Smoky Mountain Towns

The Smoky Mountains in Tennessee are a vacation destination unlike any other with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the real star of the show. The magnificent natural wonder is a popular vacation destination on a year round basis. There are literally hundreds of scenic mountain trails to explore within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a myriad of activities to enjoy in the surrounding areas.

gatlinburg, tnGatlinburg, Tennessee

In the early part of the 20th century, the Smoky Mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee was an out of the way village populated mainly by immigrants of European heritage. These early settlers constructed a home base much like what they were familiar with in Europe. This is what accounts for the early beginnings of Gatlinburg, which boasts both a European/Germanic name and a European style architectural feel. This European origin gave and continues to give Gatlinburg a unique feel unlike any other popular tourist destination in North America.

Over the years, the city of Gatlinburg has sought to maintain and add to the “old European” flavor which marked its beginnings. Even though a Gatlinburg vacation is in reality a trip to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the old town flavor of the area is just as likely to make you think you’re visiting a town in the Swiss Alps! This experience is made up of a combination of architecture, shopping outlets, area names, old-time clothing, and more.

pigeon forge, tnPigeon Forge, Tennessee

One of the real highlights in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood, the famous theme park named after Pigeon Forge’s most famous citizen, Dolly Parton. This park offers thrill rides, a fun-filled water-park, and plenty of Smoky Mountain cultural charm.

Pigeon Forge has many other popular entertainment options that pulls visitors to Tennessee year after year. Ride in the fast lane at the Speed Zone fun park and the Nascar Speedtrack. Here the family can enjoy some competitive go-cart racing that is both safe and fun. Other popular attractions include a variety of dinner shows like Hatfield & McCoy, the Titanic Museum Attraction, miniature golf, and so much more. It isn’t called the “Land of More” for nothing.

Pigeon Forge is also home to a variety of historical sites. The city was actually originally named for the Little Pigeon River and a local iron foundry. Remnants of this can still be seen today. Perhaps the most well-known of these yesteryear monuments is the Old Mill and General Store. Here you can explore some old time Smoky Mountain architecture and enjoy some delicious old-style cooking where they “stubbornly adhere to the traditions of the past to ensure quality”.

sevierville, tnSevierville, Tennessee

What remains a lesser known location in the Smokies, though it is slowly growing in popularity as more and more vacationers discover it, is Sevierville, Tennessee. Sevierville is located at the crossroads of the major highways entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Tennessee.

While Gatlinburg is known for its European styling and its artisan shops, and Pigeon Forge is known for its live theatre and theme park attractions, Sevierville is known for its more laid-back, slightly slower pace nature. For this reason, during the high season many Smoky Mountain vacationers find Sevierville to be a pleasant change of pace. And yet, far from being a sleepy little Smoky Mountain town, Sevierville offers a whole host of its own recreational attractions for Tennessee visitors to enjoy. The largest of these attractions: shopping. And the most known host for this activity: the Tanger Shopping Outlet Mall with over 120 different brands.

Resort Amenities

legacy mountain resort entranceLegacy Mountain Resort was designed to offer cabin guests with an all-inclusive, resort-like experience with nearly everything needed to have an amazing Smoky Mountain vacation. The resort clubhouse and facilities are perched along the mountainside with an incredible panoramic view of the Smokies all around. With amenities like these, it is like being and a world-class hotel yet tucked away in a quiet and serene Pigeon Forge sanctuary.

legacy mountain resort clubhouseClubhouse

The main facilities within the resort designed with a traditional timber frame and a touch of Adirondack mixed in. Guests can enjoy the beautiful scenery and traditional landscaping from the expansive porch. Ample parking allows guests easy access to the amenity complex from any cabin within the resort. On the main level of the clubhouse facility is a complete fitness center which includes a variety of equipment, machines, sauna, steam room, and restrooms.

legacy mountain resort cabanaPavilion

This is a great place to gather everyone together for lunch, a meeting, or to simply get outside and relax with an incredible Smoky Mountain view. The pavilion is a great community location where you have the opportunity to meet other travelers, share travel stories, and make new friends. It is open year round with a large outdoor stone fireplace to keep everyone warm during the cool evening nights.

legacy mountain resort poolSwimming Pool

Gather the kids and their pool toys and head down to the outdoor community pool with plenty of space for everyone with the Smoky Mountains laid out across the horizon.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

view of the smoky mountainsSeveral entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are less than 10 miles from the resort. This includes Sugarlands, the Greenbrier Road entrance, and the famous Cades Cove, the most visited area of the park with great wildlife viewing and incredible scenery.