iTrekHere Day 4: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

  • What to do in Gatlinburg

We'd arrived in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the early evening of our third day after rapelling in Fort Payne. We had time for a laid-back meal at Mexican restaurant Loco Burro before heading to bed, exhausted from the day's adventures.

Day 3 was all about exploring Gatlinburg. And it's a pretty sweet place to explore.

Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Crockett's Breakfast Camp

Every good day starts with a big breakfast - and we definitely got one of those at Crockett's Breakfast Camp. The whole place has a really cool rustic cabin vibe, with plenty of theming and Wild West-esque decor. But it's not just a novelty - the food here is great too.

We mean - breakfast served in skillets, pancakes the thickness of half a sponge cake? If breakfast's the most important meal of the day, it's safe to say we did it very well indeed.

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Shopping in Gatlinburg

Ripleys Mirror Maze

The day's original plans involved a hike through the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, extreme windy weather put a stop to our active adventure, and instead, we got to delve into Gatlinburg town a little more, exploring exactly what there is to do there. 

Our first stop was a wander around The Village - a stylised shopping space filled with quirky stalls. From 'bear dropping' candles to more appropriate souvenirs, including one amazing candy store, we picked up a couple of Gatlinburg souvenirs to take home. And, of course, some coffee!

Across the road, we spotted Ripley's Mirror Maze, and decided to go inside and experience this fairground style attraction. Making our way through the mirrored walls, we managed to all come out the other side. Although a certain Trekker who will remain nameless, MAY have walked straight into a mirror halfway through...

Cooters, Gatlinburg

Cooters, Gatlinburg

Next up? A trip to Cooters - a Dukes of Hazzard themed go karting and mini golf place.

Trust us, it's just as fun and kooky as it sounds. And it certainly brought out the competitive side of some of our Trekkers!

Ole Smoky Distillery

Ole Smokey Distillery tour, Gatlinburg

Ole Smokey Distillery tour, Gatlinburg

Once we'd had a quick lunch, next on our day's agenda was our first of two (yep, two!) distillery tours. Gatlinburg is known for its moonshine distilleries - legal moonshine, not the sort that apparently makes you blind. Our tour guide took us 'backstage' to show how the moonshine is made from corn mash, and we got to see the various stages of distilling that makes the final product.

And, of course, we got to taste it too! The distillery offers tastings, and we had the opportunity to try out 12 different moonshine varieties. Don't worry - we had very, very tiny sips! Group favourite was definitely the Peach, and quite a few picked up a jar to take home with them. 

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

In a post-moonshine haze, we had a couple of hours free time to explore Gatlinburg a bit more - some of the group chose to relax at our hotel, while others walked up and down the street checking out the fun signage, souvenir shops and other attractions.

We had dinner in the Smoky Mountain Trout House, a small and welcoming restaurant serving up...you guessed it, fresh trout dishes. Traditional and delicious!

Sugarland Distillery

Sugarland Distillery

Our final stop-off for the day's activities was Sugarlands Distillery, for more moonshine! They sure do love their moonshine here...and we definitely did too!

Gatlinburg was such a fun place to experience - it's unlike anywhere else, and has tons to do and see, from hiking in the mountains to sipping on moonshine.

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