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Gatlinburg at night with snow from the bypass

Gatlinburg at night with snow from the Bypass.

Photo of Gatlinburg Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Park Service maintains the Bypass and it offers wonderful views of both Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains Roaring Fork Autumn

Great Smoky Mountains Roaring Fork Autumn

The Roaring Fork splashes down into Gatlinburg TN. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail is popular with visitors in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. In addition to frequent wildlife sightings, historic structures and numerous trail heads the road’s namesake watercourse provides a beautiful glimpse into the ancient structure of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Gatlinburg Sky Lift c 1985

Gatlinburg Sky Lift c 1985

The Gatlinburg Sky Lift back in 1985. The attraction is still in operation today and is popular with area visitors!

Moon over Gatlinburg TN from the bypass

Moon over Gatlinburg TN from the bypass

The moon shines over Gatlinburg Tennessee. You can get great views of Gatlinburg from the bypass which is administered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gatlinburg Tennessee in October 1985

Gatlinburg Tennessee in October 1985

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Gatlinburg TN in October 1985

Gatlinburg Tennessee has a very important relationship with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While many nature purists may view this community that abuts the park as a traffic nuisance or a tourist trap, the city provides food and lodging for many park visitors every year.

As a result, Gatlinburg has grown along with the popularity of the park. Those who return to the town after an extended absence may be taken aback by the extent of the sprawling growth. And while some of the improvements may reflect the demands of a more upscale millennial consumer much of the downtown area still retains a lot of the simple charms of the days when a bed and a plate of pancakes satisfied the average tourist. Continue reading

Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains 10

Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains 10

The Roaring Fork in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park flows into Gatlinburg Tennessee. The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail follows the watercourse.