Alpine Mountain Chalets FAQ

Here are some things you need to know about staying in a Gatlinburg cabin or a Pigeon Forge cabin rental at Alpine Mountain Chalets to make your Smoky Mountains vacation as memorable as possible!

Are there grocery stores near our cabin?

Yes, there are plenty of grocery stores in the area. The closest grocery store to most of our cabins is the Pigeon Forge Food City located on the main parkway between traffic lights 7 & 8. There is also a Kroger in Pigeon Forge located on Wears Valley Rd, just off the parkway at traffic light 3. There are two other Food City stores one in Gatlinburg Hwy 321, and the other in Sevierville on Dolly Parton Parkway. We also have Super Wal-Mart in Sevierville, which is located on Hwy 441, (the main Parkway) just north of Pigeon Forge.

Where is the closest airport?

The closest Airport is the McGee Tyson Airport located in Alcoa, Tennessee. The directions from the airport to Pigeon Forge are as follows:

From the airport, you will need to follow the directions toward Knoxville, you will be on US-129 North/ Alcoa Highway. Follow US-129 North/Alcoa Highway approximately 5.9 miles. Exit right at TN-168 East/West Gov. John Sevier Highway. Stay straight and follow this road approximately 6.4 miles. Turn left at Traffic light onto the connector road US-441 South/TN-71 via the ramp on the left. This ramp will enable you to merge into traffic on US-441 South/TN-71/Chapman Highway. Follow this road approximately 18.3 miles until it intersects with Forks Of The River Parkway. There is a traffic light at this intersection. At the light, turn right onto US-441/Forks Of The River Parkway. This road will take a turn to the right, you will now be on the main Parkway that connects Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Are your chalets close to the attractions?

Yes, all of our cabins are located in and around the Pigeon Forge area, just minutes from Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, action packed Pigeon Forge, The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Downtown Gatlinburg, all of the finest shopping and restaurants. Our cabins can be as close as a short walk from the Parkway or just tucked away enough to give you the privacy and relaxation you deserve during your vacation.

What do I need to bring?

All of our cabins have fully equipped kitchens and washer and dryers. We provide starter amounts of paper towels, toilet paper and trash bags, so here are some items you might need; food, beverages (coffee filters), spices, paper products, trash bags, charcoal (unless your cabin has a gas grill), lighter fluid, foil, plastic wrap and laundry detergent. If you have an infant, you may need a portable crib and linens for the crib. We also provide all of the cabins linen including towels, however we do suggest you bring beach towels if you plan to enjoy our resort pool. We recommend to all of our guests that you pack a first aid kit and a flashlight in the unlikely event that you would need them

What do you provide?

We provide towels, bed linens and starter amounts of toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, detergent for the dishwasher, garbage bags and hand soap for the bathrooms in all of our cabin rentals.

What about fishing?

There are several beautiful areas to fish in the Smoky Mountain Area. You are required to have a fishing license that can be purchased at Wal-mart, which is located on the main parkway in between Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. Wal-mart is open 24 hours.

When can we see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains and when does it snow?

The Smoky Mountain array of fall colors always depends upon the amount of rainfall and the temperature leading up to October. The fall colors usually peak anywhere from mid to late October. The colors normally last until the beginning of November.

If you want to see snow, your best bet is to visit anywhere between Christmas and the end of February. Gatlinburg Winters normally don’t see any significant snowfall, but if we do get any accumulation it is most likely to occur in January and February. Of course the higher elevations will have some accumulation, while lower elevations will not see as much. When it does snow, it is unlikely that it will stick around for a long period of time.

Will we see bears at our cabin?

It is certainly possible but not likely. We have cabins located in and around the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area. Every now and then, a guest will say that he or she saw a bear, but the foot hills of the mountains on which some of our cabin rentals are located are not known for being populated with bears. You will most likely see wild turkeys, raccoons and other less intimidating forms of wildlife. If you want to see bears, we suggest that you go into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or visit Cades Cove. We also have a few black bear habitats that you can visit.

What is the difference between a chalet and a log cabin?

Chalets are traditionally wood or cedar-sided homes and their interiors can feature accents of wood and drywall. Log cabins are constructed out of logs and feature them both inside and outside; they tend to feature limited amounts of drywall inside.

Where can we get our marriage license?

You can apply online at or visit one of the designated offices in the area.

Sevierville Court House
125 Court Avenue
Suite 202E
Sevierville, TN 37862
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8am to 4:30pm | Friday 8am to 6pm

Pigeon Forge Marriage Licenses
300 Pine Mountain Road
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Office Hours: Saturday 9am to 5pm

Gatlinburg Marriage Licenses
405 Reagan Drive
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Office Hours: Mondays and Fridays 8:30am to 4pm | Wednesdays 8:30 to 12pm | Saturdays 9am to 1pm

Can you suggest some great restaurants and attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge?

We would be glad to make some suggestions. Please remember that we are not affiliated with any of the restaurants or attractions that we are about to mention.

Some of our favorite restaurants in the Pigeon Forge area would be, Johnny Carino’s, Bull Fish, Blue Moose Burgers and Wings, The Pottery House Grill, The Chop House, The Marble Slab Creamery and The Smoky Mountain Brewery. Our favorites in Gatlinburg would be The Pancake Pantry, The Burg’s Coffee Shop, Howards, The Best Italian and The Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies. As for the attractions, of course we would suggest The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Stop by the Sugarland’s Visitor Center which is two miles south of traffic light 10 in Gatlinburg. The staff members there will help you with hiking, picnicking and site seeing.

Dollywood, Splash Country, Dixie Stampede and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies; these are always the “all around favorite for kids of all ages”. Don’t miss Wonder Works and while there take advantage of Master Illusionist Terry Evanswood. His show is Fantastic! We have heard great things about Pigeon Forge’s “newest” attraction The Titanic, people have said it is definitely a must see if you are the Museum type, all sorts of artifacts and information.

If your questions were not answered on this page, do not hesitate to e-mail or call us. We want you to be well-informed and comfortable with your decision to stay with Alpine Mountain Chalets.