Gatlinburg Journals

Tree Tops Gatlinburg April '04

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!

Tree Tops Gatlinburg April '04

Overview

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The weather was fine in the third week of April, with high temperatures in the 70s. Heated pools allowed for swimming outside each day. In Great Smoky National Park, there are many options. Waterfalls and rushing rivers abound. Cades Cove is a slice of history and Americana, so don't miss it. Tree Tops Resort is a fine location a medium-long walk to the main strip of Gatlinburg. There you can board a trolley to go anywhere. The aquarium was a high point – it offered unique presentations and was well staffed. The kids loved it and we will visit again.Quick Tips: Wal-Mart in Pigeon Forge has everything you might need. There are good markets in Gatlinburg, too, and they’re m...Read More

Tree Tops Resort

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Roaring Fork River! It's right out your door about 20 paces. Picturesque and provides a low "roar" for the background of your videos! Motor Nature Trail ends at your doorstep, but starts further south into Gatlinburg...going through the Great Smoky N.P. past some very nice waterfalls and views. Best Things About the Resort:Location, location, location. You are minutes from downtown, but you are off the strip and secluded. Staff was great. Unit was a bit older than some, but more than adequate.Resort Experience:As you drive up the hill the Roaring Fork is at your left. The road is narrow and you might feel slightly cramped by an oncomi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2004

Tree Tops Resort
290 Sherman Clabo Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-6559

Calhoun's BBQ

Restaurant | "Calhoun's BBQ (a Tennessee Restaurant Chain)"

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Calhoun's is a chain in Tennessee and we have eaten at the one in Nashville. The one in Gatlinburg had excellent ambience with lots of lodge-style wood and a huge fireplace. A huge waterwheel adorns the main entrance in reference to the original Calhoun’s, which is on the Tennessee River in Knoxville (?).

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

Calhoun's BBQ
1004 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
(865) 436-4100

Dollywood

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Attraction

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On a Monday in early spring, there were no crowds. We had a blast on a beautiful warm day. Water rides get you soaked here. The train ride on the historic train was great and good fun for all.

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

Dollywood
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863
(865) 428-9488