The Tennessee Whiskey Trail Itinerary — East
Ready to explore even more of the state? Head east on I-40 towards Knoxville, then turn south once you hit Lebanon for a scenic off-the-beaten path drive to visit an authentic watering hole, Jug Creek Distillery. The distillers here take small batch craftsmanship to a whole new level. The process of distilling, bottling and proofing is done entirely by hand using local grains and Tennessee honeycombs amid the beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and babbling creek that surrounds the property.
Drive east along Tennessee’s back-road highways for a pit stop at another small batch distillery, Short Mountain Distillery. Short Mountain is a great place to get a taste of organic Tennessee Whiskey or authentic Tennessee Moonshine along with lunch at their All-American style café serving up organic mash-fed beef burgers, fried chicken and waffles, and a one-of-a-kind moonshine brownie to top it all off.
Continue heading east toward Knoxville, the state’s third largest city behind Nashville and Memphis. Settle in near Market Square or Gay Street for a lively evening filled with music, scrumptious cuisine and a good dose of Southern hospitality. Make time to stop by the tasting room at Knox Whiskey Works near the heart of all the action in downtown Knoxville. You can sample four of their locally produced spirits, or kick back with some of their award-winning Old City Heirloom Corn Whiskey.
Just down the street, be sure to check out PostModern Distilling, an innovative, locally owned new distillery located in the historic Jackson Terminal. Specializing in spirits for the modern consumer. Crafting authentic yet edgy spirits for both experienced drinkers as well as those new to the spirits market. PostModern Distilling features an innovative tasting room and manufacturing facility on site, as yet another destination for locals and visitors to experience something new, from tastings and tours offered along with special events and activities at the nearly 4,000 square foot facility.
Jug Creek Distillery
Short Mountain Distillery
Knox Whiskey Works
Keep heading east toward Sevierville by way of Thunder Road, a historic route that got its nickname as part of an undercover operation to nab moonshiners illegally producing that “good old mountain dew” during prohibition. Stop by Thunder Road Distillery, a distillery that pays homage to the legendary route and the whiskey runners’ spirit that inspired its namesake.
Continue south, then take a short detour to Tennessee Legend Distillery in Sevierville. From flavorful Tennessee whiskies to smooth, classic White Lightning Moonshine, this distillery captures the legendary recipes of the mountains with its distinct flavors.
Enjoy the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevierville. Located in the foothills of America’s visited national park, Sevierville is within a day’s drive of over half the nation’s population. This popular mountain town is known for its high-end outlet shopping, exciting attractions and distillery tours. Try ziplining (there are more than 14 courses in the area), indulge in down-home southern cooking at roadside dives and spend time exploring historic downtown Sevierville. You’ll soon discover why Smithsonian Magazine named Sevierville one of its “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015.”
Free activities in Sevierville:
Historical downtown Sevierville walking tour: more than 20 points of interest throughout historic downtown Sevierville. Pick up a free brochure detailing the tour at any downtown business or in front of the Dolly Parton statue.
Sevierville’s Greenway System: Enjoy a stroll along Sevierville’s Greenway system, which extends throughout the city. http://www.seviervilletn.org/index.php/spard-programs/greenway-trails-beautification.html
PetSafe Unleased Dog Park: This facility offers separate large and small dog areas, dog agility equipment, water, shade, observation cameras, Wi-Fi connectivity, benches and a designated parking/handicapped parking area. All pets must be vaccinated as required by City and State laws. http://www.seviervilletn.org/index.php/spard-programs/petsafe-unleashed-dogpark.html
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Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
Do you like Harley- Davidson? You have so many options with Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson. Run by one or all three of their shops while in the area.
Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson in Kodak, TN is your first stop as you head into historic Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg! Located next door to Bass Pro Shop and convenient to Smokies Stadium, SMH-D Kodak is an alternative retail outlet with discounted Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson and The Shed Smokehouse and Juke Joint products, as well as multiple vintage and custom bikes on display. This is your first stop for incredible photos with works of art in the form of motorcycles! SMH-D Kodak is also one of the nation’s only Official Harley-Davidson Dealerships selling exclusively pre-owned motorcycles. SMH-D Kodak is an extension of the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson® family, offering a superior level of customer service delivered by friendly people in a uniquely relaxing environment.
Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, TN, Rocky Top Harley-Davidson has an expansive selection of new and pre-owned motorcycle inventory that is only outmatched by its location among some of the nation’s best riding scenes. This includes the alluring Cherohala Skyway, the world renowned U.S. 129 “Tail of the Dragon” with its 318 banked curves in 11 miles providing an unparalleled adrenaline rush, and breathtaking Highway 441, which travels through the Great Smoky Mountains to Cherokee, NC. Rocky Top Harley-Davidson is a full service dealership offering rentals, service, shopping, and motorcycle sales. RTH-D is an extension of the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson® family, offering a superior level of customer service delivered by friendly people in a uniquely relaxing environment.
Extend your road trip a bit farther by traveling east to Newport to Cocke County Moonshine Distillery, where you can get a taste of 100% authentic Tennessee moonshine spiced with home-style flavors and real fruit juice.
Your next stop is Hartford, TN for a taste of Bootleggers Distillery’s whiskey, which may just be the smallest batch distillery in the nation with its small-batch products brewed in 25-gallon stills.
Once you get to Pigeon Forge, be sure to check out the Old Forge Distillery in The Old Mill area of town. These connoisseurs of great whiskey grind their own grains and use old-fashioned methods of distilling to craft some truly remarkable spirits. Since you’re on the cusp of the Smoky Mountains, trying some of the locally crafted moonshine is a must. If you’re brave enough, try some of their 1830 Original Unaged Corn varietal. It’s distilled with pure, local Smoky Mountain spring water which yields a slightly sweeter, smooth and well-balanced finish. After a few samples, hit the historic Old Mill Restaurant and shops next door, an 1830s-era gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River transformed into a unique dining and shopping destination.
Still thirsty? Head over to the The Island in Pigeon Forge, a popular destination with many choices for entertainment, dining, shopping and lodging. Right along the entrance of the Island is the 6,000-square foot Ole Smoky Barn Distillery, that includes an onsite still and a tasting bar, with live bluegrass music performing on the outdoor stage daily.
Want to stretch your legs and get some fresh air? Head to Dollywood, named for the iconic country crooner, Dolly Parton. It’s a lot like Disneyland but with a lot more twang and Southern charm. The theme park boasts gasp-worthy roller-coasters, endless shows and entertainment opportunities plus a water park to boot.
Thunder Road Distillery
Tennessee Legend Distillery
Cocke County Moonshine
Old Forge Distillery
Old Smoky Barn Distillery
If you’re ready for a little more adventure, take the short 7.5-mile trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It’s home to some of the most unique eateries, attractions, and distilleries around, as well as stunning mountain scenery any time of year.
Take a stroll along the main parkway to soak in the eccentric sights and sounds of downtown Gatlinburg. Right along the main drag are stops at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, famous for its crisp Apple Pie Moonshine and Ole Smoky Mountain Java Moonshine, or stop by at Ole Smoky Whiskey Distillery, with plenty of spirits to taste like its Ole Smoky Salty Caramel Whiskey; Doc Collier Moonshine, where you can sample its English mountain spring water ‘shine; and Sugarlands Distilling Company, specializing in one-of-a-kind flavors like Tickle’s Dynamite Cinnamon, Maple Bacon and Dark Chocolate Coffee Cream.
While in the area stop by Hillbilly Harley-Davidson located in Gatlinburg, TN and surrounded by the Smoky Mountains, Hillbilly Harley-Davidson offers customers the only official Harley-Davidson merchandise available in Gatlinburg. Convenient to pedestrians and riders alike, Hillbilly Harley-Davidson is the perfect stop for souvenirs, t-shirts, and down home southern hospitality. Motorcycle parking is absolutely FREE! Hillbilly Harley-Davidson is an extension of the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson® family, offering a superior level of customer service delivered by friendly people in a uniquely relaxing environment.
If you are looking a slower pace and some relaxation, Townsend is where you want to visit (18 miles from Pigeon Forge, 23 miles from Gatlinburg and 34 miles from Knoxville). Full of history, adventure and southern charm, Townsend, or better know as The Peaceful Side of the Smokies, will be your new favorite get away.
Fresh mountain air and starry night skies are not the only things that await you.
The Smoky Mountains and Townsend offer a wild playground for even the most traveled adventurers. Paddlers, hikers, bicyclers, nature enthusiasts and outdoor-loving families will love the excitement and serenity of the Peaceful Side of the Smokies. Come nightfall, you can “rough it” in a primitive campsite or luxuriate at a five-star resort – with every option in between.
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Ole Smoky Moonshine
Ole Smoky Whiskey
Doc Collier Moonshine
Sugarlands Distilling Co.
Now, put the car in drive and head southwest to Chattanooga, a beautiful city that is set along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Chattanooga is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream locale with rock climbing, hiking and white water rafting action abound. Check out some of the area’s popular attractions.
While you’re downtown, plan to spend some time at Chattanooga Whiskey Co. (formerly Tennessee Stillhouse), a micro-distillery and tasting room.
Spend the afternoon shopping downtown or head to North Shore, a hip, yet historical district just north of the river. For those with a slight sweet tooth, you’ll want to check out the MoonPie General Store – a perfect stop for souvenirs for friends and family members back home!
Chattanooga Whiskey Co.