The Best Gatlinburg Attractions and Restaurants for Athletes at Rocky Top Sports World

The skyline of the city of Gatlinburg.

One of the advantages of participating in a tournament or event at Rocky Top Sports World is having the chance to visit Gatlinburg, TN. Located at the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains, our city is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country. Even if you have a demanding playing schedule, you will still be able to find time to enjoy everything the region has to offer.

To help you make the most of your trip to the Smokies, Rocky Top Sports World has put together a guide to the best Gatlinburg attractions and restaurants near our campus.

Places to Visit in the Gatlinburg Area

Ripley’s Entertainment runs a number of great attractions in Gatlinburg including Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, which ranks among the top ten aquariums in the United States on TripAdvisor! This hugely popular destination is home to over 10,000 sea creatures, with sharks and penguins taking a starring role. Other fun Ripley’s destinations include Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, Ripley’s Moving Theater, and Ripley’s Mirror Maze.

WonderWorks is a one-of-a-kind indoor amusement park with more than 100 hands on exhibits that both kids and adults will love.

The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is an 8 mile loop road in Gatlinburg that is home to a wonderful collection of studios, galleries, shops, and cafes. Visitors will find handcrafted items made by over 120 local artists and craftspeople.

CLIMB Works offers incredible zipline tours and mountain biking trails minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

TopJump is an awesome trampoline park complete with a gladiator pit, ninja course, dodgeball area, arcade, and candy store.

Dick’s Sporting Goods is your one stop shop for any athletic equipment and apparel you may need for your event at Rocky Top Sports World.A white water rafting adventure.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors is the area’s largest whitewater rafting provider. Guests will enjoy thrilling adventures down the Pigeon River, the third most rafted river in the nation.

Places to Eat in the Gatlinburg Area

Three Jimmy’s serves fresh, homemade food in a fun atmosphere. Whether you choose a burger, salad, or brick oven pizza, you can’t go wrong at this restaurant.

Mountain Edge Grill offers excellent American fare in a ski lodge setting. Be sure to try their white chicken chili soup!

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin specializes in scratch made pancakes and other delicious breakfast items.

Mama’s Farmhouse is ideal for groups with a hearty appetite! Enjoy all of your Southern favorites served family style.

The Melting Pot has perfected the art of fondue. With both cheese and chocolate fondues, this restaurant offers a variety of savory and sweet delights.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que doesn’t mess around with its meats. Hickory smoked for up to 14 hours, Bennett’s brisket, chicken, pork, and ribs are always cooked to perfection.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. takes its name from the fictional company featured in the famous movie Forrest Gump. If you like shrimp and seafood dishes, you will love this restaurant!

A tasty steak dinner with vegetables.Alamo Steakhouse serves Angus steaks that are aged to perfection and seared over an oak fire.

Crystelle Creek Restaurant & Grill is a local favorite known for its seafood, steaks, Italian dishes, and BBQ.

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria is the place to be if you’re a fan of wood-fired brick oven pizza. Guests can expect pies made with only the freshest ingredients.

TGI Friday’s offers a varied menu with all of your favorite dishes, including burgers, steaks, chicken, seafood, and mouthwatering appetizers.

Golden Corral is a family-friendly buffet with everything you could possibly want to eat.

Quaker Steak & Lube is legendary for its chicken wings and iconic car-themed decor.

Corky’s Ribs & BBQ specializes in Memphis-style BBQ and comfort food.

Mad Dog’s Creamery & Donuts is a “one stop sweet shop” with a great selection of ice cream, funnel cakes, and donuts.  

Food City has a great deli and some delicious hot dishes along with a huge selection of grocery items.

About Rocky Top Sports WorldAerial view of the fields at Rocky Top Sports World.

Rocky Top Sports World is an 80 acre athletic campus located minutes away from all of the best Gatlinburg attractions and restaurants. Our state-of-the-art complex features seven fields, six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, bleacher seating, team rooms, and everything else you need for an amazing tournament. We offer Gatorade to help our athletes stay hydrated and a variety of Pepsi products at our onsite grill. LeConte Medical Center provides medical staff during our events to ensure a safe and fun playing experience for all.

To learn more about the wonderful businesses we partner with, check out the Rocky Top Sports World Sponsors page!