Anyone who has vacationed in Gatlinburg, TN can attest that our Smoky Mountain city is home to an almost overwhelming amount of things to see and do! One of the best ways to explore Gatlinburg is to visit it’s most famous landmarks. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Jackson Mountain Homes has put together a guide to five Gatlinburg landmarks you don’t want to miss:
1. Gatlinburg Space Needle
The Space Needle is the most iconic feature of the Gatlinburg skyline. At 407 feet tall, the Gatlinburg Space Needle offers tremendous views from its observation deck. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular panorama of both the city and the Great Smoky Mountains. Complementary view finders allow you to zoom in on your favorite sights for a closer look. In addition to its observation deck, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is also home to an arcade, theater, escape game, and pizza restaurant.
2. Historic Ogle Log Cabin
Visitors to Gatlinburg can still see the very first log cabin to ever be built in the city! When you stop by the Gatlinburg Welcome Center, be sure to check out the Historic Ogle Log Cabin. Constructed in 1807, this cabin was home to the Ogle family, the first European Americans to make their home in Gatlinburg, or as it was known then “White Oak Flats”. The cabin and the Welcome Center are located at 520 Parkway.
3. Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is another one of the most beloved Gatlinburg landmarks. When you drive along this 5.5 mile one way loop road, you will see gorgeous forest scenery, rushing streams, beautiful mountain views, and historic cabins. The Motor Nature Trail is also a popular destination for spotting some of the area’s signature wildlife, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for black bears and turkeys along the road! Please note that the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is closed during the winter.
4. Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
Located on the Gatlinburg Bypass, the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook is the perfect place to take a vacation photo! Thousands of people pull over at this overlook each year to pose for a picture with the city of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in the background. What makes this vantage point so unique is the dramatic contrast in elevation between the city and the Smokies. While the city has an elevation of around 1,300 feet, Mount LeConte (the highest mountain peak that is completely within the state of Tennessee) is 6,593 feet tall. The difference in elevation between the city and Mount LeConte is one vertical mile, which is the biggest contrast in elevation in the eastern United States!
5. The Village
The Village is the most picturesque shopping area in Gatlinburg. Located behind the Pancake Pantry, The Village has a very distinctive look that is reminiscent of a quaint European village, complete with brick walking paths and a lovely fountain. Visitors will find 27 unique shops to explore at The Village. Whether you’re looking for pottery, hiking gear, clothing, toys, or a sweet treat, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at The Village.
When you stay with Jackson Mountain Homes, you will be just a short drive from all of the best Gatlinburg landmarks. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins for romantic retreats to 11 bedroom lodges for family reunions, we are sure to have the perfect accommodations for your vacation. To start planning your next getaway, browse our selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals!