Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend the holidays in the Smoky Mountains? There’s never a bad time to visit, but we believe this time of year is extra special. We know you’ll absolutely love experiencing Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg, and here’s why: 

1. Delicious breakfast at Crockett’s Breakfast Camp

Cinnamon RollOur restaurant in Gatlinburg is open daily from 7 AM to 1 PM, so you can enjoy a hearty breakfast to start your day in the Smokies!  The Crockett’s Breakfast Camp menu features Southern breakfast dishes people return again and again for, such as Aretha’s thick pancakes, corned beef hash, omelets, and stuffed French toast. Our giant cinnamon rolls are another favorite item on the menu, and you can also order a deep-fried version topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce! At Crockett’s, we ensure every hungry traveler who comes through our doors is satisfied with our wide variety of breakfast specialties. 

2. Fun activities and attractions

There are so many fun things to do in Gatlinburg TN for Thanksgiving! Whether you enjoy relaxing at our cabin rental or hotel or want a full schedule of visiting attractions, the Smoky Mountains offers endless possibilities that will be sure to please everyone in your group. Popular places just a short distance from our restaurant include Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, mini-golf, arcades, escape rooms, Anakeesta, and more.  

3. Holiday shopping

Santa's Claus-et in gatlinburgYou’ll find plenty of places to go shopping in Gatlinburg to browse for the perfect Christmas gifts. There are stores for foodies, pet lovers, hikers, and children, shops with unique handmade items, and a Christmas-themed stop along the Arts and Crafts Community called Santa’s Claus-et. You’ll have everyone’s gifts crossed off your list in no time at all!

4. Winterfest

Another great thing about Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg is Winterfest! Stunning Christmas light displays, the Festival of Trees, and SkyPark’s Lights Over Gatlinburg are all experiences you won’t want to miss and are guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas! 

5. Less crowded hiking trails

the gatlinburg trail in the smoky mountainsThe many hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just waiting for you to explore them! Late fall is a great time for hiking since it’s typically a little less crowded; plus, you’ll enjoy breathing in the crisp mountain air! The Gatlinburg Trail is actually accessible from downtown Gatlinburg, not far from our restaurant. The paved walking or biking trail takes you to the Sugarlands Visitor Center inside the park, and it’s also dog-friendly! From a beautiful waterfall hike to Abrams Falls in Cades Cove or a day hike to the top of Mt. LeConte, it’s easy to spend the day in the great outdoors and admire the natural beauty of the Smokies. 

We hope you’re convinced to spend Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg and visit us when you do! Take a look at these Smoky Mountain scenic drives, another great activity we recommend during your fall getaway. We hope to see you very soon!