Pigeon River with 12 Class III and 2 Class IV Rapids. Rapids are rated from I-VI. The trip was five miles long and took 90 minutes. Children must be at least 8 years old and 60 lbs. Float trips were also offered and trips on Ocoee River (said to be most challenging whitewater river in southeast) and Nantahala River. The cost for five was $201. We were assigned a guide and met our raft partners. We loaded onto a bus with rafts on top. When we reached the river, we unloaded as guides put the rafts into the water. The wat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2003

Rafting in the Smokies
PO Box 592
Gatlinburg, Tennessee