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					How to Spend a Weekend with Your Church Group in Gatlinburg Tennessee
By: Bob Foster

Weekend trips to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains are a great retreat choice
for any church group. Among the many different wholesome attractions and activities,
every member of your group will find something that appeals to their tastes. To plan the
perfect youth group or family retreat weekend, check out some of these popular, regional

With more than 500,000 acres of forest and 800 miles of trails, every weekend in
Gatlinburg demands a Saturday hike in the Great Smoky Mountains. Your group could
easily spend an entire Saturday here. Try packing a lunch and enjoying the long trails of
varying difficulties for a group with mixed age participants. Don?t forget your binoculars,
as the Smokies are home to more than 200 species of birds.

To keep enjoying the beauty of God?s creation, take the group to the Ober Gatlinburg Ski
Resort and Amusement Park and ride high above the Smokies. The Ober?s 120-passenger
gondola will give you and your group the lift you need on trip that covers two miles in 10
minutes, and that will take you to the top of the mountain where your group can indoor
skate year-round and ski or snowboard in the winter. Summer also offers an alpine slide,
black bear habitat, bungee fun, and miniature golf at Ober. Be sure to have lunch up
there, too?you?ll want to spend as much time catching the mountain air as you can.

If outdoor adventures don?t appeal to the group, don?t worry; plenty of museums and
indoor attractions await to keep everyone entertained. How about Ripley?s Aquarium of
the Smokies? Ripley?s is one of Gatlinburg?s most attended attractions?and when you
stop in you will understand exactly why. This fully stocked aquarium has more than eight
different exhibits to explore, from Shark Lagoon to their Lethal Weapons exhibit to their
new Penguin Playhouse. Get up close and personal with some of the world?s most
interesting sea creatures in the Discovery Center, where you and your group can touch
the oddly fantastic horseshoe crabs. Best of all, Ripley?s offers group rates on admission,
making it an affordable stop for your group.

To take a break or to end your day, check out some of the delicious restaurants in
Gatlinburg. The Parkway, Gatlinburg?s main street, offers food choices ranging from
Tennessee?s famous barbeque to seafood to pizza. Your church can go to one of the
area?s many family-dining establishments to find cuisine that offer enough varieties to
please a large group.

And don?t forget about church on Sunday morning. No matter your church?s
denomination, a house of worship door?s open for your group. There are also revivals
every day of the week in Sevier County. Gatlinburg is a great place for group worship, as
the natural beauty of the mountains commands a strong spiritual quality.

These are just a few of the many options for your group to choose when planning a Great
Smoky Mountain vacation. Make sure to ask wherever you plan to visit if they offer
group discounts, a huge perk of traveling together. Regardless of what you pick, the
family fun that eastern Tennessee offers tourists is custom-made for any church group.

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