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Best Summer Vacation Experiences and Attractions Around Kodak, TN

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Newfound Gap near Kodak TN.

Best Summer Vacation Experiences and Attractions Around Kodak, TN

Summer vacations are always fun, whether you are staying close to home or traveling across the country. For those heading to East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s one stop you just can’t miss – Old Tennessee Distilling Co. in Kodak, TN. Right off the interstate and on your way to the mountains, our free tastings and $5 cocktails are the perfect pitstop you didn’t know you needed. Check out favorite attractions and experiences near Kodak, TN. 


Moonshine Tasting

A trip to East Tennessee is not complete without a proper moonshine tasting! You can find your new favorite flavor of moonshine – from apple pie to peach, s’mores to cinnamon, and everything in between. Make sure you stock up for the rest of your trip and your bar back home while you’re here!


Visit the Great Smoky Mountains

One of the main attractions around our area, and the most visited national park in America, is the Great Smoky Mountains. Hikers can enjoy the mountains throughout the year, but there is something special about hiking the Great Smoky Mountains during the summer months. Summer walkers can find shade under spruce trees or follow the mountain streams to waterfalls and cascades during the warmer months. One of the biggest problems hikers run into is choosing a trail, but the National Park Service guide has detailed all of the information any hiker needs to pick the right trail for them; you’ll also find more information on what to bring and what to expect, so make sure you check it out before hitting the trails. 


If you want to enjoy nature but have a need for speed, you can bike through the Great Smoky Mountains. Cades Cove Loop Road is a favorite for cyclists; this 11-mile loop gives you the chance to view the wildlife of the Smokies and tour 19th-century homesites. There are many other roads and mountain bike trails to choose from when biking in the Smoky Mountains. We always believe in the safety-first aspect, so make sure you stay up-to-date with the most suitable roads and trails to bike on.


If hiking and biking are not your style, but you still want to enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, you might enjoy auto touring. With 384 miles of road to choose from, there are many places you can explore without leaving your car.


Smokies Stadium

The Smokies Stadium is home to the Tennessee Smokies Minor League Baseball team. Located less than a mile from our distillery, it’s a great way to spend a night under the lights. Check out the Smokies website for game times and special events at the stadium.


White Water Rafting

Rafting through the Great Smoky Mountains is an exhilarating experience and the ultimate group adventure. Rafting through the mountains gives you a new perspective to view the beautiful scenery and wildlife. There are many great white water rafting options depending on what you want to get out of your adventure. Note that you will most likely get wet on this ride, so make sure to pack extra clothes and plastic bags for important belongings, like cell phones and car keys.


Sky High Air Tours

There is nothing like seeing the Great Smoky Mountains from a bird’s-eye view. Sky High Air Tours provides a unique and fun way to view Tennessee in an authentic Waco Biplane.


Jeep and ATV Tours

Take auto touring to the next level by taking a jeep tour through the Smokies. You can enjoy a tremendous off-road experience led by a certified local tour guide. If you want more control but still want the off-road adventure, you can ride the Smoky Mountain bluffs on a guided ATV trail ride.


Visit Pigeon Forge

The town of Pigeon Forge is a great summer destination located 30 minutes south of Kodak. There is so much to do in this mountain town, from visiting Cades Cove to swimming at Dollywood’s Splash Country or checking out the local summer festivals, you can always find something fun to do in Pigeon Forge.


Visit Gatlinburg

The charm of Gatlinburg cannot be missed; this historic town is full of fun attractions and incredible history. You can visit the aquarium, tour historical sights, ride a mountain coaster, and so much more. Regardless of your hobbies and interests, Gatlinburg has something for everyone to enjoy.  


Visit Knoxville

The city of Knoxville is a perfect mix of natural beauty, adventure, and culture. Visit Market Square in the heart of downtown Knoxville to check out the great variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and the overall culture of the city. Head over to the local farmers market on Saturdays, take a tour of the city and museums, or attend a live event; there is an endless amount of things to do in Knoxville.


Summertime in East Tennessee is always full of fun and adventure. With so much to do and see, it is an excellent spot for a summer vacation. When visiting East Tennessee, moonshine tasting and enjoying some good ol’ Tennessee whiskey is a must. Make sure you stop by our Kodak, TN location while on your East Tennessee tour. Visit our website to explore all of the spirits we offer and start planning what you’ll bring back home with you. 

Kent Merritt

Gatlinburg native Kent Merrit oversees the behind-the-scenes operations at Old Tennessee Distilling Company. He has over 35 years of manufacturing and business management experience and is passionate about developing and promoting businesses with exceptional products and excellent customer service. He invites you to pop in at Old Tennessee Distilling Co. for a free tasting of moonshine and distilled spirits. "Take a moment, take a sip, and get a taste for Tennessee."

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