Why not plan a picnic in one of Gatlinburg’s most beautiful locations. We are happy to fix a to go order for you to enjoy in one of these fantastic locations in the park and around Gatlinburg!
The chimneys top a sheer rise of almost 2,000 feet and were known to the Cherokee as “Dukiskwal-guni” (forked antlers). From the overlook on Newfound Gap Road, passersby can see the 30-foot deep “flue” in the right-hand peak which gives the outcropping its name. The Chimneys Picnic Area, located in a ravine on the mountain’s side, is an excellent place to stop for a leisurely lunch.
Mt. LeConte is the Park’s third highest peak at 6,593 feet. Despite runner-up ranking, LeConte serves as the focal point of the Park. The summit offers unforgettable views from two different overlooks, Myrtle Point and Cliff Top. Hikers can choose from five different trails to the top, ranging from 11 to 16 miles roundtrip.
In 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially dedicated the Park from this majestic site. The road, completed in 1932, straddles Tennessee and North Carolina here. Originally, Indian Gap, a point two miles west, was thought to be the lowest gap in the mountains, but Newfound Gap was discovered to be lower in elevation, thus the name.
This 1,000-foot sheer drop-off can be found four miles east along the Appalachian Trail. The cliff is named after a bunion that prevented Charlie Conner, an Oconaluftee settler, from traveling through the Gap in 1928. Fellow travelers claimed the bare mountain resembled their friend’s bunion.
Clingman’s Dome is the Smokies’ highest peak and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Named for a colorful Civil War general, Clingman’s Dome rears its head 6,642 feet. The observation tower , located 7 miles off Newfound Gap Road, looks out on an ever-changing view. Occasionally the peak is above cloud level, creating a surrealistic scene of mountaintops floating in an ocean of white.
A picture-perfect picnic spot, Andrews Bald offers glorious views of the towering mountain ranges of North Carolina and Georgia. It’s a 3.6 mile roundtrip hike from the Forney Ridge parking area at Clingmans Dome and is the most accessible bald in the Park.
We can highly recommend the parks in Gatlinburg! Located near Three Jimmy’s is Mills Park. You will find Mill’s Park a bit further up Hwy.321 near Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. Herbert Holt Park is located at the entrance to Gatlinburg. As you come in to Gatlinburg on 441, the very first time you can turn right, even before stop light #1 is where you turn to go to Herbert Holt Park. Herbert Holt Park is great for picnics and fishing. We can also recommend Mynatt Park, located at the end of Historic Nature Trail Road, Stoplight #8 in Gatlinburg. Also with Free Fishing for KIDS at both parks, Mynatt Park is at the base of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which is one of Gatlinburg’s most beautiful local drive through areas where you can experience the park and life like it used to be in Gatlinburg.
Enjoy all the things that Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers the residents and our visitors and be sure to stop and see us at Three Jimmy’s your favorite local restaurant and Happy Hour!