Keep on the Sunny Side Trail

Sunny Side Trail: It just has that old-timey ring to it. Maybe because this historic trail travels the ancient Appalachian Mountains, the oldest mountains in North America, and among the oldest in the world.

On your next visit to White Oak Lodge and Resort, take the time to see Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg like you’ve never seen them before on the Sunny Side Trail.

The trail entails a drive through Smoky Mountain back roads and lush Appalachian countryside, through small towns brimming with history and attractions, 179 of them to be exact.

Maybe you find your thrills at amusement parks, or maybe it’s a shopping hunt that gives you a charge. And if you love exploring the unique, one-of-a-kind places and roadside attractions that make up the fabric of Tennessee, you’ll love finding gems like the childhood home of Dolly Parton or an authentic drive-in movie theater. It’s all here – all you need is a full tank of gas.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

Visit the places where all the good things to eat and drink are made, like the Sugarland Cellars for wind and Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard for fresh food with a view.

From the historical to the hilarious, theme parks, historic homesteads, theatres and more are waiting to entertain you. Check out the Bush Beans Visitor Center and the Robert Tino Gallery.

Civil War
Feel the era come alive at stops like the Rhyne Clock Company (in business since the turn of the century) and the home of Mahala Mullins who openly sold moonshine to feed her 18 children.

Food & Wine
In addition to plentiful pancake houses, some interesting places to take a meal include the Jonesborough Historic District and The Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant, or if you just want to sip on something, try the Smoky Mountain Winery.

History & Heritage
More than 175 stops fall into this category, so get ready for a lesson or two! The tour starts in a very interesting place, downtown Sevierville, the home of Dolly Parton. Add to that churches, iconic homes and Cosby, the moonshine capital of the world, to name a few.

Mary Jane Huskey Ogle Cabin. Mrs. Ogle is considered the first permanent settler of what is now Gatlinburg and this home is the oldest remaining structure.

The list goes on, covering music, art, nature and the outdoors with many a scenic stop, as well as shopping, sports and recreation.

Visit historic churches, cemeteries, town halls and main streets. Whether you’re looking for antiques, adventure or just a trip you’ll be talking about for years to come, you’ll find it when you keep on the Sunny Side.

For a complete list of the stops along the Sunny Side Trail, visit

What is your favorite way to see the sights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.