If you watched the Chimney Tops 2 fire on television or online, you’ll be amazed by downtown Gatlinburg, which looks . . . exactly the same. Most everything downtown-from restaurants and hotels to popular attractions-is running full-steam, thanks to some heroic firefighters. The greatest damage occurred inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in residential areas-some of which will need years to recover-but the main-drag Parkway was buzzing when we were there in February.
Southern Living Magazine, Valerie Fraser Luesse