Planning Your Trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Fly Fishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Where To Stay:
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg is a beautiful, mountain resort town, located at the center of Great Smoky
Mountain National Park at the main entrance of the Tennessee side of the park. The city
limits of Gatlinburg adjoins the national park boundary. Gatlinburg is the main gateway
to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The main entrance is on highway #441 that
runs through Gatlinburg. This is the only highway that crosses the park into North
Carolina.

I have visited Gatlinburg since I was a young child, thanks to my mother and farther.
Notice the picture below of my mother and father with my oldest daughter, Stacy. The
picture was taken by my wife in (coming soon) That swing ride, which goes up to the
side of the mountain, still exist in the same location in Gatlinburg.

We lived in the Gatlinburg for three years. Black bears were a common sight from our
deck and almost anywhere inside the city limits of Gatlinburg. The thousands of motels
and cabins in this little town stays completely booked during the prime tourist season,
so if you plan on staying there, be sure to book your reservations well in advance.

Fishing Access:
Gatlinburg is our number one recommended place for anglers fishing the park to stay
with or without their family and children. It adjoins the national park at it main entrance
on the Tennessee side and has any and everything you could possible need whether
you bring your family or come with other anglers just to fish.

Gatlinburg is closer to the better trout streams on the Tennessee Side of the park than
any other town or area. It is located on the Little Pigeon River, one of the best trout
streams in the park..The road through Gatlinburg follows the Little Pigeon its entire
length. You can catch wild trout anywhere upstream from the park boundary in
Gatlinburg.

It also provides the fastest and easiest way to access the best trout fishing in Little
River. It is only 5 miles from the Sugarlands entrance to the park at Gatlinburg to the
best part of the Little River near Elkmont. .As I mentioned above, it is also located on the
road that provides the only direct access to the North Carolina side of the park.  You can
be fishing for trout in the park in some of the best water on the Tennessee side of the
park within five minutes from Gatlinburg. You can be fishing for native brook trout in the
higher elevations of the park in just a few minutes from Gatlinburg.

Motels:
There are a huge number of motels in Gatlinburg. You should make your reservations in
advance. They can become completely booked during the prime seasons.

Cabin Rentals:
There are hundreds of cabins and chalets for rent. We advise renting them well in
advance.
Here is our favorite with its own "Fishing Section".

Campgrounds:
Gatilinburg has several campgrounds and RV parks.

Restaurants:
There are many restaurants of every type in Gatlinburg.

Fly Shops/Stores:
Smoky Mountain Angler
White River Fly Shop (Bass Pro Shop) I-40
Orvis - Pigeon Forge

Transportation:
Gatlinburg has a trolley system that travels with numerous stops between Gatlinburg,
Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Cost is only 25 to 50 cents.

Links that may be helpful:
Chamber of Commerce

Copyright 2011 James Marsh
Gatlinburg as seen from the
by-pass around the town from the
spur to the park. The by-pass is
actually in the national park. It is a
nice drive the entire way.
Another view of Gatlinburg from a
different pull-off on the by-pass.
Gatlinburg is the picture perfect
little mountain town.
The Space Needle, a 342 foot high
observation town in Gatlinburg.  It
provides a 360 degree view. Ride
the glass elevator to the top.
Another view of Gatlinburg and
part of the mountains surrounding
the town. What is a dull brown in
the picture will soon be a bright
green.
All images are thumbnails,
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All images are thumbnails,
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Driving through Gatlinburg during
a winter day. Shot through the
windshield.
Driving through Gatlinburg during
a winter day. Shot through the
windshield.
Ripley"s Aquarium 1.4 million gallons
with thousands of sea creatures
120 passenger aerial tramway to
Alpine Slide, Indoor Ice Skating,
Black Bear Habitat & Nocturnal
House, Water Rides, Chairlift,
Shops, Restaurant, Lounge,
Winter Skiing, Snowboarding and
The Little Pigeon River runs right
through the town of Gatlinburg. It is
Permits can be obtained from the City.
There is also a children's only area
that is stocked.
All images are thumbnails,
click for larger view
click for larger view