New, Unique & Unusual Places
Wondering what is new and fun in Gatlinburg?
Are you searching for unique, unusual or off the beaten path ideas for your vacation or trip? Maybe it's a quick weekend getaway. Well here is a great list with pictures and descriptions to get you started!
1.) Treehouse Grove at Norton Creek
475 Norton Creek Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 865-988-1864
I could not be more excited about this one.
Designed by Pete Nelson from Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters", this resort features a collection of unique treehouses will be located in a secluded backwoods area of Gatlinburg, but also convenient to Pigeon Forge. The location is perfect for those who want to get away from it all but also those who want to hop back and forth between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
All treehouses will have unique floor plans, including lofts, decks, and screened porches, and a nearby creek. If you would like to rent one of these beauties, you can see availability here:
2.) Birdventure & Hellbender at Anakeesta
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 865-325-2400
Anakeesta is, in itself, unique!
It's hard to pick a favorite, but one of the most exciting new things at Anakeesta is a one-of-a-kind, life sized, Birdhouse playground, where you can see things from the size of a bird. Also several serpentine slides will wind down the mountainside, for even more fun!
The new and 2nd mountain coaster ride at Anakeesta is Hellbender. This double rail coaster is different from the original Rail Runner, which is a single rail. Hellbender will also let 2 people ride, so adults can ride with the kids.
3.) 7D Darkride Adventure
903 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 865-277-0247
Get your lazer gun, put on your glasses, and let's go kill zombies! (or wolverines) These interactive games keep score, have seats that move (but if you get motion sick, they can fix your seat to stay in place), and gets rave reviews. This adrenaline rush is fun for all ages and is a great family activity and ride.
4.) Tennessee Cider Company
611 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 865-412-500
Opened in 2019, Tennessee Cider Company is the first Cidery established in Gatlinburg. Apples are pressed daily and you can try samples of their cider in a relaxed atmosphere, right off the Parkway, not far from Ripley's Aquarium.
If you 've not familiar with hard cider, it is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Some of the flavors you will find here are Spiced Apple, Caramel, Golden Apple, Blueberry, Pineapple, and Watermelon.