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New, Unique & Unusual Places
In Gatlinburg

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!

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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:

The Dogwood

The Magnolia

The Cedar 

The Willow

2.) Observation Tower at Anakeesta

576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN   865-325-2400


Anakeesta is making its largest expansions since it opened.   It's hard to pick a favorite, but one of the most exciting, is a one-of-a-kind observation tower, known as AnaVista Tower at Anakeesta's highest point. One can only imagine the gorgeous views that await!

They have also added The Ridge Rambler, a military style vehicle that gives visitors yet another option to get to the top of the mountain. A family play area with a splash pad, waterfall and wading stream are also being added, along with new glass-enclosed Smokehouse and brewery expansion.


See Cabins Near Downtown and Anakeesta 

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