A list of what’s open now that ‘Safer at Home’ has expired in Tennessee

Pigeon Forge is one of the best places to visit for discounts and deals on Veterans Day (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
Pigeon Forge is one of the best places to visit for discounts and deals on Veterans Day (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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Note: After May 23, this article will no longer be updated as most major attractions and restaurants are either now open or have announced tentative opening dates. 

Governor Bill Lee’s Safer at Home order expired at the end of April, and that means businesses in the Smokies will slowly start to be phased back in. Lee is rolling out a “Tennessee Pledge” to encourage best practices and to keep Tennesseans as safe as possible. But for now, one main question is on everyone’s mind: What’s open?

In a recent update, most of the area dinner shows have delayed their opening until June 5, including Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Pirates Voyage and the Comedy Barn. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud announced they will open on May 23.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park begins their first phase of reopening on May 9. This includes Newfound Gap Road, Little River Road and Cades Cove. Many secondary roads and trails, however, including the visitor centers, will remain closed for at least the first two weeks.

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Other confirmed business openings include…

Editors Note: List last updated May 23. 

Attractions & Retail:

  • Apple Barn (retail): Open now
  • Alcatraz East: Open now
  • Adventure Park Ziplines: Open now
  • American Designs (Kodak): Open now
  • Anakeesta: Open now
  • Beyond the Lens: Open now
  • Big Rock Dude Ranch: Open now
  • Blake Jones Racing Center: Open now
  • Bluff Mountain Adventures: Open now
  • Board and Brush: Open now
  • Boot Factory Outlet (Pigeon Forge, Sevierville): Open now
  • Buttonwillow Civil War Theater: Open now
  • Chop House (Pigeon Forge and Kodak): Open now
  • CLIMB Works: Open now
  • Cooter’s Place: Open now
  • Country Tonite: June 5
  • Comedy Barn: June 5
  • Crave Golf Club: Open now
  • Dave and Buster’s: May 27
  • Dolly Parton’s Stampede: June 5
  • Double Decker Bus Tours: Open now (Limited tours; all other tours re-opening in June)
  • Fast Tracks Pigeon Forge: Open now
  • Flat Creek Village Specialty Shops (Sevierville): Open now
  • Flyaway Indoor Skydiving: Open now, with reduced hours and half-class occupancy
  • Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park: Open now
  • FunStop Family Action Park: Open now
  • Gatlinburg Space Needle: Open now
  • Gatlin’s Fun Center: Open now
  • Glades Homemade Candies: Open now
  • Grand Majestic Theater: June 2, seating at 33% capacity seating with some restrictions in place
  • Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community: Open now
  • Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud: Open now
  • Hollywood Wax Museum: Open now
  • Jayell Ranch: Open now
  • Legacy Mountain Ziplines: Open now
  • Lid’l Dolly’s Dresses: Open now
  • Lodge Factory Store: Open now
  • Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park: Open now
  • MagiQuest: Open now
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center: Open now
  • NASCAR Speedpark: June 3
  • Ober Gatlinburg: Open now
  • Parrot Mountain and Gardens: Open now
  • Pigeon Forge Snow: Open now
  • Pink Jeep Tours: Open now
  • Pirates Voyage Dinner Show: June 5
  • Rafting in the Smokies: Open now
  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo: Open now
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: Open now
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Open now
  • Ripley’s Davy Crockett Mini Golf: Open now
  • Ripley’s Mirror Maze: Open now
  • Ripley’s Moving Theater: Open now
  • Ripley’s Old Mac Mini Golf: Open now
  • Rocky Top Mountain Coaster: Open now
  • Rowdy Bear Mountain Adventure Park: Open now
  • Rowdy Bear Ridge Amusement Park: Open now
  • Scenic Helicopter Tours: Open now
  • Sevier Air Trampoline Park: Open now
  • SkyLift Park (SkyBridge): Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Decor: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Knife Works: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain National Park: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Outdoors White Water Rafting: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain River Rat: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Tubing: Open now
  • Stages West: Open now
  • Tanger Outlets (Limited stores): Open now
  • The Island (Limited stores): Open now
  • The Sevierville Golf Club: Open now
  • The Track Family Fun Park: Open now
  • The Old Mill (retail): Open now
  • The Coaster at Goats on the Roof: Open now
  • The Escape Game Pigeon Forge: Open now
  • The Resort at Gov. Crossing Waterpark: Open now
  • The Village (Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Three Bears General Store: Open now
  • Titanic Museum: June 1
  • Tomb Pigeon Forge: Open now
  • Wild Laurel Golf Course: Open now
  • Wilderness at the Smokies: May 28
  • Wonderworks: Open now
  • Xtreme Racing Center of Pigeon Forge: Open now

Distilleries and Wineries:

*Restrictions on tastings may be in place

  • Apple Barn Winery: Open now
  • Doc Collier Moonshine: Open now
  • King’s Family Distillery: Open now
  • Mill Bridge Winery: Open now
  • Mountain Valley Winery: Open now
  • Ole Smoky: Open now
  • Old Forge Distillery: Open now
  • Old Tennessee Distilling Co.: Open now
  • Sevier Distilling Co.: Open now
  • Sugarlands Distillery: Open now
  • Tennessee Homemade Wines: Open now
  • Tennessee XXX Moonshine: Open now
  • Yee-Haw Brewing Company (The Island): Open now


  • Alamo Steakhouse (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Applewood Farmhouse: Open now
  • Bennett’s Pit BBQ (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Big Daddy’s Pizzeria (Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Blue Moose Burgers & Wings: Open now
  • Brick and Spoon: Open now
  • Bubba Gump’s: Open now
  • Bullfish Grill: Open now
  • Byrd’s Cookie Co. (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Calhoun’s (Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Carino’s Italian: Open now
  • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Open now
  • Chesapeake’s (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Cici’s Pizza: Open now
  • Corky’s Ribs and BBQ: Open now
  • Crawdaddy’s (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Crockett’s Breakfast Camp: Open now
  • Curl de la Creme: Open now
  • Delauders BBQ: Open now
  • Dulce Nitrogen Ice Cream: Open now
  • El Ranchero Loco: Open now
  • Elvira’s Cafe: Open now
  • Five Oaks Farm Kitchen: Open now
  • Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin (all locations): Open now
  • Frizzle Chicken: Open now
  • Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse: Open now
  • Harbor Grill: Open now
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Open now
  • Harpoon Harry’s: Open now
  • Hillbilly Golf: Open now
  • Hot Diggity Dawg: Open now
  • Huck Finn’s Catfish: Open now
  • Joe’s Crab Shack: Open now
  • Johnny Rockets: Open now
  • JT Hannah’s: Open now
  • Junction 35 Spirits: Open now
  • Lil’ Black Bear Cafe: Open now
  • Local Goat: Open now
  • Loco Burro (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Machete Mexican Restaurant: Open now
  • Mama’s Farmhouse: Open now
  • Margaritaville: Open now
  • Mel’s Diner: Open now
  • Mellow Mushroom (Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Monster Mash Burgers: Open now
  • Nagano Japanese Grill: Open now
  • Pancake Pantry (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: Open now
  • Pizza at the Cove: Open now
  • Pollo Loco: Open now
  • Poynor’s Pommes Frites: Open now
  • Preacher’s Smokehouse: Open now
  • Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant: Open now
  • Reagan’s House of Pancakes: Open now
  • Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard (Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Smokies Cuban Cafe: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery: Open now
  • Smoky Mountain Pancake House (Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Smoky’s Pancake Cabin (Pigeon Forge): Open now
  • Sunliner Diner: Open now
  • Texas Roadhouse: Open now
  • TGI Fridays (Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville): Open now
  • The Melting Pot (Gatlinburg): Open now
  • The Old Mill Candy Kitchen: Open now
  • The Old Mill Creamery: Open now
  • The Old Mill Restaurant: Open now
  • The Red Tomato: Open now
  • Timberwood Grill: Open now
  • Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBQ & Grill: Open now
  • Wood Grill Buffet: Open now

Other businesses allowed to reopen on May 6:

  • Barber shops and hair salons
  • Waxing and threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage therapy establishments

If you or your business would like to be added to the list, please e-mail us at [email protected] Openings and hours are subject to change. Protect yourself and those around you by following the CDC guidelines. Visit the CDC website and the Tennessee Department of Health website for the latest information about the coronavirus.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.


  1. I am so happy to see these businesses reopening but I also hope everyone remembers to stay safe.

  2. The list of restaurants opening is impressive, but do they have DINE IN seating open?

  3. Hey Jean! Yes – to our knowledge, the restaurants on this list have dine-in open (albeit some with re-arranged or limited seating). We’ve been calling each location in effort to keep this list as up to date and accurate as possible, but of course we’d always recommend calling ahead as status is subject to change. These are crazy times!

  4. So glad you guys are open. We had planned a spring trip this year. Hope to head your way once Virginia opens up, are hotels opening up?

  5. I dont see Frizzle Chicken on this list does anyone know the status of them opening?

  6. Is the 4th of July parade and fireworks still going to happen in Gatlinburg?

  7. Frizzle Chicken has announced a “tentative” date on June 5th for a re-opening, once that’s confirmed, we will get it added to our list.

  8. The Resort at Gov. Crossing is still planning to open their indoor section this weekend (May 15) according to their website. They are operating at a reduced capacity though.

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