An April 2004 trip
to Gatlinburg by artmanr
Quote: Treetops is located on the side of a Smoky Mountain foothill along the Roaring Fork River. Nice units and amenities. The development is older but well kept. The Gatlinburg area has something for everyone. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a must see. Get out of the car and hike a few trails!
The small parking lot near the resort office is for arriving/departing guests only. Your check in is short. Information is available on printed handouts to guide you to stores, restaurants, hikes, drives and things to do. Staff is nice.
There are several buildings on one side of the road and one (bldg.4) on the other. Three outdoor pools/one indoor. I was in building 8 and it had a pool area with a medium sized pool, a kiddie pool and nice hot tub. Plenty of seating and pool chairs.
Gas grills were available for outdoor cooking and picnic tables provided for sitting. A nice kids’ playground area is available with slides and climbing to wear down the kiddies.
Our unit inside was nicely appointed and furnished. Large two-bedroom, two-bath unit with full kitchen and living room/dining room combo. Nice big fireplace too. TVs in living room and master bedroom. Master bath had a jacuzzi, but it was older and a bit long in the tooth. Otherwise, unit was great.
You get the feeling that you are in "nature" at this resort. Maybe it's the river or the trees or the mountains rising above you...or perhaps the birds chirping, the flowers and the nice landscaping...or maybe it's because you ARE in nature. A nice natural setting for a resort. We liked it very much. We became owners last year and will probably exchange our floating red week next year, but will return again...and again.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2004
Tree Tops Resort
290 Sherman Clabo Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
Restaurant | "Calhoun's BBQ (a Tennessee Restaurant Chain)"
The food was tasty and there is an appetizer that was yummy with cheese and bread for dipping -- nothing fancy here. Barbeque favorites abound, so relax and enjoy. Also they have their own microbrew beer, which was very tasty. Kids meals were typical, but served in a cardboard "convertible," which the kids liked.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2004
The terrain is relatively flat with some small hills. Trees provide some shade.
A nice tip for those on a budget is to take the trolley from behind the Old Mill area just off the strip. It costs $.25 per person each way, but you don't have to pay to park in the lot at Dollywood and it drops off/picks up right at the entrance to the park.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2004
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
Downers Grove, Illinois