Gatlinburg, TN is a typical little mountain town but what they have to offer visitors to the area is anything but ‘little.’ With shopping lining both sides of the Parkway, attractions at every corner, you can visit Gatlinburg and never leave the mountain. Nestled right against the Smoky Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg beauty only slightly surpasses its adventure.
Though the Cherokee hunted in the flats around the present day city of Gatlinburg, the first European settlers to the area came due to South Carolina native William Ogle. Though Ogle never lived in the area for very long his relatives did end up coming to the area and settling in the Cartertown area of Gatlinburg. 1856 saw the first post office being formed in the Radford Gatlin general store. Though the people of the area didn’t care for Gatlin they liked his name and kept it after they ran Gatlin out of town.
The logging industry in the late 1800s kept the town going but the real boon for the town was when the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded. The National Park being located on the boundary of the Gatlinburg brings millions of visitors through the town each year, this has made Gatlinburg a central location for people visiting the Smokies.
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