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Gatlinburg Tennessee is a must see for anyone on vacation or looking to buy Real Estate in the Smoky Mountains. Historic Gatlinburg Tennessee combines rustic Smoky Mountain southern charm and the quaint old world appeal of an alpine village all nestled between the majestic mountains of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For years Gatlinburg has been known as the heart of the Smokies because of its location in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. The name is also fitting as the Smokies are now the most popular place in the US where couples get married or renew their wedding vows in wedding chapels throughout Gatlinburg TN.

Gatlinburg TN trolly from Town to the National Park
Gatlinburg trolly runs to town and National Park.
Beautiful view of Smoky Mountains from the Roaring Fork
Great Smoky Mountains view at Roaring Fork.

Gatlinburg has drawn tourists to enjoy the spectacular Smoky Mountains for more than 70 years. Most that visit Gatlinburg come back again and again and many end up buying their own piece of the Smokies. Once you come and experience the Smokies, you will want to make her your home.

With the Smoky Mountains moderate year round weather when you come to Gatlinburg you get to experience the best of all four seasons without the extremes in temperature found elsewhere. Fly fishing and white water rafting in the summer to skiing down Gatlinburg's slopes in the winter, there are always outdoor activities to enjoy in Gatlinburg TN.

Gatlinburg's alpine charm can be seen in the architecture of some of the buildings in town, the "A" frame cabins and chalets, castle like estates perched in the mountains and names such as Ober Gatlinburg, Chalet Village, Baden Drive, Alpine Way, Bavarian Way, Zurich Road, Innsbruck Drive, Edelweiss Drive, Alpenrose, and so on.

Cabins and chalet rentals in Gatlinburg are extremely popular even though there are thousands of hotel and motel rooms in the city limits of Gatlinburg. Some of the most desirable cabin rentals are in the Chalet Village off Ski Mountain Road, Sky Harbor which has easy access to the Spur connecting Gatlinburg, the national park and Pigeon Forge, and the Roaring Fork area adjacent to the river and hills in the Roaring Fork.

Many other great cabins can be found off 321 and Glades Road back in the wilder less developed areas of Gatlinburg which border Sevierville Tennessee where you see horses or cattle grazing in rolling pastures with a backdrop of mountains and wooded areas.

Relatively new to the area Gatlinburg is seeing more condominiums being built for those who wish to get away from the big city and have a vacation home in the Smoky Mountains but don't want the responsibility, maintenance and higher purchase price that a buying a cabin or chalet has.

The areas in Gatlinburg where the best cabin rentals are located are also great locations to purchase a cabin or buy real estate. Buying a cabin in the Smoky Mountains can be an excellent investment for people who love coming back to the Smokies. Gatlinburg real estate prices are still affordable and real estate taxes and insurance costs are extremely low thanks to all the tourist dollars spent in Gatlinburg TN.

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Gatlinburg Tennessee Smokies Weather Report

Gatlinburg Tennessee Weather Report

Gatlinburg has 3 park entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which is the most visited national park in the United States. Two of the Gatlinburg park entrances allow access to areas of the park that can only be seen if you come through Gatlinburg TN.

The first and most popular entrance is the Sugarlands National park entrance which takes you to the Sugarlands Riding Stable where you can rent horses and go horseback riding, the Sugarlands visitor center and the Great Smoky Mountains National park headquarters.

No area is as centrally convenient to all of the most popular areas of the national park as Gatlinburg Tennessee. Turn offs before and at the 441 cross roads will take you to Pigeon Forge Tennessee via the parkway called "The Spur", Newfound Gap road which will take you across the Smoky mountains to Cherokee North Carolina, or Cades Cove and Townsend Tennessee via 73. While driving on 73 to Cades Cove you will pass by Metcalf Bottoms, the Sinks, Elkmont and Tremont.

Roaring Fork is the second entrance to the national park area only accessible from Gatlinburg. The Roaring Fork area of the national park has a beautiful motor trail, preserved historic cabins and buildings, and trailheads to popular hiking trails such as the Rainbow Falls, Grotto Falls, the Roaring Fork Nature Trail, and spectacular Mount Le Conte and the Mt Le Conte Lodge.

Gatlinburg's last entrance to the park the Greenbrier area is also accessible only through Gatlinburg. Here you will also find historic buildings and cemeteries, picnic pavilions, picnic areas and exceptional hiking tails such as the Ramsey Cascades falls, and one of the longest hiking trails that take you to Mount Le Conte. You can also hike to the Roaring Fork area via a trail in Greenbrier.

Indoor and outdoor putt putt Golfing in Gatlinburg TN.
Indoor and outdoor putt putt golf in Gatlinburg.
Ride the famous Tram up to Ober Gatlinburg year round.
Ride the Tram up to Ober Gatlinburg year round.

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There is way more to do than just visit the national park in Gatlinburg. The city is charming and is designed to be pedestrian friendly with numerous crosswalks and benches and hundreds and hundreds of stores, galleries, museums and indoor or outdoor attractions to take advantage of.

Gatlinburg is a place to park you car and casualty stroll through town day or night at you own pace. While you are walking around town don't forget to look up and around at the beautiful views that surround this city. Gatlinburg is working hard to make your stay as enjoyable as possible and is constantly improving their already beautiful city.

Winter in Gatlinburg you will be dazzled at night with the millions of Christmas and holiday lights in an around town during Winterfest the Smokies winter celebration. The town gets decorated for other holidays and watching the Gatlinburg ball drop on New Years Eve has become a tradition many families would never consider breaking.

You won't find large tracts of outlet stores or 8 lane parkways in Gatlinburg. You will find quaint specialty shops some in quiet courtyards and plenty of places to find that special gift for anyone on your list on and off the main road that runs through downtown Gatlinburg.

If you are looking to buy something real special and one of a kind while you are vacationing in Gatlinburg they you can not miss the arts and crafts community which starts on Glades road of 321 and is mile after mile of stained glass shops, candle makers, sculptors, wood carvers, curios, antiques, paintings, native American handicrafts and more tucked in-between farms, cabins and historic homes in the countryside of Gatlinburg and Sevierville.

If all of this activity and shopping is making you hungry, Gatlinburg is the place to be! With so many restaurants in Gatlinburg Tennessee to choose from you are sure to find something for the whole family.

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