Creekwalk Inn provides the ideal lodging accommodations for your Gatlinburg vacation.
Here you are close enough to experience all of the wonderful attractions and activities in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas. Yet our secluded country location is away from the crowds, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park…spanning over 500,000 acres, over 700 miles of well-marked hiking trails, waterfalls, and historic sites, Cades Cove. Year-round events in the Smokies include botanical talks, festivals and interpretive ranger events. Our Cosby entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park connects to the Appalachian Trail at Mount Cammerrer, our mountain view from the farm. There are easy to strenuous hikes taking you into the most diverse kingdom of plants and animals in the world. Mount LeConte trails are popular, the eastern continental divide on 441 at Newfound Gap and Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Smokies at 6,643. Bring your camera for unbelievable sunsets over the mountains.
- Cataloochee has over 100 elk repopulating the area and is a fun day trip from Whisperwood Farm. Another favorite day trip is the trip to Asheville, NC, to the Biltmore House, just an hour away. Hot Springs, NC, is a fun stop on the way if you want to go back roads and have a massage or soak in a spring-fed hot tub.
- Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is about 35 minutes from the farm, again on back roads avoiding traffic. There is great shopping in the Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Guild Loop between the farm and Gatlinburg make a fun day of crafting, pubs, and tearooms.
- Gatlinburg offers Ripley’s Aquarium, walking with the sharks and petting the sting rays, quite a change from swimming with mountain trout in our favorite river swimming holes, such as Midnight Hole at Big Creek, one of the nearby National Park entrances.
- Tail of the Dragon is a popular name for the hairpin turns on some of the National Park Road–popular with our motorcycle guests or sports car enthusiasts. A trip to the races at Bristol isn’t too far, just about an hour and a half from the farm on easy roads.
- The sports games at University of Tennessee, football and basketball, track and baseball, swimming meets, plus the music and theater events at the Clarence Brown theater combine nature loving and city loving all in the same weekend. Of course, our Knoxville “Do the Zoo!” is always in style.
- Locally, we have Carver’s Orchard, apple blossoms in spring and wonderful fall apples, 5 wineries open for tasting on an east Tennessee winery tour, locally made quilts and other crafts, bluegrass and old-time music at The Front Porch, just across the street, a restaurant known for live music and great food.
- Hot air ballooning is fun and can be arranged over the mountains, depending on weather. Horseback riding is always fun up into the mountains at the Smoky Mountain Stables.
- Concert tickets to Sweet Fanny Adams theater will bring you home chuckling. The Comedy Barn is fun, too, in Pigeon Forge, and the classic Dixie Stampede is popular for a dinner date.
- We also offer 4-course dining at the farm with everything from lobster to filet Mignon–your menu is planned with the chef when you make your reservation.
- Winterfest is a continuing event through the winter months, and the car shows (Rod Run) are popular if you like old cars, or fast ones. Wilderness Week in Pigeon Forge is an educational winter event. Gatlinburg’s spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in April and the Fine Arts Festival benefiting the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in May are popular, too.
- Great Smoky Mountains Hiking Trails
- Pack your boots or Teva sandals, or any other brand, to experience wonderful Tennessee hiking during your stay at Creekwalk Inn. Be ready to enter the sacred forest. All of our rooms are named after hiking trails, and our cabins are named after wildflowers. We could have dozens more as the Great Smokies are known for bio-diversity.
- Backpacker Magazine has named the trail to Mount Cammerer “the best in the southeast”. We look at the mountain out our windows and across our meadows from the farm. The round trip trail is 12 miles and very strenuous. Atop the mountain is a lookout tower with amazing views of surrounding peaks.
- Moderate trails and even easy strolls abound in the park. Whether you are on a wildflower pilgrimage in spring, enjoying the Mountain Laurel blooms in May, or coming to see the rhododendron blossoms in June and July, wild blueberry and blackberry picking in July and August, enjoying the golden month of September when all begins to change color, or hiking in the brisk air of October and on into winter, the trials of the Smokies are exhilaratingly beautiful.
- There are day hikes and trails leading to waterfalls. A guest favorite is a waterfall hike with picnic lunch to Hen Wallow Falls, trailhead in the Cosby entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ramsay Cascades, a 100-foot waterfall, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Park.
- Many of our guests are completing the entire 700 miles of trails, a little bit at a time. We are glad to assist with shuttles for through hikes. We’ll even come get you or arrange for a taxi if you don’t have a car and need a ride to our inn if you are a through hiker on the Appalachian Trail, 72 miles of which run through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including atop Mount Cammerer.
- One of the best-known wildflower walks is the Porter Creek trail at the Greenbrier entrance to the park. The old cabins, barn, and springhouse were built by hiking club enthusiasts in 1934 and are maintained in excellent condition for day visits–great place for eating your picnic lunch in the park. Farther on is a beautiful waterfall, one of many in the area. We’ll match your time and energy to the perfect trail. Ask us the night before your hike, and we will pack you a picnic lunch, simple but sublime because of where you choose to eat it!
- Our auto tours of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are rewarding as well, and there are many picnic areas along the way. We are the eastern continental divide, our highest mountains reaching over 6,600 feet from the valley elevation of 1,600. The historic buildings are maintained by the park and park volunteers. Trails are well marked. We give you a free map to all the trails in the park.