Things to do in Gatlinburg- For Kids!

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When vacationing in Gatlinburg, many visitors look for something fun to do with their kids. There are a range of activities to participate in from hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to riding bumper cars in downtown Gatlinburg. There are many cheap or free things to do in Gatlinburg also if you are on a budget. At the Nantahala Outdoor Center right before the National Park in downtown Gatlinburg, kids can climb the rock wall while you shop for new camping gear.Climbing_with_NOC_(001) The NOC is a great place for the whole family. There are several Ripley’s attractions throughout downtown Gatlinburg  including Ripley’s Aquarium in the Smokies with an interactive kids area, live mermaid diving shows and a specially designed kid friendly penguin exhibit, Davy penguinsCrockett mini golf, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Marvelous Mirror Maze and Candy store, Ripley’s Moving Theater, Ripley’s Fun Zone, and the famous Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. Ober Gatlinburg also has a lot to offer not only in the winter months, but in the summer months as well. Ride the Aerial Tramway from downtown Gatlinburg up to Ober Gatlinburg and enjoy the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains. After you get to the top, visit the Wildlife Encounter where you can see Bears. While on your visit to Ober Gatlinburg spend a few hours Ice Skating, ride the Alpine Slide, the Scenic Chairlift, the Blue Cyclone Rapids water slide and Ober’s Lightin’ Raft Ride and alpine slideShoot-the-Chute. There is also a fun-filled Amaze’n Maze and a Kiddie Land and Rides for children.

Gatlinburg also offers Zip-lining, Whitewater Rafting, hiking, biking, horseback riding and fishing noc raftingspots. You may book zip-lining and white water rafting trips through the NOC in downtown Gatlinburg as well as rent bicycles for the day and get information about where to go fishing. The Sugarlands Visitors Center is also a great place to take your children for free where the whole family can learn about the history of the park and go through the wildlife museum inside the Visitors Center. Get information about the Junior Ranger program and the activities that your children may participate in for free. Cades Cove is also an excellent place to take your family in the park. Take a ranger led hayride through Cades Cove for $14.00 per person.


Mynatt Park, one of Gatlinburg’s City parks, is near downtown Gatlinburg. Take the family to the park for a picnic lunch, to play in the river, play on the jungle gym, or even play a fun game of tennis or basketball. All kids live candy, so while downtown visit any of the local Candy stores where the candy is made on site. Watch Saltwater Taffy being made at Ole Smoky’s Candy Kitchen.


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A Walk on the North Side through Gatlinburg, TN

If you plan on visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee, make sure to attend an event called Walk on the North Side. This small mountain village provides a great opportunity for you to get out of your car and walk. Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere while strolling through Gatlinburg. There are numerous shops and eateries that are only footsteps away.

When planning your trip, consider staying in a Gatlinburg cabin. This quaint town is the perfect place for a relaxing trip. The Walk on the North Side occurs on the fourth weekend of every month. Make sure to plan your trip accordingly. This event features unique shopping, live entertainment and skill demonstrations. Along with that, the event also hosts children’s activities.

Gatlinburg plans special events throughout the Parkway. For example, there may be wine tastings and artist demonstrations. If you enjoy walking, Gatlinburg is the place to be on the fourth weekend of every month. It’s a picturesque town that has plenty of activities.

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Things To Do: Gatlinburg Fun For The Kids- Part 2

Subscribe to A Day In The Smokies!Our first article on Gatlinburg Fun For The Kids, published nearly 2 years ago has been extremely popular, so we decided to send some more kid friendly ideas your way! Some of these are repeats from the last article (they were just too good to leave out!), but we will include some fresh ideas as well! This article is a collaboration between a mom who has used her kid to test out pretty much all of these places, and a young lady who is still a kid at heart!

The self-proclaimed amusement park of the mind, WonderWorks is one of my child’s favorite destinations.  You can experience an earthquake, scale a rock face, explore outer space, design a roller coaster, ride an extreme 360 degree bike, or put your self in a bubble of your own making.  Did I mention the building is upside down? “WonderWorks takes family fun to new heights with the World’s Largest Indoor Ropes Course. Standing 50 feet tall, visitors will climb 4 stories of ropes as they encounter over 50 different obstacles and activities; including swinging steps, lily pads, a tremor bridge and more. Conquer your fears and get an adrenaline rush. This exciting experience is included in the price of General Admission. Closed shoes required for this experience and proper dress required. No skirts permitted. Must be at least 42″ ( 3’6″ ) with an adult or 48″ ( 4′ ) to participate alone. Maximum height is 80″ ( 6’8” ). Maximum weight limit is 300lbs and you must safely fit in the harness.” Your kids won’t want to leave (and neither will you). Stop by our office (207 Parkway) & pick up a coupon.

Dollywood & Splash CountryDollywood & Splash Country
Dollywood is geared for family fun all year long, with roller coasters for the big kids, traditional fair rides and games for all ages, and several attractions specifically for the little bitties! Come during KidFest for extra special fun for the kids with shows, booths, and demonstrations specifically geared for the kids! I am particularly looking forward to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 4D (as you’ve probably noticed if you’ve been following this blog)! Opening on Memorial Day weekend, Splash Country brings a whole new world of water adventure to the scene and is definitely fun for the kids.

The Track The Track
“The Track is your family headquarters for fun in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Our action–packed family fun recreation center, with many amusements, FEATURES the ultimate in go kart tracks, like The Wild Woody, a three–tiered go kart/roller coaster hybrid. Race your kart around our large figure eight style Track. Challenge your friends and family to exciting themed miniature golf, splash ‘em on Blaster Boats, and smash ‘em on Bumper Cars. Test your courage from the top of our Bungee Jumping Tower, or enjoy the thrill of a skydiving effect on The SkyFlyer! Visit Kids Country for your kid’s activities, which feature the following: The Rio Grande Train, The Carousel, The Red Baron Planes ride, The Spin Tops, The Swing, The Ferris Wheel, and The Noah’s Lark Swinging Boat! Also featured are two smaller go kart tracks better known as The Kiddie Karts and The Rookie Karts. Whether you are local here or on vacation, consider having your kid’s birthday party here with us. Maybe you are a part of a large group? We would be happy to put a vacation package together for your particular needs.”

Horseback RidingHorseback Riding
Isn’t it every child’s dream to have a horse or a pony? Whether you are blessed enough to be able to provide that privilege to your children or not, we are sure they would enjoy a chance to ride one, even if it’s not theirs! Especially if your child is a nature-lover, don’t miss the opportunity to experience riding in the Smokies, with the beauty of woods, flowers, and wildlife all around. There are tons of great places to ride around here, offering differing types of rides trails, from beginner to advanced. For tons of great horseback riding ideas, visit our Horseback Riding! post.

Ripley's Mirror Maze & Candy FactoryCandy Shops
The health-nut, mom-ish side of me says, “Candy stores! Stay away!” But the sugar-loving, kid-at-heart side of me says, “Oooooooo! CANDY!” And we’re sure your kid will say the same! There are so many enthralling candy stores around here, it’s really hard to pick! Dollywood has its Sweet Shoppe, where they make homemade candies of every variety and also offer colorful novelty candies sure to catch the eyes of your kids. Ripley’s also offers a Candy Factory where kids can mix and match their selections from every type of candy imaginable. Watch them make taffy the old-fashioned way at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen in the Village Shops near traffic light #6. My personal favorite is Aunt Mahalia’s Candy at light #5, where not only do they have delicious homemade (“made in small batches!”)candies of every kind, from taffy to fudge, but they even provide a wide selection of extremely delicious sugar-free candies! So whether you’re a health-nut, a diabetic, or you’re just trying to keep your kids from getting so hyper, there’s hope for you yet!  

Ober GatlinburgOber Gatlinburg
 If you are coming in the winter, Ober Gatlinburg is one of the obvious winter activities, providing a venue for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and more! As I’m writing this, though, its Spring, and you may not know that Ober Gatlinburg is a year round attraction! This time of year you can still enjoy the aerial tramway, alpine slide, ice skating, wildlife encounters, scenic chairlift, Amaze’N Maze, a carousel, chair swing ride, Blue Cyclone Rapids water slide (in the summer), Kiddie Land & Rides, mini golf, arcade, and raft & shoot rides. Come enjoy the Spring and Summer side of Ober! 

Camel RidesCamel Rides
Maybe horseback riding is not quite enough of a novelty for your children. For something a little more exotic, try camel rides out in front of the Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge! “The ride includes a 6×8 souvenir photo with one of our extraordinary camels that is used in the actual production based on the life of Christ. This is fun for the entire family! Get up close and personal with our friendly dromedaries.” This is the Miracle Theater’s last season, though, so make sure to come this year!

Smoky Mountain Field SchoolSmoky Mountain Field School
The Smoky Mountain Field School offers high-quality workshops, hikes, and adventures for students of all ages who want to enhance their enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of the Smokies and the great outdoors. Family Programs are available specifically to provide a fun and educational experience to include the little ones. Just a few examples of upcoming classes are: Sensational Salamanders, Exploring Stream Life In The Smokies, Wildflowers and Trees With the Family, and Storytelling. Make sure you register ahead of time!

Junior Ranger ProgramsJunior Ranger Program
Kids—if you’re between the ages of 5-12, you can become a Junior Ranger! Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet for $2.50 at any park visitor center or at the Cades Cove or Elkmont campground. Complete the activities in the booklet then stop by a visitor center to talk to a ranger and receive your Junior Ranger badge.  You can become a Junior Ranger at any time of year, but during spring, summer, and fall, ranger-led Junior Ranger programs are offered especially for children. Read through the schedule of ranger-led programs to find these special Junior Ranger programs. 

The Comedy BarnComedy Barn
This theater, located in Pigeon Forge just a short 10 – 15 minute drive from downtown Gatlinburg,  is the award-winning family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains.  The side-splitting show features magicians, fire-eaters, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live music AND barn yard animals. My child had soda squirting out his nostrils during this one–clearly he thought it was hilarious.

Rafting and Other Adventurous Vacation IdeasRafting & Tubing
In my experience, a summer in my childhood was not complete without a rafting trip! If you and your children love thrill and adventure, look no further than a day of white water rafting! You will be an irreplaceable member of your rafting team, as you learn to paddle together according to your guide’s instructions! Experience the thrill of making it through those roaring rapids, and in the intensity, don’t forget to look at the gorgeous creation around you! If you are more interested in viewing the creation and less interested in thrill and adventure, perhaps tubing is for you! Enjoy a lovely afternoon floating down a calmer section of a creek or small river as you gaze at the beautiful surroundings! Either way, don’t forget the sunscreen! There are tons of places around here that can provide these aquatic adventures for you! Here are just a few: Smoky Mountain Outdoors, Rafting in the Smokies, and Nantahala Outdoor Center.

Rent A Cabin!Rent a Cabin
Kids love games, and especially on vacation. Rent the beautiful At Trails End to enjoy a pool table and pin ball machine. Pointe of Grace provides air hockey and a shuffle board table. Or if your children love those video games, try Cub’s Crossing or Moose Crossing, both of which come with a Play Station 2 & XBox (a few games are in the cabin, but I’m sure your kids will want to bring their own favorites, or rent some from the local video store).  A cabin is cheaper than you think, and if you count the savings of having a fully equipped kitchen, premium movie channels, pool table & swimming pool access (at some units), some cabins could be considered cost-efficient, pre-planned vacations within themselves.

We hope this has provided some more inspiration for your kid-friendly vacation! For more ideas see our previous post Things To Do: Gatlinburg Fun For The Kids.

ERA In The Smokies Realty & RentalsThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN.  For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277.  ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Celebrate Labor Day in the Smokies

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!What better way to celebrate Labor Day than to come to the Smokies, and relax in the PERFECT weather for enjoying the great outdoors! It’s still warm enough to swim, but it’s starting to get cool enough to enjoy hiking, camping, cookouts, and more!

Sevier County FairGet a peek into local culture! Visit the Sevier County Fair while you’re here in the Smokies! Enjoy fair rides, food vendors, livestock and gardening competitions, a beauty contest, live music, watermelon seed spitting contest, and much much more!! For more information, visit their website!

Come to Dollywood's Splash Country!Visit Splash Country for their last weekend of the season! They will be open Saturday through Monday that weekend! Enjoy one last weekend of thrilling rides and slides, or soaking in the wave pool or lazy river. Or maybe you just want to bring your kids and lay out in the sun!

The Trails of Cades CoveEnjoy the prime season for hiking in the Smokies! It’s the perfect temperature for hiking. Start early in the morning for the best hiking weather. Make sure to bring plenty of water and appropriate snacks to keep you going! Avoid hiking alone, and be mindful of the wildlife around you! When choosing what trail to take, consider what you hope to see (flowers or other beautiful plants, animals, waterfalls, expansive mountain views), how steep of a hike you can handle, how long of a hike you can handle, how long it will take, etc. For more information, visit the Park’s website, or stop in at the Sugarland’s Visitor Center.

Smoky Mountain Riding Stables near downtown Gatlinburg!Go horseback riding! Take your pick of riding stables in the area, and enjoy the flora and fauna of the Smokies from the back of a trusty steed! Maybe you would rather take a carriage ride? Got it! Want something even more unique? Try a camel ride!

Picnic out in the Fall color!Have a picnic in the Park! Pack sandwiches and chips, bring your own meal and grill out, or pick up lunch to go from your favorite restaurant! No matter how you slice it, a picnic is super fun! There are 10 different first-come, first-serve picnic areas. Big Creek, Cades Cove, Chimney Tops, Cosby, Greenbrier, Deep Creek, and Metcalf Bottoms are open year-round. And there are 3 other picnic areas that can be enjoyed during this warm and sunny season! 

Tanger Outlet MallIf you love shopping, go on over to the Labor Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale at Tanger Outlet, and hit the stores! The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Moose Crossing has gorgeous views!And saving the best for last… rent a luxurious log cabin with a gorgeous mountain view! Cook out on your own charcoal grill, enjoy the view from rocking chairs on the porch, or maybe from your hot tub. If it rains no worries! Come inside and enjoy TV, comfortable surroundings, and maybe even a game room with a pool table, foozball table, or who knows what else!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Spring Awakening

Spring AwakeningThe snow seems to finally be gone, the temperatures are getting just warm enough to be quite lovely, the trees are starting to bud, and the sound of bird song can once again be heard in these hills! Spring is just about to begin! And believe me, we are poised on the edges of our seats just waiting for Spring to burst upon us in all its fullness! In perfect harmony with the awakening of Spring is the Awakening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

Smoky Mountain RoadsRoads

Primary Roads, such as US-441 (Newfound Gap Road), Little River Road, and the Cade’s Cove Loop Road are pretty much open year round, weather permitting. Cade’s Cove Loop Road is currently closed due to construction to improve the road, but will be opened again by May 21!
Secondary roads are opened seasonally. Little Greenbrier and Straight Fork/Round Bottom opened March 12! Parson Branch, Rich Mountain, and Forge Creek Roads will open by May 21. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Heintooga Ridge/Balsam Mountain Road openings will be delayed to May 28, and the Clingman’s Dome Road will open on May 29.

Smoky Moutain CampgroundsCamping

The Park has 10 developed campgrounds at different locations throughout the park! The Cade’s Cove Campground is opened year round and is not affected by the Cade’s Cove Loop Road Construction. Abrams Creek, Big Creek, Cataloochee, Cosby, and Elkmont Campgrounds opened March 12. Deep Creek is set to open April 1, and Look Rock will open May 14. Due to some road repair work, Smokemont and Balsam Mountain Campgrounds will delay their opening til May 28.
Several group campsites are also available, and reservations must be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service. Group Camping was made available starting March 12 at Big Creek, Cataloochee, Cosby, and Cade’s Cove. Deep Creek will open on April 1, Elkmont on April 10, and Smokemont on May 28.
Also, of interest to some are horse camps, and opportunities for back country camping!

Smoky Mountain Picnic AreasPicnic Areas

There are 10 different first-come, first-serve picnic areas. Big Creek, Cades Cove, Chimney Tops, Cosby, Greenbrier, Deep Creek, and Metcalf Bottoms are open year-round. Collins Creek Picnic Area opened on March 12, Look Rock will open May 14, and Heintooga will open on May 28. The Park’s largest picnic pavilion at Twin Creeks is scheduled to open April 28. There are five other picnic pavilions that can be reserved in the following picnic areas: Collins Creek, Cosby, Deep Creek, Metcalf Bottoms, and Greenbrier.

Smoky Mountain Horseback RidingHorseback Riding

There are several horseback riding and related activities available in the Great Smoky Mountains! Smoky Mountain Riding Stable opened March 6, the Sugarlands Riding Stable opened March 13, and the Cades Cove Riding Stable will open April 1. Cades Cove offers not only horseback rides, but also carriage rides. The carriage rides, however, will not be available until the Cades Cove Loop Road opens. They will also be offering wheelchair accessible carriage and hay rides.

To find tons of other fun things to do during your stay in the Smokies, just use the Search feature on our website! For other detailed information about the Smoky Mountain National Park, visit their website!

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GATLINBURG: Family Winter Holiday Traditions

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Gatlinburg Cabin Easy Livin' features a Big Screen TV.Traditional family holiday time doesn’t just mean football on the TV and a turkey in your home oven anymore. Gatlinburg is a popular destination for families to spend holidays year ’round.  You don’t have to worry about finding something to do or somewhere to eat; Gatlinburg has something to offer families of every size from 2 to 32 and larger.  Here are just a few ideas for the upcoming winter holidays:

Order your holiday meal today!1. Food, glorious food.  Let’s face it…most of us equate holidays with a chance to eat all the traditional family favorites from turkey and ham to sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  Don’t be afraid to try it away from home.  The local Food City offers holiday packages that only require that you place the order and pick out the fixings.  Click to Learn more about Shopping in the Smokies!You can leave the rest to the professionals.  However, if you just can’t imagine not cooking this holiday season, renting a cabin could be your solution.  Cabins usually come with fully-equipped kitchens, but make sure you bring specialty pans and cooking utensils with you.  And for those of you that just want to show up to the meal, there are plenty of restaurants open every holiday.

2. Shopping.  Are you afraid to miss out on the post holiday sales and specials?  Never fear.  Gatlinburg offers the ultimate shopping experience with everything from local artisan crafts to brand-name outlet stores.  The deals abound and many stores are clustered for your shopping convenience.  Read more about Shopping in the Smokies.

Almost Heaven is always decorated for the holidays!3. Decorating.  Don’t think that have a destination holiday experience means you have to forgo the holiday decorations.  Many rental cabins come fully-decorated for the holidays, and if you are looking to bring your own decorations…just ask.  Gatlinburg is known for customer service and hospitality.  ERA In The Smokies thinks of visitors as their guests and always try to accommodate requests.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!4. A White Christmas.  Do you live somewhere that never sees snow?  Come on over to the Great Smoky Mountains.  The Smokies get a small amount of snow each year.  Even though it rarely snows at Christmas, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are often open by mid-December even if it requires man-made snow.   Ober Gatlinburg now offers snow tubing, too!

5. Holidays on Ice.  For many people, winter holidays conjure images of ice skating, woolen mittens and hot chocolate.  Ice skating is a popular year ’round activity at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort.  Don’t worry about driving up the mountain in icy weather; the aerial tram offers a breath-taking view and eliminates the need to drive.

Make Winter Adventure your new Family Tradition!6. Winter Adventure.  There are lots of activities that shut down in the Mountains during the winter due to the temperature or precipitation; however, there are just as many that are great fun regardless of the weather.  Take a wild and wacky and snowy roll inside an inflatable Zorb ball or take an off-road Hummer tour with the whole family!  And Walden Creek Stables offers horseback riding even in December!

See the lights at Dollywood this holiday season!7. Twinkling Lights.  Does your home town offer a beautiful lights display?  So does ours.  Gatlinburg loves holiday lights so much that they are up from the first week in November to mid-February each year.  From Dollywood to Downtown, whimsical LED light displays are a beautiful reminder of the holiday season and a great reminder of Gatlinburg’s vow to go green.  Read more about Holiday Lights locations.

See Yuletide Madness at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre!8.  Fa La La La La.  Most of the Smoky Mountain musical shows that your family loves have special holiday editions.  From the always-funny Sweet Fanny Adams and Hoot ‘n’ Holler to the sacred Miracle theatre, holiday music abounds.  You won’t miss caroling either.  Each year the City of Gatlinburg sponsors roving minstrels, carolers and story tellers.  The Village even has photo opportunities with old Kris Kringle himself!

Start your ornament collection in Gatlinburg!9. Buy an Ornament.  Did you buy an tree ornament for your baby’s first Christmas?  First year in school?  Why stop there?  Gatlinburg offers a varied assortment of shops dedicated to just holiday decorations.  The Christmas Tree offers a quaint shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg where you can buy your Department 54 favorites or a hand-painted one-of-a-kind. Christmas Eve Gift is a world of Christmas all year long and is located in the heart of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community.  In addition, many of the Downtown Parkway’s shops carry souvenir Christmas ornaments as well as other ornaments and souvenirs for each and every holiday.  Make collecting ornaments part of your family’s tradition.12 Drummers Drumming

10. 12 Days of Christmas.  This is one of my family traditions.  Pigeon Forge puts up a light display featuring the 12 Days of Christmas from the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Sevierville end to the 12 Drummers Drumming on the Gatlinburg end.  Each year, my family piles in the car and sings the song as we pass the individual displays for each day.  Of course, traffic lights and placement mean we end up singing  v – e – r – ys – l – o – w – l – y or sometimes very very fast to keep up, but it always ends in laughter.  I’ll photograph the 12 Days of Christmas light display this year and feature it in a separate blog post.    Don’t miss this light display.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.