Posted by Phil Rodgers in Things to Do
It seems that there's an app for everything these days. No matter your interests, hobbies, type of job or family life, digital assistance in the form of a specialized application for your phone or electronic device seems to be a given.
That's good news for folks visiting the Great Smoky Mountains as well. If you're thinking about heading to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Sevierville in the near future or even in 2023, we have some suggestions for apps that might just make your planning as well as the trip itself a little easier to manage. Here are some of our recommendations.
The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together this free application to provide you with mountains of information about that city and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Learn about festivals, attractions, arts and crafts vendors, outdoor adventure opportunities, unique restaurants and much more. Each location mentioned in the app includes thumbnail descriptions as well as phone and website information and travel directions. If you're looking for listings of special events taking place during your planned vacation window, it will tell you what's happening. It will even help you figure out which lodging providers are available and has lots of maps to help you navigate from destination to destination. That includes maps for Gatlinburg's trolley system.
This app will assist you with visiting any national park in our country, but if you have your sights set on Great Smoky Mountains National Park in particular, it will help you there as well. Locate recreational areas within the park, find hiking trails and receive real-time weather updates. One of the coolest features of this app is that an Internet connection is not necessary. You can access the maps and other features even if you're on a remote trail, far outside of cellular service.
Use this app to learn about the top hotels, places to eat and attractions as well as locate discount tickets to all the shows in town. This app is free and includes everything from descriptions and photos to navigational directions.
Great Smoky Mountains Nat Park
This app has the advantage of being designed specifically for visitors to the Smokies, but it's for iPhone and iPad users only. The developers have collected tons of information from travelers to the national park and have designed this tour guide based on real-life advice and experiences. Highlights of the app include park history, geology, fauna, conservation, attractions and activities, trail maps and much more.
Here's an app that's super-functional if you plan to spend a day or more at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. The theme park has become one of the top destinations in the entire Southeast thanks to an impressive array of rides, attractions, shows, crafters, food vendors, shops and more. Unique features include a map to help you navigate some 150 acres of fun and find the best routes to whatever you're looking for inside the park; show schedules, broken down by artist, act, performance time and theater venue; and ride wait times, which will help you prioritize your day and plan your activities accordingly. The app will also tell you about exclusive offers on food and merchandise, and it will help you customize your day with complete lists of rides, attractions, shows and restaurants.
Whether you wind up utilizing an app or not, we hope you will include Goats on the Roof in your upcoming Smoky Mountain travels. With something for all ages - live goats, a mountain coaster, gem mining and more - we offer a fun and unique experience for the whole family, and we're conveniently located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.