You may be wondering “Where is Gatlinburg?” Many people combine the entire area of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg all together, but Gatlinburg is actually it’s own destination right next to the national park.
Foothills to the Smoky Mountains: Sevierville, Tennessee
Gatlinburg is located in Sevier County in East Tennessee. A vast majority of the visitors coming to the Smoky Mountain area will pass through Sevierville and Pigeon Forge before reaching Gatlinburg. Here’s some step-by-step details so you know exactly where to find Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg’s Nextdoor Neighbor: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Before getting to Gatlinburg you will pass through Pigeon Forge. Pigeon Forge is 7 miles from Sevierville, and 7 miles to Gatlinburg. Pigeon Forge connects to Gatlinburg via US 441 Southbound. Locals refer to this highway as the ‘Spur.’ The spur travels directly through part of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Final Destination: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Welcome to Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg is located right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is dwarfed by the surrounding mountains. The middle of town is marked by the Space Needle. Gatlinburg has many speciality stores designed with mountain themed decor. Moonshine distilleries are sprinkled throughout downtown, so you can experience southern heritage in a unique way. Interactive and hands-on attractions are scattered in town also, such as Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the Guinness World Record Museum. There are many family owned restaurants throughout town sporting everything from classic Southern cooking to delicious Italian recipes.
A few popular attractions and restaurants in the Gatlinburg area you should check out:
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the major draw for the area, but when you are not exploring our beautiful park, Gatlinburg offers plenty of fun and things to do like:
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
- Smoky Mountain Brewery
- The Shops at the Village
- Pancake Pantry
Whether you’re coming for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or just to relax, Black Bear Inn and Suites will offer you a cozy and city-centric stay. We offer great prices, recommendations on what to do for the day and beautiful views of Gatlinburg and the mountains. Take a look at all of our Gatlinburg hotel rooms to find the best room for your getaway.