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 tea rooms.
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 theatre events at the Clarence Brown theatre 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 theatre 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 benefitting the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in May are popular, too.