The Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee are a main tourism destination for millions each year and the reasons for that are not surprising – within just 30 minutes driving distance from Deer Ridge can get you hundreds of attractions, restaurants, things to do and special events between Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Cosby, TN. Our tourism industry caters very strongly to two types of tastes – those who come to the Smokies for the rides, thrills and adrenaline and those who to the Smokies for the calm, quiet and exquisite nature of the region – and no matter what you want to enjoy while on vacation, you will find it here at Deer Ridge and in short distance from us.
On this page, we’ll provide a starting place for area information and links that will be useful in putting together an idea of what you can do not far from your condo at Deer Ridge and an idea of the area itself if you are unfamiliar with it. Let’s begin!
The City of Gatlinburg – Background
The city of Gatlinburg is located 15-20 minutes down the road from Deer Ridge in Cobbly Nob and can be described as largely being three parts: Downtown Gatlinburg where an overwhelming majority of the attractions, development, restaurants and events go on in one clustered area; Highway 321 that connects downtown Gatlinburg to Cosby, TN, which is more spread out and is largely comprised of shopping and restaurants along with local needs like grocery stores, gyms, hardware stores and others (it’s also the main road that you will use to get from Deer Ridge to Gatlinburg and vice versa); and the Arts and Crafts Community of the Glades which is also off of Highway 321, is comprised of a very unique shopping “loop” as well as some of the most gorgeous scenery in the area. From Gatlinburg, you can connect to Pigeon Forge on two different roads, you can connect to Sevierville via Pittman Center Road, and you can connect to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Highway 441 (the main road between Pigeon Forge and Downtown Gatlinburg) or from stoplight #10 in downtown Gatlinburg.
Gatlinburg is one of the main entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States with yearly visitor totals going in the millions or tens of millions. The park is an enormous, densely wooded and heavily mountainous biome with lush foliage that people cross oceans to get to see during the Spring and especially during the Fall when the fall color change makes for miles and miles of brightly colored hills and a feast of spectral visions for the trees and areas you’ll see up close. Dozens of hiking trails are made available for the general public throughout the National Park and other attractions, such as Sugarlands Visitor Center, exist for your education and entertainment as well.
Attractions in Gatlinburg
- Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
- Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
- Guinness World Records Adventure
- Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
- Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park
- The Captured – A Live Escape Experience
- Zip Gatlinburg
- Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery
- Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies
- World Of Illusions
- Anakeesta Aerial Adventure Park
- Christ In The Smokies Museum
- The Gatlinburg Space Needle
Restaurants in Gatlinburg
- Bennett’s Pit BBQ
- Alamo Steakhouse
- Log Cabin Pancake House
- Crystelle Creek
- The Cherokee Grill
- Blaine’s Grill And Bar
- The Melting Pot
- Smoky Mountain Trout House
- Tom & Earl’s Back Alley Grill
- Best Italian Cafe And Pizzeria
- Pancake Pantry
- Split Rail Eats
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- Howard’s Steakhouse
- Ole Red Gatlinburg
- Three Jimmys
- The Peddler Steakhouse
- Smoky Mountain Brewery
- The Park Grill