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A man runs through the forest, pausing briefly to take in his surroundings: rolling mountains and verdant trees as far as the eye can see. Suddenly, a twig cracks, breaking the silence, and the pristine view dissolves within a cloud of paint. The game is over. At its outpost within the mountains, Smoky Mountain Paintball has converted the area's natural terrain into outdoor paintball fields. Here, players weave between trees and peak over walls in search of enemy combatants. The simulated battlefields are also a strategist?s dream; referees take requests, and will set up almost any type of game provided that players adhere to the rules and don't require a human-sized chessboard. Away from the colorful warzone, a pro shop brims with camouflage and Tippmann markers, In addition to paint-fueled grudge matches, combatants can also settle scores with Smoky Mountain Paintball?s expanded arsenal of Airsoft and low-impact paintball battles.
12240 Chapman Highway
Seymour,
TN
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Three Bears General Store, located at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is more than just a shop. The facade resembles a town from the Wild West, and what's inside will make you feel like you've traveled back in time. At the forefront of the 40,000-square-foot shop is myriad country-style goodies, ranging from NASCAR memorabilia to jewelry to dolls and collectibles to handcrafted sweet treats. Treasure troves of homemade fudge, caramel apples, and moonshine jelly await sweet teeth, along with funnel cakes made on the spot. But beyond the gifts and souvenirs, the shop boasts a live bear habitat in which guests can interact with and feed five bears. And visitors can make a stuffed, plush replica of their favorite bear at the Make-UR-Bear Factory. An old-timey photo studio commemorates visits with sepia-toned portraits of family members posed in front of one of seven sets, which include costumes and props, such as stuffed possums, play rifles, and space helmets from the 1800s.
2861 Pkwy.
Pigeon Forge,
TN
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Sylva, North Carolina is nestled in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, a grandiose setting that has provided inspiration for many excellent works of literature. In town, the City Lights Bookstore highlights these local books to share with the community and the rest of the world. The wooden stacks inside the cozy shop are mirrored by endless rows of books online, available to community members no matter where they live. Try Timm Muth's fantasy novel, Disciple of the Flames, or Jenny Bennett's The Twelve Streams of LeConte, which takes place in Sylva and even at the bookstore. The authors often visit City Lights to read from their works and sign purchased books, so you have ample opportunity to ask them why they didn't name their big villains after you.
3 E Jackson St
Sylva,
NC
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At Pigeon Forge Gem Mine, kids get a chance to see what mining for gems was like in the 1800s, when North Carolina miners would divert a stream to search for gems. Visitors sift through a bucket of sand and pull out stones to be examined by the assayer, who determines whether the stone is a ruby, sapphire, or just an unpopped popcorn kernel. At the lapidary, the gem is cut and polished so a jeweler can mount it on a ring or pendant. The rocks come from all over the world?although staff might playfully claim that they're harvested from the Little Pigeon River by seven tiny, whistling miners. While waiting for their jewelry, visitors can browse the general store or check out the specimens in the free rock and fossil museum.
2865 Parkway
Pigeon Forge,
TN
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Nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee, Hillside Winery presses and ferments its catalog of Italian-style and sparkling wines on site, often using fruit sourced from local farms. A rustic tasting room puts visitors in relaxation mode, while they sip sangiovese, pinot grigio, and Asti-style spumante from complimentary tasting glasses or prepare to engage the gift shop’s stuffed bear in staring contests. Behind the scenes, guests can see the polished, stainless-steel drums that press the grapes and store the wines, and observe as each bottle is capped, not corked. Butterflies captured by nature photographer Patricia Ferguson grace Hillside’s wine labels, adding a delicate note to each wine’s flavor profile.
229 Collier Dr
Sevierville,
TN
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Though they had stable, successful careers, Erik and Vesna Plakanis found themselves increasingly dissatisfied with their lives. Naturalists at heart, the nearby Smoky Mountains became an ever more powerful draw, enticing the couple to spend more and more time in the quiet, misty woods they loved. Things came to a head in 1998, after Erik ventured into the woods alone seeking answers. He came out convinced that his purpose was to share the wonders of the forest with others, so he and Vesna gave up their jobs and founded A Walk in the Woods to lead tours and raise environmental awareness.  Adding to their decades-long knowledge of the park's trails, the two are experts on edible plants, animal tracking, wilderness survival, and traditional storytelling, filling treks with interesting tidbits and engrossing yarns. A gaggle of fellow guides, handpicked for their love of nature and knowledge of the Great Smoky Mountains, helps lead the list of hikes and trips, which range from two hours to a full day to give patrons the chance to feel at one with nature without chaining themselves to the back of a deer.
4413 E Scenic Dr.
Gatlinburg,
TN
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