- Ober Gatlinburg
- Ski Area & Amusement Park
- 1001 Parkway Suite 2 - Gatlinburg
- Tennessee 37738 - United States
- [email protected]
- (800) 251-9202
The Gatlinburg Visitors & Convention Bureau is a thoroughly professional organization dedicated to making meetings more efficient, effective, and economical by offering both a better facility and better service. In fact, we were named the number one Visitors and Convention Bureau in the Southeast. With 188,000 square feet of new meeting and exhibit space, we can accommodate groups large and small, whether for seminars, conventions, exhibitions, trade shows, or even sporting events.
The Great Hall provides 67,000 square feet of exhibition space, 50,000 square feet of which is free-span space with a ceiling height of 30 feet. It can accommodate 350 10x10 booths, or be divided into three halls for separate shows. An additional 14,000 square foot hall is available in the adjoining Mills complex. The Gallery area is 38,200 square feet, including 23 meeting rooms, pre-function space, two private parlors, and a special VIP media suite. A private elevator can whisk you to the Parkway Tower suite, where balconies provide a breath-taking mountain view.
Our kitchen is fully staffed with a master chef and we provide exceptional food, flowers, wine and spirits for groups from 10 to 3,000.We can help you plan a wide-range of menus and themes for almost any event you could imagine. Our experienced Bureau staff can help you with hotel leads, bids, proposals, customized presentations, site inspections, housing, promotional literature, brochures, registration assistance, spouse programs, youth activities, and access to local vendors.
And you can enjoy hearty southern cooking in our local cafes or a delicious gourmet meal in a fine restaurant. Activities abound, from golfing, skiing and horseback riding to family fun attractions including go-karting, amusement centers and fanciful museums. Of course, you'll also have 800 square miles of gorgeous national park right at your doorstep. So if you want to get right to the heart of a great vacation, come visit us in Gatlinburg, right in the heart of the Smokies.
Explore fragrant meadows sparkling with wildflowers, the majesty of old-growth trees, the caress of emerald-green moss, the symphony of a waterfall. We have hiked hundreds of miles through these mountains and they'll lead you to some of the most magical places in North America.
When you take a walk with them, you'll learn about the amazing life and death struggles that the people of this area went through. You'll hear Cherokee lore and Appalachian tall tales. You'll also find out what people of this area did for food and medicine before the invention of the grocery store and pharmacy. You might even get to sample a tasty mountain treat. Every walk is geared towards enjoying the journey at a pleasant pace. Below is a sampling of some of our walks.
Old Settlers Walk - Take a pleasant stroll back in time with A Walk in the Woods. This walk takes you through one of the areas of the Park most richly steeped in history. Journey down an old settler's wagon trail and explore some forgotten homesteads along the way while strolling through the Smokies during the most enchanting time of the year. On this quiet walk, we'll visit a typical pioneer farm made exclusively by hand, from materials gathered from the woods. We'll also explore the area's rich and diverse plant life and how it was and is utilized for food, medicine and other uses.
Mountain Wonderland Walk - Walk along a beautiful mountain stream through an old growth forest. Climb up the side of one of the most picturesque mountains, experiencing incredible views of artistic rock formations. Picnic on a spot heavy with mountain history, starting with a geological anomaly to the tale of the first Cherokee to discover the bluff, to it's importance during the Civil War.
Old Growth Walk - Experience what the Eastern United States was just one hundred years ago when you explore one of the few remaining stands of virgin forest. During the first part of our walk, explore an original log cabin built in the eighteen hundreds. Then walk to a magical place that was spared the logger's saw, and see and touch gigantic trees, including one of the biggest in the Park. This is a seven-mile walk. Warning.
Quiet Waterfall Stroll - Take a peaceful stroll through a less traveled area of the Park, past some old settler's homesteads, the remains of gigantic Chestnut trees, to a pleasant waterfall.
Natural Pools and Waterfalls - Take a naturalist's ramble off the beaten path to explore a hidden world of charming small Appalachian Mountain waterfalls. More than a dozen in all, each more lovely than the last, on a hidden trail through old farm fields. The walk starts off in the quiet side of the Smokies on a long forgotten wagon road. Look hard and see old rock piles, the only evidence that the lovely woods you are walking through were once the farms of settlers who tried to tame the wild lands of the Southern Appalachian forest. This walk is an easy walk, with sprinkles of adventure when we rock hope across streams, and crest narrow ridges. The hard work has its rewards though, with dramatic rock cliffs, cascades, and captivating waterfalls surrounded by thick, giant rhododendron forests. Along the way, learn about the variety of plants and animals that live in this wonderland.
Old Growth Waterfall Hike - Walk along a beautiful mountain river surrounded by a multitude of wildflowers. Come to a breathtaking Appalachian Cove forest found nowhere else on earth. Pause in the presence of giant trees on your way to the highest and most beautiful waterfall in the Park while you picnic on a carpet of moss.
Hikes move at a faster pace, and often cover more rugged trails than our nature walks. These hikes are recommended for those who already have some hiking experience, but want to get more out of the beauty around them.
On all of our hikes, we emphasize the wonders of the journey as well as the excitement of the destination. On these excursions, you will hike with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic naturalist and learn about some of the medicinal and edible purposes of wild foods, learn about the animals that make the Park home and explore the rich history of the area. As we travel, we love to explore the little wonders of nature through taste, smell, touch and sound, as well as the visual treats that the Smokies have to offer.
Mt. LeConte - Clingmans Dome may be the highest peak, but Mt. LeConte is widely considered the highest and most spectacular mountain in the Park. Experience it all. We will climb through a rock, travel through an old growth forest, pass breathtaking vistas, and explore the powerful force of water as we make our way to the top of the most impressive mountain in the Park. On our way, we will pause at a breathtaking vista, overlooking the spot where the fastest animal in the world, the Peregrine Falcon, has made it's home. We will visit the Lodge, and some of the most famous views in the Park. We will lunch on a point overlooking Gatlinburg and then do it all over again on our way down.
Mt. LeConte II North/South - Take the Mt. LeConte hike above, and add a return trip down the rugged north face to experience the greatest summit to base elevation change in the Park. Waterfalls, vistas; a very different trail experience on the way down. One of the ultimate Smoky Mountain experiences.
Mountain Panorama - A 360-degree view of the most remote section of the Smokies awaits you. Our journey begins in a cool, moss covered forest before climbing up the rugged spine of the famous Appalachian Trail. Big trees and vistas reward our hard work before reaching the newly restored 1930's fire tower. Since this is the most remote section of the Park, wildlife signs abound. Perhaps we will catch a glimpse of the icon of the Smokies, the black bear.
Old Growth Waterfall Hike - Hike along a beautiful mountain river surrounded by a multitude of wildflowers. Come to a breathtaking Appalachian Cove forest found nowhere else on earth. Pause in the presence of giant trees on your way to the highest and most beautiful waterfall in the Park while you picnic on a carpet of moss.
Old Scenic Homestead Hike - If history is your passion, come for a hike with us as we journey back in time and explore some forgotten homesteads. On this lower elevation trail, you are almost guaranteed a day of seclusion as our journey meanders past beautiful rock walls that line old farm fields, tall chimneys, remnants of settler's homes, as well as the famous Parton Cemetery. This hike illustrates how Mother Nature recovers from man's influence. We will do some off trail exploring on this full day adventure.
Waterfall and Beyond Hike - Hike along a beautiful mountain river surrounded by a multitude of wildflowers. Come to a breathtaking Appalachian Cove forest found nowhere else on earth. Pause in the presence of giant columns of ancient trees on your way to the highest and most beautiful waterfall in the Park. After we picnic in the sunshine and glory of the falls, we will leave the others behind as we climb up a hidden path to explore the top of the cascades and enjoy the incredible vistas.
The Pinnacle - Take a trail not found on any Park map to one of the most pristine vistas is the Park. Great views of the main Smoky range, Mt. LeConte and Greenbrier. You see the mountain every time you come to the Park. Now its time to climb it.