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It seems like there’s so much going on in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, we thought we’d create this handy round-up of new attractions and eateries slated to open in the Smokies this upcoming fall season.
1. Anakeesta’s Black Bear Village – NOW OPEN
The long-awaited third and final phase of Anakeesta’s $6.5 million-dollar expansion, featuring a completely revamped Cliff Top restaurant, is finally complete.
The original Cliff Top restaurant, located near the entrance of Anakeesta, has been renamed “Smokehouse” and will now feature southern cuisine such as pulled pork, smoked wings and craft beer.
The new restaurant in Black Bear Village is located further up the mountain near AnaVista tower and has taken the Cliff Top name.
The new climate-controlled Cliff Top restaurant will feature southern classics such as fried green tomatoes, wings, trout, ribs, pork, burgers and steaks.
Other new attractions now open at Black Bear Village include a bandstand, a fire pit, an outdoor bar, The Kephart Café, a new mercantile and a water play area for children.
Anakeesta is located at 576 Parkway Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Editor’s Note: Anakeesta is very popular destination in the Smokies, especially during the fall season. If you wish to dine at one of Anakeesta’s restaurants we highly suggest planning ahead and putting your name down 1-2 hours in advance to hold your place in line. Neither restaurant accepts reservations. Also, you may want to wear layers at Anakeesta as temperatures can drop drastically at nightfall, even on sunny days. There’s nothing worse than standing in line for an hour waiting to get back down the mountain in 30-degree weather without your jacket on a busy day (I know this from first hand experience).
2. Southern Comfort Kitchen – OPEN NOW
The popular whiskey brand, Southern Comfort, has just opened its first southern-themed restaurant in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Located inside the Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort and Spa, the brand-new restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature southern classics such as pancakes, fried green tomatoes, chicken and biscuits, Nashville hot fried chicken sammies, ribs, deviled eggs, pulled pork, catfish, chicken and dumplings, steak and more.
The restaurant will also feature Southern Comfort infused specialty cocktails including a southern-smoked old fashioned.
The restaurant is open daily from 8 am-9 pm. For a complete Southern Comfort Kitchen menu, visit the Westgate Resorts website.
Guests can make reservations by calling 865-430-4800.
Southern Comfort is located at 915 Westgate Resorts Rd, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Editor’s Note: Fall is a very busy season for The Smokies. Hour-long wait times are the norm even at the less-popular restaurants in town. We highly suggest making reservations at Southern Comfort ahead of time as we anticipate large crowds and massive interest.
3. Sevierville greenway expansion – OPEN NOW
The city of Sevierville recently completed a 600-foot section of a two-mile West Prong Greenway system around Little Pigeon River near downtown Sevierville.
The extension makes it possible for pedestrians to avoid traffic and access the city park and other popular areas on bike or on foot. This includes the ability to take the greenway system from Chapman Highway all the way to Dollywood.
The new greenway expansion was completed in August and is now accessible to the public.
4. Cruze Farms – NOW OPEN
Cruze Farms is a family dairy farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. They pasteurize and bottle real churned milk from Jersey cows to create fresh ice cream.
For years, Cruze Farms products were mostly sold as packaged foods at local retail locations like Whole Foods. But in 2016, the brand opened their first pop-up shop which was so popular that it eventually lead to a permanent location on S. Gay Street in downtown Knoxville in 2018, and a second permanent retail location that just opened up last week in Sevierville.
Cruze Farms offers a variety of ice cream flavors which are available in cones and cups including sweet cream, chocolate, brown butter, espresso, cookies and cream, peanut butter, pumpkin, lavender honey, strawberry, orange dole whip and sugar free vanilla.
An assortment of sweet toppings and dips are also available.
Cruze Farms is open Sunday-Wednesday from 11 am -9:30 pm and Thursday-Saturday from 11 am – 10 pm.
Cruze Farms is located at 1642 Parkway, Sevierville, Tenn.
Editor’s Note: Select flavors are seasonal, actual selection may vary.
5. Cinnaholic Pigeon Forge – COMING SOON
Cinnaholic will soon be joining the Tower Shops at the Mountain Mile in Pigeon Forge!
Cinnaholic has 38 locations across the U.S. and Canada. The Pigeon Forge location will be only the second location in Tennessee (the first is located in Knoxville).
Cinnaholic specializes in baked goods including brownies, cookies and of course their claim-to-fame … decadent cinnamon rolls. All of Cinnaholic’s products are fresh-baked and 100% vegan, dairy & lactose-free, egg-free and conveniently – cholesterol-free.
Cinnaholic is set to open this fall and will be located at 2655 Teaster Lane Ste 220 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
6. SkyLift Park’s SkyTrail – COMING SOON
Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park, home of the world-famous SkyBridge, recently announced a brand new addition for the park, which is set to be unveiled in the fall of 2020: The Gatlinburg SkyTrail.
The SkyTrail will give guests the chance to take a walk in the clouds via an interactive walking trail that connects both sides of the SkyBridge. The walking trail follows the contours and slope of Crockett Mountain.
The SkyTrail is set to open this fall and will continue to undergo expansions throughout the season including covered rest areas, signage and historical information about the Gatlinburg fires of 2016.
SkyLift Park is located at 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
7. Shops of Pigeon Forge Revamp
The Shops of Pigeon Forge has a new landlord, Gorjian Acquisitions, and they have big plans for their newly acquired property including the addition of three all new businesses coming this fall.
The new businesses will include an axe-throwing concept, a gaming cafe/arcade for the kids and a Christian counseling center.
The yet-to-be-named axe-throwing concept will allow customers to try their hand at axe-throwing while enjoying craft beers and hot pizza from a pub-style bar.
The Shops of Pigeon Forge is located at 161 E. Old Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Other new attractions coming soon to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg
Construction on Pigeon Forge’s first and only chairlift is set to begin soon. The attraction will feature a 3-seater chairlift, an observation tower, shops, arcades, fountains, fire pits, food trucks, a giant bar, a nature walk, lodging and a venue space.
The chairlift is expected to open fall 2021.
Blue Mist Mountain Resort will be a luxury resort that features over 300 hotel rooms and suites, 200 two-bedroom townhomes and 40 vacation residences. The resort will feature over 50,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, 7 restaurants, rooftop bars, a whiskey distillery, artisan shops, an ice skating rink and a 2000-seat amphitheater.
The resort will also feature a sky carriage which will transport guests from the base of the mountain to a boardwalk that wraps around a 5-acre mountaintop lagoon complete with a sandy “beach” and cabanas.
There has been no completion date announced for Blue Mist Mountain Resort.
An “experiential destination” is currently being planned for exit 407. The 200-acre attraction will feature entertainment, dining and shopping designed around a common, as yet unidentified, theme and serve as a gateway and “first stop” for visitors to the area. Planning currently remains in the very-early stages and no open date has been announced.
Do you know of any upcoming attractions coming soon to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg? Let us know and we will add them to the list!
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