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805 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738



Distillery Hours:

Monday - Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday: Noon - 7 pm

Our Story

Sugarlands Distilling Company produces craft quality moonshine and whiskey. The distillery in downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn. is a popular attraction where guests are invited to taste free samples of authentic Sugarlands Shine, take behind the-scenes tours of the production, and purchase a variety of moonshine flavors, mountain merchandise, and apparel.


The Sugarlands

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In the Great Smoky Mountains, the Sugarlands was “a country of ill fame, hidden deep in remote gorges, difficult of access, tenanted by a sparse population which preferred to be a law unto themselves. For many a year, it had been known on our side as Blockaders' Glory, which is the same as saying Moonshiners' Paradise, and we all believed it to be fitly named." - Horace Kephart, Our Southern Highlanders, 1913

The land was largely inhabited by the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans. After being driven out by expansion by the US government in the mid 1800s, a handful of European settlers from Scotland and Ireland claimed the Sugarlands as their residence. Due to the predominance of sugar maple trees in the area, the early settlers appropriately label the area "Sugarlands". As the tiny community grew to a few families, they relied on the rich land of the Sugarlands Valley for farming. Corn was in heavy abundance, but little else. Carrying bushels of corn to the nearest market fetched only a small amount of trade value and was labor intensive. What the Sugarlanders lacked in wealth, they made up for in ingenuity. By using their natural resources—the sap of the sugar maple—they created a very marketable good. By the turn of the twentieth century moonshining became common in the area, especially in the Sugarlands, where few outsiders ever traveled. Turning corn into whiskey—known at the time as "blockade"—had a much higher return but making and selling their own liquor was still illegal. By hiding stills in the thick woods and rocky terrain, they kept the law at a fair distance, allowing these families to make a living. The Sugarlands was truly a haven for creating spirits and generating funds necessary to the expansion of the community. This great valley became known as Moonshiners' Paradise.

Over the next 30 years, the Sugarlands population grew to nearly 30 families. The logging industry had identified this region rich with some of the oldest trees on earth as prime real estate to supply a growing America with building lumber. The industry attracted more settlement in the area that recognized the sheer beauty and appeal of southern Appalachia.

The Sugarlands was given its name by it's early European settlers from Scotland and Ireland in the early 1800's. The predominance of sugar maple trees led it to be termed the "Sugarlands".

The Trails

Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian trail is roughly 2,180 miles, passing through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. Here in the Sugarlands, we host some of the most scenic and diverse sections of the whole trail. The Sugarlands includes the longest continual stretch above 5000 feet; it includes more tree diversity than Europe as a whole and mountain lore that has been shared for decades. The Sugarlands includes vistas typically only found in the Rockies due to unique rock formations that have created a section of the trail called the “Sawteeth”. From Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion, hikers experience a wide range of vegetation, many vista breaks, a backcountry shelter for overnight stays and one of the best scenic lunch spots in the South East.

Many stunning and secluded locations can be found with the help of an experienced guide. Enjoy the beauty of scenic spots, unknown to many Sugarlands locals. Such as Lester Prong headwaters on the jump-off trail, and the original “Bunion”. Guides also have amazing insight into the early mountaineers perspective. Such as Horace Kephart's retelling of the forest fires of the 1900's. You will appreciate the guided re-counting of the Sugarlands rich history along with the breath-taking landscape.

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