Gatlinburg, y’all. It felt a lot like home when I was in and around Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smokies the past few days. That’s because I grew up in nearby North Carolina, attending college just 30 miles from the entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A lot has both changed and has not changed. For example, the main drag of Gatlinburg is now dotted with moonshine distilleries that weren’t even legal a few years ago. But some things never change, like how stupid beautiful the Great Smoky Mountains are.

Over the coming days and weeks I’ll be sharing more about my trip to Gatlinburg with Travel Mindset. Despite appearances, I did more than just drink moonshine in and around the Great Smokies. Meanwhile, take a virtual tour through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg with me.

Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Overlook Fall Foliage

One of the first Great Smoky Mountains overlooks mere miles from Gatlinburg.

Hiking near Gatlinburg in the Great Smokies

An actual moonshine hiking trail exists just outside of Gatlinburg.

Sugarlands Horseback Riding Stables

You won’t catch Adaline (my horse from Sugarlands Riding Stables) and I ridin’ dirty through Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sugarlands Riding Stables in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

One of the better views horseback riding I’ve ever seen.

Black Bear Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Trail

I had evidently just missed this black bear on the trails of Sugarlands Riding Stables.

Spence Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Obviously, they were expecting me in the Great Smokies.

Abandoned cabin in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cabin porn is a thing, right?

Cabin vacation rental in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Rent a cabin in Gatlinburg; trust me.

Flying Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Another first, learning to fly fish, this from just outside Gatlinburg in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ole Smoky Moonshine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Moonshine is to Gatlinburg what coffee is to Seattle. I’m not so sure some people put it in their coffee. Actually, I put in me hot apple cider one night.

Sugarlands Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Sugarlands, located on the main drag, livens up when the sun goes down.

Sugarlands Distillery Concerts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Knox County Jug Stompers taking the stage at Sugarlands. See if you can spot the baby in the photo.

Sugarlands Distillery Moonshine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This ain’t your granny’s moonshine.

Cocktails from Sugarlands Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Y’all, it’s habanero-infused moonshine cocktails. Obvi, with watermelon. This is the south.

Doc Collier's Moonshine in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The new (moonshine) kid on the street in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Fly Fishing River Great Smoky Mountains National Park

No, my fly fishing guide and I aren’t trying to figure out how to take a selfie, but rather, just trying to turn my GoPro off.