Douglas Dam is located among the rolling uplands of the Great Valley of east Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of the lush, green Smoky Mountain foothills, Douglas attracts two million recreation visitors a year. Picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing are all popular activities at the reservoir.
Knoxville Zoological Park
The Knoxville Zoo has been rated as one of the best zoos in America. It is open year round and offers special programs such as Bedtime with the Beasts. Bedtime with the Beasts is where fun and learning come together. The Bedtime with the Beasts program is offered to any organized group of 15 to 30 people ages six and up. Enjoy private tours, activities, and animal encounters. Bring your sleeping bag and spend the night at the Knoxville Zoo! It happens March through November for $30 per person.
The Star of Knoxville Riverboat
The Star of Knoxville is an authentic paddlewheeler with a capacity 325 passengers. The main deck seats 144 passengers and is fully enclosed, air conditioned, and heated for year-round comfort. The vessel is equipped with two (2) bars, a dance floor, band stage, and is exquisitely decorated for the most elegant dinner and entertainment available. If you don't feel like having the black-tie event, the atmosphere is functional as a jeans and shorts type of place for the family reunions and football parties. The Tennessee River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the east. While cruising, you will enjoy one of the most breath- taking views in Knoxville. Not only will you see some of the history of the river, you will most certainly be relaxed by the river's beauty.
Festivals in or near Dandridge:
Bluegrass in the Smokies
Bluegrass in the Smokies is held at Riverside RV Park & Resort, Sevierville, Tennessee, U. S. Main Stage with giant tent to cover audience and stage. Workshop Stage with both instrumental and vocal workshops. 24 hour jamming in campground at 100 campsites. Also, cabins available for rent. Family event, no drugs or alcohol allowed. Performers: Larry Sparks, IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Highway, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, The Fritts Family, The Country Gentlemen, and many more of the best nationally and regionally touring Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel performers.
Bluegrass & BBQ
Come hungry to the new Bluegrass & BBQ, Dollywood’s free concert series featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music while you savor the country’s tastiest barbeque. Together, Bluegrass & BBQ makes fall in the Great Smoky Mountains a finger-lickin’, toe-tappin’ good time! Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder kicks off a lineup that includes Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Riders in the Sky, reigning IBMA Entertainer of the Year Cherryholmes and more.
Dollywood's National Music & Harvest Celebration
Four weeks of free Southern gospel concerts, visiting crafters, beautiful autumn décor and fantastic foods all add up to one thingDollywood’s National Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Enjoy the splendor of fall in the Smoky Mountains with the sounds of Southern gospel music's biggest names including The McKameys, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, the Florida Boys and many, many more! (Closed Thursdays)
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s winter wonderland of more than 3 million holiday lights sets the stage for the premiere of Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland, Dollywood's most elaborate stage production ever. Enjoy a family holiday like no other with heartwarming Christmas shows, holiday foods, and thrilling rides.
Dumplin' Valley Bluegrass Festival
Experience great bluegrass music in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at the Dumplin' Valley Bluegrass Festival. Workshops, Arts & Crafts, and plenty of food vendors on site. Camping hook-ups are available.
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
A county wide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows and much more. Held in October.
Smoky Mountain Winterfest
A county wide event, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. Smoky Mountain Winterfest features millions of Christmas lights, parades, and lots of special events.