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address:

805 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

phone:

1-865-325-1355

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.

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Trails, Creeks, and Peaks

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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.

Charlies Bunion

Charlies Bunion also located on the Appalachian Trail, is home to some of the most rugged cliffs and ravines in the park. Heavily visited by day hikers, we will escape to areas where the path is less traveled. Some of the first settlers from North Carolina crawled over this area and into the Porters’ Flats to set up their homestead. Views of Mt. LeConte, Ocunaluftee Watershed, and the Sawteeth Ridge of the Appalachian Trail are highlights along this tour. Learn about the Spruce-Fir tree epidemic and enjoy cool mountain air on one of the most exposed sections of the park. Hear the stories of how “Bunion” got its name, as well as how both natural and human interference created this raw beauty we call, Charlies Bunion.

Newfound Gap and Indian Flats

Newfound Gap is considered the newest and lowest gap (route) across the Smokies. Indian Flats, about 1.5 miles west of Newfound Gap was the original road crossing of the Great Smoky Mountains. As Arnold Henry Guyot, a Swiss geographer measured many of the southern Appalachian elevations, he concluded that the "Newfound Gap was the best suitable Gap notch in the mountains to travel over". The trail to Newfound Gap takes you to an elevation of 5046 feet. The ecosystem you will witness is so different it is comparable to that of driving from Georgia to Maine. The temperature is consistently 10 degrees cooler than Gatlinburg.

Newfound Gap is also home to the Rockefeller Memorial. The Rockefeller Memorial was created to honor the $5 million donation made by the Rockefeller Foundation. This donation was an integral part of land acquisitions and brought about the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Also, the Appalachian Trail crosses the road here which is the TN and NC state line. In the 1830s, Indian Gap, charged a toll that allowed for journeying down the incredibly rugged trace. During the Civil War William Thomas, along with 600 Cherokee Indians, transformed the treacherous crossing into a road that served the armies of both sides.

Rainbow Falls

Known as “Scratch Britches”, Rainbow Falls is an access trail to the crest of the Smokies, Mt. LeConte. One of the first professional mountain guides in this area made his home in Rainbow Falls. Wiley Oakley, known for his extensive knowledge and wit, explored these mountains and often was sought after by interested tourist traveling to the area. This trail holds incredible stories of past mountaineers and various wildflowers in the Spring. Rainbow Falls are the home of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Sugarlands.

Fort Harry

Once a confederate fort that housed over 300 troops, Fort Harry was built in the middle of the Sugarlands Valley. The fort was established to prevent the Federal forces of East Tennessee from destroying the Alum Cave Mines located on the side of Mount LeConte. The Alum Cave Mines provided gunpowder and chemicals to the Confederacy.

Due to poor conditions and overcrowding, troops were required to take 8 hr shifts. Fort Harry only had enough beds for a third of the soldiers at any one given time. At Fort Harry significant rock faces can be seen, along with wet weather and a beautiful 90ft waterfall.

Off trail - Moderate

Court House Rock/ Quilliams family homesites

Court House Rock and the Smoky Mountain family, Quilliams, have a reach history. During WWI, Joe Quilliams used the Court House Rock area to hide out. Many a story recount the hills being filled with many moonshine operations. Moonshiners used the natural terrain to their advantage. The caves and steep rugged hollers, called 'Hells', were the perfect hiding spots from federal agents. It became a true cat and mouse chase through the Sugarlands, also known as Moonshiners Paradise.

You will find some of the most rare rock formations in this part of the park. This trail is not found on Smoky Mountain park maps. It is considered a moderate hike and highly encourage to utilize an experienced guide.

The Chimneys and Burg Hill

The Chimneys and Burg Hill is the location of Cherokee Indian and confederate burial grounds. The burial grounds can be found by the marked rocks and arrowhead shapes.

With over 1000 tourist hiking this trail each year, it is one of the most popular trails along Newfound Gap Road. Many hikers are unaware of the rich history and significance of the trail. It has been reported that at night you can hear the voices of long deceased soldiers and Cherokee warriors. Due to weathering and years of erosion, it is one of the most sought after views and adventures in the park. It borders the Sugarlands Mountains and is formed with Anakeesta rock.

moderate

Alum Cave and Mt. LeConte

The Alum Cave and Mt. LeConte area is possibly the most scenic trail in the entire South East. The trail contains Little Duck Hawk Ridge, which is a protected area, due to the swooping Peregrine falcons nesting on cliffs. Epsom salts Manufacturing company was founded at the Alum Cave in 1838 until sold in 1854.

The mountain folks used Epsom salts to dye homespun clothing a reddish brown. During the civil war, Confederates mined saltpeter out of the cave for gunpowder. This trail continues up to 6593 feet to Mt LeConte, who casts its beautiful shadow over the Sugarland Valley.

Moderate
5 mile one way with strenuous sections

The Old Sugarlands Trail

Running along the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River, the Old Sugarlands Trail was the main wagon route in the early settlement of the Sugarlands. An abundance of sugar maple trees enabled residents to sell and trade maple syrup among other crops within the communities nearby. Today just a short walk into the trail reveals some of the oldest sandstone rocks in Appalachia and jonquils still emerge each spring where homesteads once stood.